Harley Quinn has new bad guy allies in The Suicide Squad red band trailer

Idris Elba and Margot Robbie headline an ensemble cast of colorful supervillains recruited for a unique military tactical response group in the red band trailer for The Suicide Squad (embedded beneath). It’s Director James Gunn’s (Guardians of the Galaxy) standalone stick to-up to 2016’s Suicide Squad. It’s actually fairly tame as red band trailers go, playing up the jokey camaraderie amid all the explosions, gunfire, and blood spatter. Tonally, Gunn’s film feels like a cross in between Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool—in other words, it appears like a lot of enjoyable, and it really is certainly some thing we’re keen to see when it debuts this summer season.

(Some spoilers for prior DCEU films below,)

The original Suicide Squad took spot a year following the death of Superman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) receives permission to generate Task Force X, a tactical response group to combat “metahuman” threats. The group is composed totally of criminals and supervillains and is led by Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman). The government plants nanite bombs in their necks to hold them reasonably below handle, promising to shorten their sentences if their missions are effectively fulfilled. The all-star cast integrated Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Jared Leto as The Joker. 

Despite boasting such a talented cast, Suicide Squad opened in August 2016 to largely abysmal critical reviews it has a 26 % Rotten Tomatoes rating. (Director David Ayer later claimed the studio had interfered to turn his “soulful drama” into a jokier entity following the box workplace good results of Deadpool.) Critics dinged the film for its thin characters, nonsensical plot, and the truth that it was just plain boring, though it did win an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling—the initial DCEU film to be so honored. Suicide Squad also performed effectively at the box workplace, grossing 746.eight million globally, against a $175 million production spending budget ($325 million with marketing and promotion charges factored in). So the studio greenlit a sequel and various spinoff projects, like 2020’s Birds of Prey, featuring Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

What followed was an elaborate game of developmental musical chairs, as Warner Bros. did their very best to coordinate numerous versions of a script and the busy schedules of Ayer and his several actors. When Ayer left the project, the studio deemed various replacement directors, lastly settling on Gavin O’Connor. But then O’Connor departed, purportedly frustrated due to the fact the script for Birds of Prey told a really related story to the one particular he’d imagined for Suicide Squad two.

Warner Bros. subsequent hired Gunn in October 2018 to create a fresh script and direct Suicide Squad two, shortly following Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. three in light of public backlash to some resurfaced old tweets. Disney reconsidered and reinstated Gunn quickly following, but the firm agreed to let him finish The Suicide Squad initial prior to resuming function on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. three.

In its present incarnation, The Suicide Squad is additional of a relaunch than a direct sequel to the 2016 film Gunn has mentioned he wanted to take the franchise in a new path and introduce new characters. He drew inspiration from John Ostrander‘s original 1980s Suicide Squad comics. (Ostrander has a tiny function in the final film.) Gunn has described his R-rated film as a superhero version of the classic 1967 film The Dirty Dozen, picking characters he described as “loser, B-grade supervillains.” And apparently, the studio is enabling him to kill off certain characters as he sees match, which ought to make for suspenseful viewing. (We’re nonetheless betting Harley Quinn will survive.) Per the official synopsis:

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Bell Reve, the prison with the highest mortality price in the US of A. Where the worst supervillains are kept and exactly where they will do something to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, like Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Ratcatcher two (Daniela Melchior]), Savant (Michael Rooker), King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone), Blackguard (Pete Davidson), Javelin (Flula Borg), and everyone’s preferred psycho, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Then arm them heavily and drop them (actually) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Smith was unable to reprise his function as Deadshot, so Gunn wrote the Bloodsport character with Elba especially in thoughts. Kinnaman and Davis are back as Flag and Waller, respectively, with Steve Agee playing John Economos, prison warden and an aide to Waller. Other new cast members include things like Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), whose trademark polka-dotted suit is really a collection of gadgets Weasel (Sean Gunn), an anthropomorphic weasel Sol Soria (Alice Braga) T.D.K. (Nathan Fillion) Flo Crawley (Tinashe Kajese) Bloodsport’s daughter Tyla (Storm Reid) and Thinker (Peter Capaldi).

The trailer opens with a strategy for Flagg and his group to rescue Harley Quinn, who thwarts it by rescuing herself. The squad members get the similar deal as prior to: ten years off their sentence if they effectively total their mission, with a nanite injection that will explode ought to they disobey orders in any way. There are operating gags of Davidson’s Blackguard obtaining issues stuck to his shoe and King Shark’s gruesome consuming habits (“num-num”), and Capaldi brings his trademark deadpan charm to a scene with Thinker becoming threatened by Flagg and Harley Quinn. Did I mention the “freakin’ kaiju” that crashes the celebration?

The Suicide Squad debuts in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on August six, 2021. Expect to see additional from this refreshed franchise. HBO Max has currently ordered a Peacemaker spinoff straight-to-series, with Cena and Agee reprising their roles. That’s slated for a January 2022 release. What you almost certainly will not see is the “Ayer reduce” of 2016’s Suicide Squad. HBO Max has said it has no plans to release it.

Margot Robbie and Idris Elba head an all-star ensemble cast in Director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

Listing image by YouTube/Warner Bros.

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