The only film I’ve actively turned off halfway through, due to sheer boredom and frustration, was the 2016 big-screen adaptation of the much-loved comic book series Suicide Squad. It starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto and was a tonal omnishambles, even though the amazing trailer used to promote the movie had suggested otherwise.
Fast forward four years to this weekend and at something called the DC Fandome, a virtual online comic-con style event for all things DC related in a post-Covid world, director James Gunn, (Guardians Of The Galaxy), joyfully unveiled a chunk of footage and artwork for his forthcoming ‘soft’ reboot of the franchise, creatively entitled The Suicide Squad.
Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jai Cortney all reprise their original roles from the 2016 version and are joined by a cast of new characters fleshed out by Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, John Cena, Michael Rooker and Nathan Fillion to name just a few. It looks like a vivid, colourful blast and Gunn was excited to release details to fans, (see video above and below).
Apparently this time the squad are being sent south to Panama on yet another do-or-die mission. In the 2016 version Ben Affleck popped up as Batman in a cameo appearance linking the Suicide Squad to the extended DC universe, no word on whether the new Batman Robert Pattinson will be doing the same for this version.
The Suicide Squad is slated for general release on August 6th, 2021.