The Suicide Squad are back. Well, some of them. James Gunn’s soft reboot of the DC Comics anti-hero team sees the welcome return of Margo Robbie as Harley Quinn.
Don’t call it a comeback. The Suicide Squad is neither a full-on reboot nor a sequel as James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) takes on writing and directing duties for what’s being classified as a “soft reboot”.
Despite slick marketing, the 2016 film, ‘Suicide Squad‘, remains etched in my mind as one of the worst movies ever made. The only standout from a turd of a film was Margot Robbie and her portrayal of Harley Quinn. Her look inspired a million cosplayers and led to a lead role in the fantastic, ‘Birds of Prey: And the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn‘.
It comes as no surprise that Robbie is one of only a handful of actors reprising their role for ‘The Suicide Squad’. Will Smith is out. In comes a mostly new cast of anti-heroes, Including some familiar faces (or voices) from past James Gunn movies including Sylvester Stallone as the voice of King Shark, Michael Rooker as Savant and, as always, Gunn’s brother, Sean, as Weasel. John Cena and Idris Elba also star.
This red band trailer pulls no punches and provides a good indicator as to what we can expect from James Gunn’s take on the source material. King Shark literally tears a man in half in the trailer, as well as eating another guy. Alongside the action we can assume that there will be close to the bone humour and slapstick.
The premise isn’t wildly different from the 2016 movie. A rebellious group of super-villains are recruited, under duress, to undertake dangerous, world-saving missions. Failure to comply results in a small explosive embedded into the base of their skull being detonated.
The Suicide Squad is scheduled for an August 6th cinematic release.
About The Suicide Squad | Super-Villains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X where they are heavily-armed and dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.