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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jan 15, 2020. 3 comments

Suicide Squad’s relaunch pairs deadly thrills with sharp political commentary

Suicide Squad’s relaunch pairs deadly thrills with sharp political commentary

Suicide Squad endures as a superhero concept because it’s built on internal conflict: between members of the titular team and the authority figures forcing them to work together. There are layers upon layers of character dynamics to explore as supervillains butt heads with their ethically dubious handlers bearing government connections—a link that allows Suicide Squad’s writers to explore the...

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Oct 19, 2019. 19 comments

Jared Leto reportedly tried to have Joker killed

Jared Leto reportedly tried to have Joker killed

Killing the Joker is one of those fantasies that crop all the time in alternate universe or Elseworld comic books; given that he’s generally the ultimate test of Batman’s “No killing” ethos—on account of how he’s a mass murderer who can’t be kept imprisoned for more than like a week—any number of DC Comics stories (The Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s The...

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Saloni Gajjar Saloni Gajjar Oct 01, 2019. 7 comments

Marvel sent James Gunn a present on his first day of The Suicide Squad

Marvel sent James Gunn a present on his first day of The Suicide Squad

James Gunn really is the thread that will connect the Marvel and DC tapestries. The director recently began working on DC’s The Suicide Squad and Marvel sent him one heck of a present to mark the day: a scrapbook of several behind-the-scenes shots of his work on Guardians of the Galaxy. Or, as Gunn puts it in a tweet, “It’s a thick tome packed with memories that brought a tear to my eye.” He...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Sep 04, 2019. 7 comments

Peters Capaldi and Davidson join James Gunn's Suicide Squad

Peters Capaldi and Davidson join James Gunn's Suicide Squad

Just last week , we reported on the very popular and convincing theory that James Gunn’s upcoming Suicide Squad reboot thing is actually an elaborate scheme to put together a killer guest list for some radical party, and today that theory is looking even more popular and convincing. According to Deadline, Peter Capaldi—who you either know as a time-traveling old man or a very foul-mouthed old...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Aug 28, 2019. 14 comments

Taika Waititi in talks to join the wacky party that James Gunn is calling a Suicide Squad movie

Taika Waititi in talks to join the wacky party that James Gunn is calling a Suicide Squad movie

At the risk introducing a controversial new conspiracy theory, is it possible that James Gunn’s Suicide Squad reboot/remake isn’t a real movie? Right now, it seems suspiciously like an excuse for Gunn to just hang out with some cool friends and famous actors. It was already a little weird that Warner Bros.’ reaction to the undeniable popularity of the super-edgy original film was to hand the...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Aug 26, 2019. 20 comments

Nathan Fillion and Steve Agee join James Gunn's Suicide Squad

Nathan Fillion and Steve Agee join James Gunn's Suicide Squad

According to Deadline, James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel/reboot/remake/redo has just picked up a few interesting cast members. Comedian Flula Borg joined the cast last week, and in the last few days he’s been joined by fellow comedian Steve Agee and longtime TV cop/former space captain Nathan Fillion. Deadline says Agee is playing King Shark, a DC villain who is sort of like the first movie’s...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Apr 30, 2019. 13 comments

David Dastmalchian to play very iconic DC villain Polka-Dot Man in James Gunn's Suicide Squad

David Dastmalchian to play very iconic DC villain Polka-Dot Man in James Gunn's Suicide Squad

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad just landed another heavy hitter to fight alongside Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, and Idris Elba’s undisclosed new character (who is not Deadshot), with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Ant-Man’s David Dastmalchian (he also played the “Rachel Dawes” cop in The Dark Knight) has joined the cast as Abner Krill—a.k.a. Polka-Dot...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Apr 06, 2019. 10 comments

Viola Davis to likely join Jai Courtney in returning for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad

Viola Davis to likely join Jai Courtney in returning for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad went from being an overwrought misfire to an object of cautious fascination when Guardians Of The Galaxy’s James Gunn stepped in for the film’s sequel, one that’s been described as a “relaunch.” It’s not a total overhaul, though, what with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn having cemented her place in the DC universe. The franchise did, however, lose Will Smith as Deadshot in the...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Mar 19, 2019. 23 comments

A Shazam! producer thinks James Gunn could be the key to ending the DC/Marvel rivalry

A Shazam! producer thinks James Gunn could be the key to ending the DC/Marvel rivalry

It may seem silly to pit Marvel movies and DC movies against each other, since they’re all comic book movies and the audience for one tends to be the exact same audience for the other, but we live in a world where everyone has to pick sides on everything—whether it’s politics, video game consoles, or comic book movies. According to Aquaman and Shazam! producer Peter Safran, though, it doesn’t...

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William Hughes William Hughes Mar 07, 2019. 19 comments

Idris Elba is reportedly replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the Suicide Squad sequel

Idris Elba is reportedly replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the Suicide Squad sequel

Thor star Idris Elba is about to join the vaunted “two superhero cinematic universes” club, albeit in kind of a weird way: Variety is reporting that the former watcher of the Bifrost has just signed on for James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel, where he’ll be replacing Will Smith in the role of the lethally accurate hitman Deadshot.

Smith announced last week that he was dropping out of the DC...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jan 31, 2019. 24 comments

James Gunn will probably direct the Suicide Squad sequel, which is being called a "relaunch"

James Gunn will probably direct the Suicide Squad sequel, which is being called a "relaunch"

As DC Comics continues to (successfully ) bleed the smothering darkness from its lame slate of comic book adaptations, here comes news that Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn could lend his whimsical approach to Warner Bros.’s Suicide Squad sequel. News of Gunn’s involvement was first reported back in October, when it was revealed he would write the script. Now, along with a number...

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Matt Harvey Matt Harvey Nov 30, 2018. 18 comments

Blue Beetle will be the first DCEU movie with a Latino lead

Blue Beetle will be the first DCEU movie with a Latino lead

DC and Warner Bros. are working on a stand-alone Blue Beetle film, with Latino comic book character Jaime Reyes as the chosen incarnation of the title hero. Reyes is a Mexican-American teenager from El Paso, Texas who inadvertently becomes the conduit for the Blue Beetle scarab that gives him access to a suit of superpowered armor and extraterrestrial abilities. According to The Wrap , DC...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Nov 26, 2018. 21 comments

It sounds like Suicide Squad could've been even weirder if not for Justice League 

It sounds like Suicide Squad could've been even weirder if not for Justice League 

For a movie that introduced the world to Jared Leto’s scowling, slimy, forehead tattoo-having Joker, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was shockingly dull. It was too gloomy and gritty for its own good, especially considering its supposed to be about a ragtag group of weird DC Comics villains like Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc. The movie was never going to be Guardians Of The Galaxy (though the...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Oct 10, 2018. 15 comments

Dave Bautista's ready and willing to join James Gunn's Suicide Squad sequel

Dave Bautista's ready and willing to join James Gunn's Suicide Squad sequel

Few things in life are as pure as Dave Bautista’s devotion to his Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn. Earlier this year, a gaggle of bad-faith trolls got him fired from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3  over a series of old, offensive posts he made on Twitter, and Bautista, who plays Drax in the series, emerged as his staunchest defender. He’s rallied for Disney to use Gunn’s script...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Oct 10, 2018. 22 comments

James Gunn to write and maybe direct Suicide Squad 2

James Gunn to write and maybe direct Suicide Squad 2

Disney and Warner Bros. would probably never admit that their Marvel and DC superhero movies are direct competitors, since that’s not very professional and also one side is way better than the other, but Warner Bros. just fired a direct shot at Marvel Studios by hiring James Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2. That comes from Deadline, which says that Gunn might even direct film, meaning it would...

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Esther Zuckerman Esther Zuckerman Apr 25, 2017. 24 comments

Chris Pratt criticizes Suicide Squad for introducing too many characters

Chris Pratt criticizes Suicide Squad for introducing too many characters

Chris Pratt has some well-reasoned thoughts about Suicide Squad that should nonetheless go over terribly with DC fans, given the mildly critical stance he takes. Though initially Pratt told io9 , “I really like all the Warner Bros. movies,” he did have a specific suggestion as to how that company’s bad-guys-doing-good movie might have been improved. “I think they’re really cool and I’m not a...

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AV Club Staff AV Club Staff Apr 07, 2017.

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

Release date: August 1, 2016

The story: Government agent Amanda Waller develops a secret government program to recruit dangerous criminals and put them to work fighting even more worrying threats, the idea being these high-risk missions are ideal for assets no one will miss, should they die. Unfortunately, one of her first recruits, an ancient being called Enchantress, goes rogue and teams up...

Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Feb 03, 2017. 23 comments

Common admits he’d still like to play Green Lantern

Common admits he’d still like to play Green Lantern

Common’s recent trip to the DC Extended Universe apparently hasn’t put him off from returning to it. The rapper-actor played Monster T (who was possibly the comics’ Tattooed Man) in Suicide Squad, where he got up close and personal with Jared Leto’s Joker. And he tells IGN that he’d love to join the Green Lantern Corps movie that was announced in July 2015.

The new adaptation will feature...

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Esther Zuckerman Esther Zuckerman Jan 23, 2017. 23 comments

David Ayer has a few Suicide Squad regrets

David Ayer has a few Suicide Squad regrets

Considering all that took place after it debuted in August, Suicide Squad is one of 2016’s more minor abominations. It didn’t even land on The A.V. Club’s worst films of the year list, despite the critical drubbing it received upon release. Director David Ayer, however, is apparently working through some feelings about the film, composing a long note posted to Twitter in which he explains...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jan 07, 2017. 23 comments

Blockbuster teams unite in this Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad exclusive

Blockbuster teams unite in this Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad exclusive

Anyone who reads superhero comics probably won’t be surprised to learn that a fight between superhero teams would turn into a team-up, and that’s exactly what’s happening in the Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad event. That’s not to say that the miniseries has been predictable; the quasi-villainous nature of the Suicide Squad adds a certain “X” factor to Joshua Williamson’s story, and rather...

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