The Suicide Squad is a 2021 American superhero film based on the DC Comics team Suicide Squad. Produced by DC Films, Atlas Entertainment and The Safran Company, and set for distribution by Warner Bros.
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It was written and directed by James Gunn and stars a cast that includes Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Peter Capaldi. In the movie, a task force of convicts is sent to destroy a Nazi-era laboratory and encounter the giant alien Starro.
David Ayer was scheduled to return as director of a Suicide Squad sequel in March 2016, but in December he decided to develop a Gotham City Sirens movie. Warner Bros. considered several replacement directors before hiring Gavin O’Connor in September 2017.
He left in October 2018, and Gunn was hired to write and direct the film after being temporarily fired by Disney and Marvel Studios as director. from Guardians of the Galaxy. Vol. 3 (2023). He was inspired by John Ostrander’s’ 80s Suicide Squad comics and war movies, and decided to explore new characters in a separate story from the first film’s narrative, though some cast members return from Suicide Squad. Filming began in Atlanta, Georgia, in September 2019 and concluded in Panama in February 2020.
The Suicide Squad premiered theatrically in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2021 and in the United States on August 5, while airing on HBO Max for a month from the same day.
It received positive reviews from critics, who praised Gunn’s direction, visual style, and irreverent humor, with many pointing to it as a significant improvement over its predecessor. Peacemaker, a spinoff television series from Cena, will debut on HBO Max in January 2022.