David Ayer’s Suicide Squad caused quite the buzz when it came out in 2016. Critics weren’t into it much but audiences were more receptive to the DC shenanigans and it went on to become a box-office success, drawing in nearly $750 million worldwide.
Well, Harley Quinn and her mischievous pals are coming back. Can Warner Bros get it right this time? Will the film live up to its trailer second time around? Will Harley find an outfit that offers a modicum of protection in a fight? Time will tell.
Ahead of the The Suicide Squad‘s release, here’s everything we know so far.
Suicide Squad 2 release date: When’s it out?
On January 30, 2019, Warner Bros finally confirmed that the movie will be released on August 6, 2021.
Before all the behind-the-scenes moves, filming was due to start on the new Suicide Squad movie in March 2018, but this changed (obviously).
According to Deadline, James Gunn (more on him later) is looking to start production in Atlanta in September 2019.
Suicide Squad 2 cast: Who’s in it?
With Gunn’s movie acting as a reboot, don’t expect many returning faces from the original in the new movie.
Will Smith won’t be back as Deadshot due to scheduling conflicts, and it seemed that Idris Elba was set to replace him. This all changed when it was announced that Elba was playing an entirely new character – so definitely not Deadshot.
Margot Robbie will likely be back as Harley Quinn following her solo movie Birds of Prey, and she might (or might not) be joined by Joel Kinnaman as government agent Rick Flag (no one really quite knows yet). Gunn has certainly hinted that Harley’s returning for his movie.
Cara Delevingne will not be back as Enchantress, which we’re totally okay with (sorry Cara, but your villain sucked), although Jai Courtney will be back as Captain Boomerang and so will Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
No word yet on a return for Karen Fukuhara (Katana) or Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc).
There were rumours that Jay Hernandez (El Diablo) could come back somehow even after his explosive exit in the original film. After all, a VFX clip that’s been released suggested he originally survived.
Unsurprisingly, Dave Bautista – who was very vocal in his backing of Gunn in the dark days – is already campaigning to be in it.
Oh, and John Cena’s on board too apparently, but we don’t know as who yet.
The youngest name to join the cast is A Wrinkle In Time‘s Storm Reid. She will play the daughter of Idris Elba’s as-yet-unconfirmed character.
“I hope it’s going to come back. At the moment, I can’t tell you. Not because I don’t want to tell you, but because I’m not allowed to tell you,” he said when one fan asked about his new hairdo.
“But I’m going to be completely bald. So they started it because they had to do some prosthetics, so they had to take my hair back. And I said, ‘Could you leave a little bit because I’m going to Toronto? And I wanna look good for the people there’.”
Suicide Squad 2 director: Who’s filming it?
Suicide Squad director David Ayer won’t be back for a second run on DC’s government-sponsored team of villains, as he’s decided to take the helm for the female-centric spin-off Gotham City Sirens instead.
After the likes of Mel Gibson and Gavin O’Connor were linked, the sequel is now going to be directed by someone no DC or Marvel fan could have expected a couple of years ago.
Initially he was set to just write a “completely new take”, but he will direct the movie as well now. Since the filmmaker was invited back to helm the Guardians 3 project in a shock twist, Gunn will work on the DC offering first before moving onto the MCU threequel.
The movie has a new title of The Suicide Squad, marking it out as a reboot and not a sequel to the first movie.
Asked how excited fans should be about Suicide Squad 2, producer Peter Safran explained: “First of all, we don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 because it’s a total reboot, so it’s The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it.”
“It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot.”
Gunn was a little more elusive about the status of the film, telling ET: “You know, these terms are all so narrow. There are so many terms. It is what it is. You’ll see in two years when it comes out.”
It’s not clear if the script that Gunn is working on is connected in any way to the one that Todd Stashwick worked on with Bar Katz. In September 2018, Stashwick confirmed that they had finished their draft and they were “really proud of it”.
Perhaps they’ll remain completely separate and Stashwick and Katz’s script can be saved for (another) sequel at some point down the line.
As for whether his work on DC’s movie about a bunch of losers who come together to become heroes will clash with his Marvel movie about a bunch of losers who come together to become heroes, Gunn is very sanguine about the situation.
He told Deadline: “Disney totally had the right to fire me. This wasn’t a free speech issue. I said something they didn’t like and they completely had the right to fire me. There was never any argument of that.”
“I don’t blame anyone. I feel and have felt bad for a while about some of the ways I spoke publicly; some of the jokes I made, some of the targets of my humour, just the unintentional consequences of not being more compassionate in what I’m putting out there. I know that people have been hurt by things that I’ve said, and that’s still my responsibility.”
“That first day,” he continued. “I’m going to say it was the most intense of my entire life… It happened, and suddenly it seemed like everything was gone. I just knew, in a moment that happened incredibly quickly, I had been fired. It felt as if my career was over… “
“And then came this outpouring of real love. From my girlfriend Jen; my producer and my agents; Chris Pratt calling me and freaking out; Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan, all calling and crying. Sylvester Stallone FaceTime-ing me. And, of course, Dave Bautista, who came out so strong. That amount of love that I felt from my friends, my family, and the people in the community was absolutely overwhelming.”
“So a part of that day was the worst of my life, and a part of it was the greatest day of my life.”
“That first couple weeks, I completely stayed off social media. I just completely disconnected from all of that. It was hard as hell and I was really living minute to minute, but it was also rewarding, in being able to see life from a different perspective.”
Speaking about joining DC and Warner Bros to make The Suicide Squad before eventually getting re-hired by Disney, he said: “The studios, for the most part, said, ‘We’d love to have you’. They called within the first two days. But I didn’t believe it.”
“The Suicide Squad sequel, it just instantly started flowing. I don’t think I’ve had as much fun writing a script since maybe Dawn of the Dead. That’s what this whole movie has been like.”
“The initial conversations with Alan (Horn, Disney head) weren’t, ‘Let’s figure out if I should come back’. It was, ‘Let’s talk about this’. It was like the break-up of my marriage.”
“I got divorced, and then had those conversations with my ex-wife: ‘Let’s get along as well as we possibly can and be kind to each other because we’re both a large part of each other’s lives’.”
“I got a little bit teary-eyed in his office. And then I had to go tell Kevin Feige I had just decided to do Suicide Squad, so that made me very nervous.”
One thing’s certain, Gunn’s having fun making the movie.
“It’s been an unbelievably rewarding experience so far, and a real dream come true for me,” he told one fan on Twitter. “I’m hoping to release some news VERY SOON.”
Suicide Squad 2 plot: What’s it about?
We know next to nothing about Suicide Squad 2‘s plot at the moment, but you can make a good deal of educated guesses. Or at least we could before the Gunn news broke.
Originally, we assumed the plot would probably follow the basic outline of all Suicide Squad stories – Amanda Waller dispatches her team on a mission where it’s doubtful that they will make it out alive. Cue the double crossing.
We expected O’Connor to address one of the biggest criticisms of the first film by giving Leto’s Joker a role that actually has a meaningful impact on the plot (it being too much to hope that they just ditch him entirely).
Leto himself is a “little confused” by what’s going on with his character, probably in part due to that standalone and totally unrelated Joker origin movie. Not to mention the other, Leto-starring Joker film in development.
But now, all bets are off and it’ll be a “total reboot” apparently. Here’s hoping we don’t have to have another origin story though.
If you ask us, Warner Bros should fulfil the team’s original promise and have them fight a superhero rather than some random villain no-one cares about (sorry Cara).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn’s movie will be inspired more by Jon Ostrander and Kim Yale’s 1980s comic run, than the New 52 version that inspired Ayer’s original movie.
Suicide Squad 2 trailer: When can I see it?
We’re not expecting one anytime soon. With the release date confirmed, Comic-Con 2020 looks like a decent bet for first footage. Watch this space.