Introduction to The Suicide Squad movie
Warner Bros. initially offered The Suicide Squad movie to Jaume Collet-Serra of The Shallows and Non-Stop fame, only to see him pass. Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) was subsequently set to direct, but while this film seemed primed to start shooting in Fall 2018, O’Connor’s take was apparently too similar to the Birds of Prey movie, which was poised to start shooting first, and he left the project entirely. Warner Bros. next hired James Gunn to write a script and a few months later it was revealed that Gunn would be directing this film, which he titled The Suicide Squad.
The movie has been described as a cross between a reboot and a sequel, including some returning characters from Ayer’s film plus new additions. Will Smith is out, but Warner Bros. brought back Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn alongside Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman. Idris Elba is set to play Bloodsport after initially being eyed to replace Smith as Deadshot, David Dastmalchian is playing Polka Dot Man, John Cena plays Peacemaker, and Daniela Melchior is Ratcatcher, among many others.
Filming was completed before the COVID-19 shutdown, and post-production continued from home. The Suicide Squad will be released on HBO Max the same day it’s in theaters.
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List of characters who died in The Suicide Squad
- Captain Boomerang
- The Thinker
- Col. Rick Flag
- Polka Dot Man
- Weasel (then is shown to be alive)
- Peacemaker (then is shown to be alive)
Only after the movie’s release do we find out who Thor: Ragnarok director and Free Guy co-star Taika Waititi played.
It was common knowledge that Thor: Ragnarok director and Free Guy co-star Taika Waititi had signed on to The Suicide Squad but his part in the movie had been kept secret. Now we know that he played Ratcatcher 1, the father of Daniela Melchior’s scene-stealing Ratcatcher 2. You have to wait until near the end of the movie to meet Taika Waititi’s character. Sitting next to her father, Ratchatcher 2 asks her father why rats are the creatures he prefers to control. And he answers with a philosophic observation that, when read a different way, can also be applied to the rejects who make up The Suicide Squad. Ratcatcher 1 says:
Rats are the lowliest and most despised of all creatures, my love. But they have purpose. So do we all.
The Suicide Squad hidden Easter eggs
There’s some entertainment in the bar where the antiheroes, villains, thieves and murderers are kicking back, and the main performer on the stage is Pom Klementieff, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Mantis.
Calendar Man cameo easter egg
Director James Gunn’s brother Sean Gunn, cameos in the recruitment scene of the film as the DC villain, Calendar Man. The 47-year old star has also motion-captured as Weasel.
Galaxy Broadcasting System (GBS)
DuBois’ daughter learns of her father’s heroics from a Galaxy Broadcasting System (GBS) newscast. Clarke Kent was once an anchor for their nightly news.
A scene in Belle Reeve prison also showcased glimpses of the DC supervillain, Kaleidoscope, who had hallucinogenic powers in the comics.
The doctor who implants the bomb in Savant’s neck is… the “father” of the Suicide Squad.
The doctor who implants the bomb in Savant’s neck in the movie’s opening scene is played by John Ostrander, an American writer of comic books including Grimjack, Star Wars Legacy, and of course, Suicide Squad. In fact, he is considered the father of the Suicide Squad. Ostrander’s 1987 relaunch of the Suicide Squad introduced many iconic concepts, from Amanda Waller, to her signature detonation devices, to the squad’s villainous roster and more.
The doctor’s name is “Fitzgibbon”, a name that appears in every James Gunn movie (it’s a tribute to his good friend, Larry Fitzgibbon).
Crisp Ratt the rat
One of the rats in the movie is named Crisp Ratt – a play on actor Chris Pratt’s name. Pratt starred in Guardians of the Galaxy, another movie directed by James Gunn.
Pay attention to Amanda Waller’s explanation for practicing her golf skills.
When Amanda Waller is practicing her putting skills, she mentions an upcoming game with Senator Cray. Joseph Cray was featured in 1987’s Suicide Squad #11 as a corrupt politician. His son, Adam, later took Ray Palmer’s place at the Atom.
Rick Flag died… Or did he?
Rick flag was stabbed in the chest by Peacemaker and died. But in the comic book version, flag is killed by an explosion. In 2007’s Suicide Squad #1 however, it was revealed that Flag survived the explosion and is still alive. Maybe the movie version of Flag has a chance too?
Armored truck numbers
The numbers on the armored trucks outside the prison refer to Suicide Squad issues that John Ostrander wrote, specifically Suicide Squad #5 and #12.
Nod to Toxic Avenger easter egg
In the Belle Reve prison scene, a TV can be seen in the background playing an older movie. James Gunn revealed the movie playing on the screen was 1984’s The Toxic Avenger. Toxic Avenger director Lloyd Kaufman gave James Gunn is start in the film industry.
Another nod to Toxic Avenger
In the dance club scene, one of the dancers is Lloyd Kaufman, the director of The Toxic Avenger.
The Suicide Squad Post credit scenes
The weasel lives.
After spending the entire movie thinking The Weasel died in the opening scene, we find him laying in the water in the post credits. He chokes up water, his huge weird eyes open, and he gets to his feet and waddles off towards the woods.
After seeing Peacemaker shot by Bloodsport’s “smaller bullet”, we find Peacemaker, comatose in a hospital, alive, just barely.
David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man) shares photos of Polka-Dot cat he adopted while filming The Suicide Squad. August 16, 2021
Post rollout, David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man) shared photos of a cat he adopted while filming in Panama. Judianna Mavovsky, who was the costume designer on The Suicide Squad, created a custom Polka-Dot Man costume for the actor’s new friend. Dastmalchian posted the photos with this message:
“With the help of my @thesuicidesquad family & some generous animal lovers in Panama, I was able to rescue Bubblegum (full name: Abner Bubblegum Polka Dot Cat). She has been a blessing to our family & was instrumental in helping us through the pandemic. Please adopt, don’t shop, and spay/neuter your pets. (costume by Judianna Makovsky). Thank you!”
Director James Gunn tweets new Suicide Squad movie poster. July 30, 2021
With its release just a week away, director James Gunn tweeted the newest movie poster with this message:
“So who has their tickets for The Suicide Squad? meet King Shark and the team starting the evening of August 5 in the US!”
Of course we can’t help but notice the caption on the poster, “They’re dying to save the world”. It takes on a new meaning after Gunn reiterates that some of these beloved characters will die in the movie.
The Detachable Kid appears in an exclusive clip from IGN. (July 23, 2021)
IGN released a clip today from the upcoming The Suicide Squad film that showed Nathan Fillion’s The Detachable Kid character. His character’s superpower is pretty much what you think. Like a Barbie doll, he can detach his limbs at will. The Detachable Kid is not a existing comics character, but fans are pretty certain he’s a modified version of the early ’90s character, Arm Fall Off Boy.
The Suicide Squad looks like it might be the DCEU’s biggest win yet. Early buzz indicates that the film is funny and heartfelt with plenty of action. Looks like this one is going to be a huge hit.
Sylvester Stallone’s King Shark’s identity revealed in torrent of King Shark footage released during Shark Week (July 12, 2021)
Discovery’s iconic Shark Week has begun and it’s only fitting that The Suicide Squad steps in to release new details about King Shark. To celebrate the start of Shark Week, a new promo was released that features new footage showing off Sylvester Stallone’s King Shark. In the new footage, we learn that the character’s real name is Nanaue. Oh, and he’s apparently developed a taste for human blood.
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad set to hit theaters one day early!
James Gunn confirmed The Suicide Squad is now set to drop one day early in US theaters. The movie’s main August 6 release date still stands for HBO Max, but fans eager to see the movie on the big screen can now do so on Thursday, August 5.
Does The Suicide Squad movie have a post credits screen? Why, yes, it does.
Director James Gunn confirmed today that The Suicide Squad will indeed feature a post-credits scene.
Margot Robbie reveals how the relationship with the Joker will change (June 29, 2021)
Although Jared Leto’s Joker is not set to return, Margot Robbie still explained how the character’s relationship with the Joker will change – and how Harley Quinn’s emotional state will mature.
“I think in the first Suicide Squad film she had a certain confidence and cockiness, knowing that she had the protection of the Joker. She was like, ‘I’ll go on this mission, and he’ll get me out of here in a second’ … that was kind of her prerogative on that film. Then in Birds of Prey it was, ‘Oh shit, it’s a scary, cold world. Maybe I can’t do it.’ In this film, time has passed, it doesn’t directly link to either of those films, but it’s not something that Harley is wrestling with anymore. She’s not waiting for Mr. J to show up and she’s not wondering if she can do it on her own. She knows.”
We have an official synopsis for The Suicide Squad
We now have an official synopsis for the James Gunn written and directed The Suicide Squad.
“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.”
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