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James Gunn Shares Look at The Suicide Squad Storyboard

James Gunn has shared a first look at the upcoming film The Suicide Squad through a storyboard. Suicide Squad 2, which has officially been titled The Suicide Squad, will be the follow-up to the 2016 film that was directed by David Ayer. After Disney fired Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the director jumped over to DC to work on The Suicide SquadGunn has since been rehired by Disney, but will direct The Suicide Squad before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

The Suicide Squad is currently on track for a summer 2021 release date with Gunn directing, but that wasn’t always the plan. At one point it was believed that Suicide Squad 2 could be released in 2018, but the film obviously got delayed by a few years. Several directors were also in talks to helm the project before Gunn, including Mel Gibson, Guy Ritchie, and Gavin O’Connor. Gunn is now officially on board for the project and it looks like he is on the storyboard process of development.

Related: James Gunn Misses Endgame Premiere Due to Working on Suicide Squad

In a screenshot from James Gunn’s instagram story, the director can be seen working hard on an illustration for a storyboard. It is hard to make out what exactly is drawn no the notecard, but Gunn captioned his post “My beautiful storyboards are back #TheSuicideSquad“. The screenshot, courtesy of Thomas Polito, can be seen below.

Suicide Squad had several DC villains such as the Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). However, The Suicide Squad has been called a “total reboot”  and is said to introduce several new members to the team. The DC villains King Shark, Peacemaker, Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher have all been confirmed for the sequel, but there are some team members from the first movie that are also returning. So far, only Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller are said to be returning for the sequel.

This sneak peek of the film might not give fans too many details about the project, but it should be reassuring at least that the project is actually making progress. Fans might not be able to tell what is being drawn in this storyboard at this point, but it is always fascinating to look back after the movie has been released to see which of Gunn’s storyboardsd came to life. Gunn has shared storyboards in the past for films like Guardians of the Galaxy, so hopefully The Suicide Squad will be able to match the success he has seemed to have with Marvel thus far.

More: The Suicide Squad: Idris Elba is Playing a New Character, Not Deadshot

Source: James Gunn, Thomas Polito



2019-04-25 05:04:50

Christopher Fiduccia

James Gunn’s Suicide Squad 2 Eyes John Cena For Unknown Role

John Cena appears to be joining James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The former WWE star has been making the transition to Hollywood over the last several years, hoping to find the same level of success that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Dave Bautista have had. His first major role came in 2009’s 12 Rounds, but it did not result in him becoming a major action star right away.

Instead of being pigeonholed into being the larger than life, indestructible hero, Cena has more recently found most of his success with more comedically inclined roles. He made small appearances in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, both Daddy’s Home movies, and the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters. He recently got the chance to star in Blockers and joined the franchise world with Bumblebee. These were both successful turns for him, and now he’s using it to join a superhero franchise.

Related: Why Suicide Squad 2 Is NOT A Reboot

Variety is reporting that Cena is in talks to play an undisclosed role in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. He would be the second new cast member to join, after Idris Elba previously joined the project. This report further confirms that Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn, as will Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. UPDATE: Variety‘s Justin Kroll shared on Twitter that Cena’s role is the same one originally intended for Bautista (who passed due to scheduling) and that it is believed to be Peacemaker.

This is not the first time that Gunn has brought a former WWE star aboard one of his superhero projects, as he notably gave Dave Bautista his breakout role as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista has used the popularity of that character to become one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, and if everything goes well, this unknown role in The Suicide Squad could be another launching point for Cena’s acting career. Bautista and Cena could even share the screen here, as Bautista was previously reported to be in line to make an appearance of his own.

Even though this report does not add any details on his character, a previously revealed Suicide Squad team lineup does at least give us a few realistic options. The one that may suit Cena the most is Peacemaker, but that is also the role that Bautista was rumored to be playing. Since that is not yet confirmed, Cena fits the same mold and is now reportedly in talks to join, while Bautista has most recently joined Zack Snyder’s new movie and could make it difficult for him to also appear here. If it isn’t Peacemaker, Cena could also potentially play King Shark. This role could require less from Cena if the giant shark is made with CGI, but Cena may also have the necessary build to try and do the character practically.

That all said, there is also the chance that Cena is playing a character who previously was not said to be in the movie. Gunn is still rewriting the script and is still making big changes, like making Elba play a new character instead of taking over as Deadshot. Regardless of who he ends up playing, Cena’s comedic and action ability make him a great fit for Gunn’s usual style and gives The Suicide Squad another recognizable name to increase interest.

MORE: Suicide Squad 2’s New Characters Explained

Source: Variety



2019-04-17 11:04:42

Cooper Hood

Jared Leto’s Suicide Squad Joker Tattoos Explained

Reactions to Jared Leto’s take on the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad were decidedly mixed, but what do the character’s various tattoos really mean? The Joker is arguably the most famous villain in comic book history and following his introduction in 1940, he’s morphed from comical prankster to one of Batman’s most lethal foes. Where Batman wants to bring order and justice to Gotham City, the Joker thrives on chaos and destruction.

The Joker has been memorably brought to life in a number of mediums. Jack Nicholson’s Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman is one of the most iconic, but Mark Hamill’s portrayal in Batman: The Animated Series to video games like Batman: Arkham Knight is also considered definitive. While fans were skeptical when Heath Ledger was cast in the role for The Dark Knight, the actor would soon prove them wrong with his mesmerizing portrayal. Ledger tragically passed away before the movie’s release and would earn a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his work.

Related: Joker Theory: Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Creates Batman

Fans are excited to see what Joaquin Phoenix does with the role in the standalone Joker movie, which promises to be a dark, grounded take on the villain. Responses to Jared Leto’s interpretation in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was famously divided. From stories of his outlandish behavior during filming to his garish look, it’s fair to say Leto’s performance split opinions. That said, he definitely brought a new energy and look to the part, especially in regards to the many Joker tattoos.

Ayer would state the Joker tattoos all tell a story and contain a number of easter eggs. Even the character’s contentious grill has a backstory, with Ben Affleck’s Batman having smashed the Joker’s teeth after he murdered Robin. Ayer and Leto drew inspiration from real-life drug lords for the character’s look and fascination with tattoos, so here’s the meaning behind some of the Joker’s most prominent ink.

“Damaged”

Probably the most controversial tattoo for fans, the “Damaged” stamped on the Joker’s forehead is intended to be a personal message to Batman, blaming him for ruining his good looks after knowing out his teeth. Ayer would later admit this particular tat was probably a mistake.

HAHAHAHA

The HAHAHA’s found on Joker’s chest and left arm is a trademark of the character to indicate he’s always laughing about something. He also spraypainted Robin’s suit in the same way after his murder to taunt Batman.

The J Initial

Prior to the release of Suicide Squad, a popular fan theory stated Leto’s Joker was actually Jason Todd, and the “J” tat on his cheek was a nod to this. This has subsequently been proven false, however, and is likely just a vanity reference to his own name.

The Stabbed Bat Logo

Found on Joker’s left arm is a Batman logo stabbed by a knife. This could either be a reference to Joker’s desire to kill the Caped Crusader or another nod to the death of Robin.

Dead Robin

A tattoo of a robin pierced with an arrow is found on the Joker’s right bicep, which is a pretty blunt taunt to Batman over killing Robin in the past.

The Smiles

Leto’s Joker has three tattoos of toothy smiles; one on his right forearm, his left hand, and his stomach. He uses the left-hand grin to hide his own smile during one scene, suggesting the tattoos are to hide his own insecurity over Batman smashing out his real teeth.

Related: The Best Joker Dark Knight Theory (And How It Improves The Movie)

JOKER

A pretty self-explanatory one, with this torso tattoo literally branding the character as the Joker. The villain possibly got this one to shed whoever he was in his former life.

“God’s Only Child”

This tattoo is found on Leto’s back and is either a not so subtle reference to the Joker seeing himself as special or a jab at the idea of religion.

“All In”

One of the most distinctive Joker tattoos is of a deck of cards on his neck labeled “All In.” Cards are obviously a big part of the Joker’s history and “All In” is probably a reference to how the villain lives his life. He also has a tattoo of card suits on his knuckles.

Jester

The Jester tattoo on Joker’s chest in Suicide Squad could be a reference to his relationship with Harley Quinn. The fact the Jester is a skull suggests a darker meaning, however.

Next: Why Gotham Season 4 Episode 11 Was Important For The Joker


2019-04-17 08:04:55

Padraig Cotter

Shazam: The Suicide Squad/Joker Connection You Missed

Warning: SPOILERS for Shazam!

The Shazam! movie mentions almost every member of the DCEU’s Justice League, but the film’s coolest secret actually connects Billy Batson’s story directly to the romance between Harley Quinn and Joker. Did YOU spot it?

As the comic book fans likely already know Shazam! is FILLED with Easter Eggs that most viewers will completely miss. But one of the best touches forms a direct link between Billy Batson’s rise to superheroics… and the romance between Joker and Harley Quinn in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The best part? The connection isn’t just in the fiction of the DCEU, but the real world, too.

RELATED: The Shazam Family of (Adult?) Superheroes Explained

Those audience members who decided to stick around and see the post-credits scene for Shazam! or even the faceless Superman cameo may think be worried that they missed a pivotal detail, but fear not. The actual connection between Billy Batson, Freddy Freeman, Joker, and Harley is forged much earlier in the movie, when the boys are trying to discover just how many superpowers Billy’s magical form can exhibit.

His use of electricity, super speed, super strength, and bullet immunity all become clear in the first night of testing. But with the possibilities truly appearing endless, Billy and Freddy decide to ditch class, head to an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Philadelphia, and start to discover what Billy–sorry, ‘Thundercrack’ is truly capable of. The process is a complex one, finding Billy flossing, punching through concrete walls, shattering cinder blocks, and being unwittingly set on fire. But it isn’t the tests fans will want to be watching.

The empty warehouse might seem boring, but one shot of the testing trials reveals a corporate logo left behind amidst the metal beams and massive tanks. The logo is that of ACE Chemicals, one of the most notorious corporations in all of the DC Comics Universe. Why? Because they were the makers of the very toxins that transformed a normal man into the bleached-skinned, green-haired, crazed and maniacal Joker. ACE Chemicals has shown up numerous times in DCEU movies as a Gotham institution, but the remnants of its Philadelphia operation are no coincidence. Believe us, it gets weirder.

Fans may not have realized it, but they have already watched one other scene of testing and discovery set inside an ACE Chemicals factory in the DCEU. While it’s never explicitly said that Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad went through the exact same origin story, his decision to let Dr. Harleen Quinzel prove her love leaves little doubt. Heading directly to ACE Chemicals, Joker asks Harley to take the same plunge he did, leading to their so-called ‘chemical wedding’ in the vat of toxins (that recolor her as it did him).

Thankfully there are no such toxins left behind in Philly (we hope) along with the company’s logo, but there’s an even more incredible explanation for the ACE Chemicals branding. The empty warehouse in which Billy and Freddy test Shazam’s powers is actually the Hearn Generating Station, a now decommissioned electrical generating station outside of Toronto, Ontario. That’s the exact same location used for ACE Chemicals during Suicide Squad, meaning this link between films, heroes, and villains could be an intentional move by director David F. Sandberg… or could just be a case of spray painted set decoration being left up to do the work for them.

Either way, the bonds between the different branches of the DCEU have grown in number, pulling two of the most polar opposite movies closer than almost any other. Not to mention making us crave a crossover between Shazam and Harley Quinn more than we expected.

MORE: Everything We Know About Shazam 2


2019-04-06 07:04:57

Andrew Dyce

Viola Davis Reportedly Returning for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad

Viola Davis is reportedly returning as Amanda Waller for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. While Gunn’s DC Extended Universe movie has been described as a “total reboot” of the property by producer Peter Safran, it’s becoming increasingly clear that’s not really the case. So far, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney are both set to reprise their respective roles from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang) in Gunn’s film. Meanwhile, Will Smith was planning to reprise his role as Deadshot in Gunn’s movie, but had to pass due to a scheduling conflict, and has since been replaced by Idris Elba.

The Suicide Squad comic books revolve around a rotating roster of incarcerated super-villains who are recruited by the government to carry out jobs that are deemed too dangerous or illicit for DC’s superheroes to execute, with the promise of reduced jail sentences for their efforts (if they survive). As the team title implies, these missions have a tendency to get its members killed, and only a handful end up actually living to fight another day. Of course, their boss Amanda Waller is a constant, and it looks like the DCEU movies will follow suit in that respect.

Related: Why James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is NOT a Reboot

The Wrap is reporting that Waller will reprise her role as Waller from Ayer’s Suicide Squad for Gunn’s movie, based on intel from a source close to the project. Assuming that’s the case, it shouldn’t be too long before either Davis or Warner Bros. confirms the news.

As poorly as Ayer’s Suicide Squad fared with critics, it was a big box office success (grossing $747 million at the global box office) and featured a motley crew of characters that, for the most part, audiences seemed to like. That was certainly the case with Davis as Waller, who did a great job of capturing the character’s ruthless nature in a relatively limited amount of screen-time. Waller, as indicated earlier, is a bit like the Nick Fury to the Suicide Squad’s Avengers in the comic books, so it only makes sense for the character to appear in The Suicide Squad in some capacity. And seeing as the movie is shaping up to be more of a soft reboot than anything else (WB Chairman Toby Emmerich even called it Suicide Squad 2 at the studio’s CinemaCon presentation this week), there’s absolutely no reason to not have Davis come back and tackle the role again.

Of course, those who bit the dust in Ayer’s movie (RIP Slipknot and El Diablo) won’t be coming back for The Suicide Squad, so there will have to be some fresh additions to the lineup in Gunn’s film. It’s been reported that the new recruits will include obscure characters like Polka-Dot Man and Peacemaker, as well as super-villains like The Flash‘s King Shark. But again, knowing Waller, there’s a very good chance that she’ll end up sending one or more of these newcomers to the grave with whatever mission she’s got planned next for The Suicide Squad.

MORE: Every DC Movie Confirmed For After Shazam!

Source: The Wrap


2019-04-05 09:04:57

Sandy Schaefer

The Suicide Squad: Idris Elba is Playing a New Character, Not Deadshot

Idris Elba is no longer replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and will portray a new character instead. The DC Extended Universe has undergone some dramatic changes in the aftermath of Justice League‘s box office disappointment in 2017, with previously announced films like The Flash and Green Lantern Corps having – apparently – fallen by the wayside for now. However, in spite of the shifting tides, the followup to David Ayer’s commercial hit Suicide Squad is still chugging along, albeit now under the supervision of the filmmaker behind the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

While DCEU producer Peter Safran recently described The Suicide Squad as a “total reboot” of the franchise, it’s become clear that isn’t really true. Case in point: Margot Robbie is set to reprise her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn in Gunn’s movie, and Jai Courtney has now confirmed that he’ll be back as Captain Boomerang too. Meanwhile, Will Smith was originally slated to reprise his role as Deadshot in Gunn’s movie, but has since stepped away from the project due to a scheduling conflict.

Related: Why The Suicide Squad is NOT a Reboot

Although Elba was originally said to be replacing Smith as Deadshot in The Suicide Squad, it turns out that won’t be the case. Variety has since learned that the actor will play a new character instead, in a move that’s partly meant to leave the door open for Smith to play Deadshot again in the future (either in Suicide Squad 3 or maybe even the previously-discussed Deadshot solo film).

All things considered, this sounds like a smart move. Elba is such a big name these days that it only makes sense for him to play a DC character all his own, as opposed to “filling in” for Smith. Beyond that, Variety says the team behind Gunn’s movie were concerned that replacing Smith this way was disrespectful, seeing as he stepped away from the film because of scheduling and not over creative differences. As for who Elba will play in the DCEU… well, that’s open to speculation for the time being. Gunn’s Suicide Squad screenplay reportedly includes new additions to the team like King Shark, Peacemaker, Polka-Dot Man, and Ratcatcher, though it’s possible the plan is for Elba to play someone else entirely. Again, he’s an in-demand actor for good reason, and will surely have an important – and meaty – role in the movie (whatever it ends up being).

Reading between the lines, this also feels like further confirmation that The Suicide Squad is at most a soft reboot of the property. Presumably, Warner Bros. is trying to distance Gunn’s film from Ayer’s critically derided Suicide Squad movie by calling it a reboot, as opposed to a sequel with characters both new and returning. Gunn, on the other hand, seems intent on maintaining a sense of continuity between Ayer’s DCEU entry and The Suicide Squad, and even has Viola Davis coming back as Amanda Waller. Considering the cast and characters had little to do with the problems with Ayer’s movie, their return is more than welcome here.

MORE: Every DC Movie Confirmed For After Shazam!

Source: Variety


2019-04-05 02:04:03

Sandy Schaefer

Suicide Squad’s Enchantress Returns To DC Comics

Harley Quinn completes her next trial in this week’s DC Comics universe… but she’s got a more powerful adversary coming next: the former Suicide Squad star Enchantress, returned from the dead. Harley has been working her way through a series of trials to become DC’s new cosmic goddess – and in Harley Quinn #60, she’s up against an army of alien bugs!

She’s trapped in S.T.A.R. Labs with the creatures, but (as with her other trials so far), she learns that there is more to the bugs than meets the eye. Instead of simply having to stomp her way through these latest enemies, she learns that they are being created by an alien that is held out of its own dimension, and what it really wants is to be returned home. Lesson learned, next jewel on her belt earned… but Harley’s trials aren’t over yet. The final panels of Harley Quinn #60 reveal something massive – that Enchantress is back, and she’s got big plans for Ms Quinn.

RELATED: Harley Quinn Is Becoming DC’s New Cosmic Goddess

As Harley wonders ‘what’s next’ (silly Harley – hasn’t she learned not to jinx these things yet?), the comic reveals a familiar, hooded-and-caped shape bursting up from the ground in flames. The Enchantress is back – and she is definitely packing some rage. She reveals “I burned in Hell, and they never came for me. June Moone burned away, but I survived. Now there is only The Enchantress. I will have my revenge on mankind, and my secret weapon will be Harley Quinn!” Looks like this next challenge is going to be a doozy.

DC fans will remember that Enchantress has been missing from the pages of DC Comics for the past year, since Suicide Squad #39. She, along with the rest of the Suicide Squad, was battling Amanda Waller when she met her end. This issue revealed that Amanda Waller’s files on her Task Force X included how to kill them, and that includes how to create an interdimensional portal to send Enchantress ‘back where she came from.’ As a horrified Killer Croc watched, the woman he loved was ripped apart and dragged through the portal to Hell. Since then, Croc and the Squad have definitely been feeling her loss. But somehow, it doesn’t seem like this return is going to make them any happier.

Enchantress’ opening words reveal that while she is back, with all her powers, June Moone didn’t survive… which means that all the power of the Enchantress is back in DC, without any mitigating, human, side to balance that out. That could be incredibly dangerous for all of DC – but it seems like Enchantress won’t be unleashing her full powers right away. Instead, she’s got a plan for Harley, and it’s likely that this plan is going to involve pretended to still have June within her, to manipulate Harley into committing some kind of evil scheme. And we may even see Killer Croc return to get his scaly heart broken again. However, given the theme of the challenges so far, there may be a twist at the end of the next issue… we’ll have to wait and see.

Harley Quinn #60 is available now from DC Comics.

NEXT: 20 Things About Harley Quinn That Make No Sense


2019-04-04 03:04:09

Rose Moore

Jai Courtney Confirms He’s Returning For James Gunn’s Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad actor Jai Courtney has confirmed that his character, Captain Boomerang, will indeed be returning for James Gunn’s upcoming sequel, The Suicide Squad. As the movie’s title suggests, this will be as much a soft reboot as a sequel, focusing largely on a new group of villains as they’re rounded up to reluctantly form a crime-fighting team.

Other returning characters include Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, and the sharpshooter assassin Deadshot – though the latter won’t be played by Will Smith this time around. Due to scheduling conflicts preventing Smith from taking part in the sequel, Idris Elba is in talks to replace him as the character. Other DC villains that are expected to feature in The Suicide Squad‘s team include King Shark, Peacemaker, Polka Dot Man, and Ratcatcher, and Gunn reportedly wants Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista to play Peacemaker.

Related: Suicide Squad 2’s New Characters Explained

While it definitely looks like the team is getting a shake-up, one character who will be returning is Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, a wily Australian thief with a talent for throwing sharpened boomerangs with deadly precision. Speaking o Business Insider, Courtney confirmed, “We’re getting ready to shoot in a few months’ time. There’s not much else I can reveal about it but, yeah, you’ll be seeing Boomerang back for sure.

Of course, we don’t know in what capacity Captain Boomerang will be returning, and some fans have theorized that Gunn’s movie will kill off members of the previous Suicide Squad en masse at the start of the movie, resulting in a need for new recruits. The team is so-called because the Suicide Squad are sent on extremely dangerous black ops missions, and since they’re criminals they’re considered expendable. In David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, poor Slipknot had barely started the mission before he tried to pull off an escape attempt and ended up getting his head blown off by the bomb implanted in his neck. Incidentally, it was Captain Boomerang who convinced Slipknot to try and escape, as a test to see if the bombs were real.

Though he doesn’t exactly have the most useful of skill sets, Captain Boomerang was a generally well-liked character in the first movie, owing to the fact that he mainly served as comic relief. He’s definitely the kind of lovable misfit character that Gunn could have a lot of fun with. As the actor mentioned, The Suicide Squad is expected to begin filming later this year, in September, so we can probably expect more casting news and character details to emerge soon.

More: The Suicide Squad: Every Update You Need To Know

Source: Business Insider


2019-03-29 03:03:07

Hannah Shaw-Williams

DC Producer: James Gunn Won’t Rush Suicide Squad For Guardians 3

DC producer Peter Safran says that James Gunn will focus all his efforts on making The Suicide Squad before moving onto Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Gunn’s relationship with Marvel has been a rollercoaster to watch unfold. In July of 2018, Gunn was fired as the director on the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, after a slew of controversial tweets from 2008 and 2009 were brought to light. He seemingly moved on a few months after that by signing on to write DC’s next Suicide Squad movie, which he has since agreed to direct as well. Everything appeared to have settled down after that until yesterday, when Disney unexpectedly reinstated Gunn as the director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

At the moment, the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie doesn’t have a release date, whereas The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters in the summer of 2021. It was confirmed yesterday that Gunn will direct The Suicide Squad next, followed by Guardians 3 sometime after that. Now, Safran has come out and offered further assurance that Gunn won’t be rushing his DC Comics adaptation through the pipeline, in order to get back to work on the Guardians franchise faster.

Related: Why Disney Rehired James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy 3

In an interview with JoBlo to promote DC’s Shazam! (which opens in April), Safran had the following to say, when asked if either he or Gunn are under more pressure now to get The Suicide Squad made faster, in the wake of his rehiring on Guardians of the Galaxy 3:

“No, it was all handled incredibly elegantly and everybody knows on both sides that Suicide Squad is the priority today and he’ll finish that movie and then everybody knows that his next film will be Guardians. It’s the best of all possible both worlds, I think, for fans and for James Gunn himself.”

Many people strongly believed that Disney had overreacted when it came to firing Gunn from the highly successful Guardians franchise, resulting in hashtags and petitions that even the stars of the Guardians movies vocalized their support for. The voices amassed and apparently had Disney thinking twice about their decision. It’s even being reported now that Marvel didn’t search for a replacement director on Guardians 3 between firing and rehiring Gunn to call the shots, despite rumors that Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi or Vice‘s Adam McKay would be stepping in. Following the news of his rehiring, Gunn released a statement on Twitter saying, “I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. […] I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all.”

Elsewhere, The Suicide Squad is in pre-production, but aims to begin shooting sometime this fall. Few official details have been revealed about the film, though Margot Robbie is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn and Idris Elba will be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. Warner Bros. has slotted the film for an August 2021 release, which means Guardians 3 won’t be arriving until after that. Gunn did finish the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script prior to being fired, but there is a good chance that rewrites will have to be made now, to coincide with Marvel’s upcoming slate of releases.

It’s a rare and wonderful time where we get to see a director handling a Marvel and DC film, and Gunn’s vibrant and comedic style should help breathe new life into The Suicide Squad. Not only that, but the Guardians threequel will be on the horizon soon after with a familiar face to help bring the franchise home. It’s a win-win for the comic book world at large, really.

Next: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Probably Won’t Release Until 2023

Source: JoBlo


2019-03-16 12:03:23

Hannah Hoolihan

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is a ‘Total Reboot’, Says Producer

DCEU producer Peter Safran says James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is a “total reboot” of the franchise and not really a sequel to David Ayer’s movie. Ayer’s Suicide Squad was the third entry in DC’s cinematic universe (following Man of Steel and Batman V Superman), but the first to focus on lesser-known comic book characters, with the exception of Harley Quinn. The DCEU movie went on to become a commercial success despite the relative obscurity of its source material, taking in $747 million at the global box office against a $175 million budget.

At the same time, Suicide Squad was poorly received by critics and Ayer declined to return for Suicide Squad 2. The project subsequently went through a few changes in creative personnel, before it landed in Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker and newly-reinstated Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director Gunn’s lap last October. However, from the get-go, Gunn’s idea for the film was described by DC as a “completely fresh take” on the antihero property, and has since been officially dubbed The Suicide Squad, not Suicide Squad 2.

Related: Why James Gunn Was Rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy 3

In an interview with JoBlo to promote the upcoming DCEU movie Shazam!, Safran went a step further and called Gunn’s The Suicide Squad a full-blown reboot. Here’s his exact quote on the subject:

“First of all, we don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 ‘cause 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.”

While it might not be a sequel, Gunn’s The Suicide Squad won’t be a hard reboot either. The film is bringing back Deadshot from Ayer’s DCEU movie, only with Idris Elba taking over the role from Will Smith (who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict). It’s also been reported that Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the sequel, following her second turn as the character in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Beyond that, The Suicide Squad will supposedly feature a whole new character roster, so it’s not unreasonable to argue that the film is more reboot than sequel, as Safran has.

Some fans are theorizing that Gunn plans to kill most of The Suicide Squad in his film and is stacking the film’s team with unknowns (as far as mainstream audiences are concerned), for related reasons. Indeed, one of the complaints about Ayer’s Suicide Squad was that its titular “Skwad” didn’t really live up to its name, as ultimately only Slipknot (who barely had any screen time) and El Diablo bit the dust. If Gunn’s idea for “rebooting” the series is to really lean into the idea of a team of bad guys going on missions that will most likely get them killed, then it’s definitely an exciting one that we can get behind.

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Source: JoBlo


2019-03-16 11:03:06

Sandy Schaefer