The Suicide Squad is back — in the hands of Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn, who jumps from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the DC Extended Universe. (Don't worry Marvel fans, he's switching back to the MCU as he has Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 next up.) For those who have some memory of the 2016 dumpster fire Suicide Squad — poor you (and me) — a movie that has since been disowned by its director David Ayer, The Suicide Squad lies somewhere between being a sequel and a soft reboot. Essentially, it's best to think that the first chapter doesn't exist. It's the only acceptable way to live anyway. Who wants to be reminded of Jared Leto's Joker after all? Okay, I'm sorry!
But why is the new Suicide Squad movie stuck in this middle ground? Well, that's because it's keeping some of the first film's cast members: Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis are all back. But they are surrounded by a largely new ensemble that comprises the new Task Force X — that's the government-assigned name for the gang of supervillains who are given assignments that aren't worth risking anyone else — most of whom will be killed off, Gunn himself has teased. What's the new mission? Destroying a Nazi-era laboratory called Jotunheim on the fictional island of Corto Maltese, where they must contend with the forces of a local dictator and the giant alien Starro.
From F9 to The Suicide Squad, What to Watch in August
Gunn has been afforded more freedom than Ayer, with The Suicide Squad only the fourth film based on a DC Comics property to be rated R (in the US) and/or certified A (in India). Zack Snyder's 2009 Watchmen, Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker, and Justice League Snyder Cut were the previous ones. For the DCEU though, The Suicide Squad is a first. Snyder Cut doesn't count as it's not considered part of DCEU, unlike the original Justice League.
The Suicide Squad is also the first major movie to release in India as cinemas reopen following the debilitating second wave of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will be in select cities though, in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Two major markets (Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu) are missing at launch, where The Suicide Squad will release when cinemas reopen. Available in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, the new DC movie releases in 2D and IMAX 2D formats — IMAX is exclusive to English though.
With that, here's everything you need to know about The Suicide Squad, be it when you can watch, where to watch, who's in it, what it's about, and if there's a sequel coming.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad
Photo Credit: DC Comics/Warner Bros.
The Suicide Squad release date in India
The newest DC movie is out Thursday, August 5 in cinemas across India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. On the same day, it will also be available in theatres in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, and Ukraine.
On Friday, August 6, The Suicide Squad will roll out in Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, and the US. It will release Friday, August 13 in Japan, and Thursday, August 19 in Germany. Previews might be available a day prior in select territories.
The Suicide Squad has already released in Belgium, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK.
The Suicide Squad release date on HBO Max
As with all Warner Bros. movies releasing in 2021, The Suicide Squad will have a day-and-date release in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US for the first month.
Hence, The Suicide Squad is out Friday, August 6 on HBO Max and should be available until Tuesday, September 5. It's included in your HBO Max subscription at no additional charge.
The Suicide Squad ticket bookings
There's no word yet on when online ticket bookings will open for The Suicide Squad in India, but it's expected soon given we are so close to release date at this point. We will update the moment we hear from Warner Bros.
The Suicide Squad cast
Robbie continues as The Suicide Squad's female lead Harley Quinn, making this her third appearance as the character following 2016's Suicide Squad and 2020's Birds of Prey. On both previous instances, she was also the lead. Robbie's Harley Quinn needs no introduction at this point.
Idris Elba (Luther, Hobbs & Shaw) takes over from Will Smith's Deadshot as the male lead — or rather, he was originally cast as Deadshot, but Gunn changed his role to Bloodsport later. Elba's Bloodsport has advanced tech weapons that only he can use. He joins Task Force X so that he can be reunited with his daughter Tyla, played by Storm Reid (Euphoria).
They are joined by John Cena (F9, Bumblebee) as ruthless patriotic killer Peacemaker described by both Cena and Gunn as a “douche-y bro” take on Captain America. Peacemaker is set to get his own spin-off series on HBO Max.
Kinnaman returns as Rick Flag, the on-field leader of Task Force X. But as with the film, Kinnaman's Flag has been a blank slate. Kinnaman has said that this version is sillier, more naïve, and less jaded.
Idris Elba as Bloodsport, and King Shark in The Suicide Squad
Photo Credit: DC Comics/Warner Bros.
Sylvester Stallone is the voice of King Shark, a man-eating fish-human hybrid with a "dad-bod" courtesy of Gunn to make him look less like an animal. King Shark's design switched from hammerhead shark (as in the comics) to a great white shark because it was awkward to have him talk with others while having eyes on side of his head. Steve Agee played King Shark on set.
Davis is back as Amanda Waller who runs the Task Force X programme, as is Jai Courtney as boomerang-wielding Australian thief Captain Boomerang. Unlike Rick Flag, their characters are largely unchanged.
Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) rounds out the main cast as highly-intelligent supervillain The Thinker.
Beyond that, there's David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man) as “experiment gone wrong” Polka-Dot Man who serves as the film's tragic character, Daniela Melchior (Valor da Vida) as bank robber and rat-communicator Ratcatcher 2 who's the heart of the film per Gunn, and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) as computer hacker Savant.
We also have Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) as easily-manipulated mercenary Blackguard, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as TDK who can detach his limbs, Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) as anthropomorphic weasel Weasel, Flula Borg (The Good Place) as javelin-wielding Olympic athlete Javelin, and Mayling Ng (Lady Bloodfight) as the alien Mongal.
That does it for Task Force X. The Suicide Squad also stars Alice Braga (City of God) as Sol Soria, the leader of the resistance against the Maltese dictator. Sol Soria is hence an ally to Task Force X. Juan Diego Botto (Good Behavior) plays the Corto Maltese dictator Silvio “El Presidente” Luna and Joaquín Cosío (Belzebuth) is his right-hand man Major General Mateo Suárez.
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has a small role as Ratcatcher, the father of Ratcatcher 2. There are roles for Julio Ruiz, Tinashe Kajese, Jennifer Holland, Stephen Blackehart, comic book writer John Ostrander, and director Lloyd Kaufman.
The Suicide Squad trailer
The first look at the new Suicide Squad came last August at DC FanDome, with a two-minute behind-the-scenes sneak peek featuring cast members hyping up the DC movie. Alongside, we were introduced to the film's massive ensemble cast of characters.
A first trailer (below) came this March, telling us what to expect from Gunn's take on Suicide Squad and teasing the tentacled monster starfish villain Starro. That was followed in April by a trailer suited to audiences of all ages, after premiering in front of Godzilla vs. Kong screenings.
The final trailer for The Suicide Squad arrived in late June, giving us another look at Starro and their Corto Maltese mission codenamed “Project Starfish”. And then in mid-July, Gunn unveiled a character featurette to reintroduce the ensemble.
The Suicide Squad synopsis
Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out — even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today's do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone's favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller's government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they're dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone's laying down bets, the smart money is against them — all of them.
The Suicide Squad review
Early reviews for The Suicide Squad have been largely positive. At the time of writing, the new DC movie sits at a 96 percent “fresh” rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. On fellow aggregator Metacritic, The Suicide Squad has a “generally favourable” 77 score. You can read the Gadgets 360 review of The Suicide Squad on the link below.
Review: The Suicide Squad Is More Than DC's Guardians of the Galaxy
Suicide Squad 3?
While Warner Bros. has yet to officially announce anything as yet, Gunn has spoken about his desire to make another Suicide Squad movie: “I've had ideas, actually. If I did a sequel, it's not like, 'Hey, let's assemble another team and let's do this!' It would be very different.”
But it won't happen for a while. Gunn is currently busy preparing for his MCU return. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is slated for May 2023, with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special due late 2022 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. They will film back-to-back starting this November.
The earliest Gunn could start on a sequel to The Suicide Squad would be in late 2022 or early 2023. That means it wouldn't release before 2024. This is all if Warner even greenlights a sequel to begin with.
Until then, you will have to make yourself happy with Peacemaker, coming in 2022 to HBO Max. And it's possible some of them might show up elsewhere in the DCEU too.
The Suicide Squad poster
Here's the official poster for The Suicide Squad from Warner Bros.:
The official poster for The Suicide Squad
Photo Credit: DC Comics/Warner Bros.
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