The Suicide Squad star Joel Kinnaman said James Gunn’s script had him laughing out loud. Following the disappointing critical reception to 2016’s Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. sought to take the property in a new direction. This led them to Gunn, who at the time had been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While Gunn has since been reinstated as the director of that Marvel film, much of his time recently has been devoted to writing and directing The Suicide Squad, which is slated for release in August 2021. For the most part, he’s kept many details about the project a secret.
There’s been much confusion over whether The Suicide Squad is a sequel to the 2016 film or if it is a reboot. Producer Peter Safran once described it as a “total reboot,” but the presence of certain characters seems to say the opposite. The Suicide Squad will feature figures from the first film, like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). Kinnaman will also be on hand to reprise his Rick Flag, the leader of Task Force X.
Kinnaman recently sat down with CBR to talk about his new film The Secrets We Keep, though conversation briefly strayed to The Suicide Squad. The actor was quick to heap praise on Gunn and the film itself, calling it an “incredible experience.” In particular, Kinnaman expressed excitement for Gunn’s vision of the film. “And when I got the script sent to me, it’s so funny,” he said. “Like every page made me laugh. I was sitting at home reading it laughing out loud.”
Kinnaman previously hinted The Suicide Squad would be very comedic, and that certainly falls in line with Gunn’s other comic book films. The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are often considered some of the funniest ones in the MCU, and it’s clear Gunn has brought that sensibility into this DC project. The first Suicide Squad struggled to find the balance between humor and darkness, so hopefully this reboot/sequel will walk that tightrope a little better.
Plot specifics for The Suicide Squad are still being kept under wraps, but Gunn was able to show some exciting behind the scenes footage last month at DC FanDome. Additionally, he finally revealed the (nearly) full cast of new Suicide Squad characters who will be involved in the film. For example, Idris Elba will be playing Bloodsport, and John Cena is Peacemaker. Exactly what brings the new characters together with the old ones remains to be seen, but Kinnaman’s Rick Flag just might find himself in charge of another motley group of villains and antiheroes. Luckily, however, it sounds like he’ll be having a lot more fun this time around.
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