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The Suicide Squad Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

Debuting in its original form for DC Comics' The Brave and The Bold #25 in 1959, the Suicide Squad has gone on to take part in some of the DC universe's most popular stories. A group of supervillains brought together to stop a common enemy is a concept that has captivated readers for decades, no matter who was on the interchangeable roster. Not to mention, a premise like this is ripe for a silver screen adaptation, and in 2016, Warner Bros. unveiled their inaugural attempt at a Suicide Squad movie to the world ... but the response surely wasn't what they anticipated.

Director David Ayer's unorthodox DCEU entry faced heavy negative criticism from casual moviegoers and critics alike, primarily due to its disjointed tone, lackluster story, and, of course, Jared Leto's controversial Joker portrayal. Even still, on a $175 million budget, the film grossed nearly $747 million at the box office, indicating to the studio that the property itself wasn't a lost cause. They got fans into theaters the first time, but they'll need to make some changes to get those disgruntled viewers back in their good graces.

Announced shortly after Ayer's film premiered, a Suicide Squad sequel was trapped in limbo for a few years, with the situation only recently picking up steam. Now with James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy fame in the director's chair, another outing for the Suicide Squad has come to fruition. However, this rendition of the famous team is going to look much different than what general audiences have come to expect, in more ways than one. Here's everything we know about The Suicide Squad — from the release date to the cast, and even a portion of the plot details.

The Suicide Squad's premiere isn't too far away

Now approaching five years since 2016's Suicide Squad premiered in theaters, the wait for the second installment in the franchise has gone on longer than most. Thankfully, die-hard fans don't have to test their patience much further because, as of this writing, James Gunn's The Suicide Squad will arrive for consumers everywhere to enjoy in only seven short months on August 6, 2021. 

Warner Bros. currently has it scheduled to premiere theatrically as well as on the HBO Max streaming service for one month, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With only a small handful of cinemas up and running, albeit at severely limited capacity, the major studio had little choice but to adopt this hybrid release model for the majority of their 2021 projects. Sitting on the likes of The Matrix 4 and Dune for the foreseeable future wasn't a viable business move, so they elected to get these features out to the public in any way they could. 

Even though some in the industry, like director Christopher Nolan, have voiced their contempt for this approach, they have yet to shake WarnerMedia's stance. Therefore, everyone will have the option to enjoy The Suicide Squad either from their own couch, or safely at their local megaplex.

There are few casts bigger than that of The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad's cast is huge, however, it provides a nice blend of a few members from the 2016 version of the team combined with a colorful crew of newcomers. As far as returning names go, Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn for the third time in her career, Joel Kinnaman will reprise his role of military man Rick Flag, Jai Courtney will swing back around to his Captain Boomerang alter-ego, and the mastermind of Task Force X, Amanda Waller, will grace the big and small screen alike thanks to Viola Davis. Beyond them, get ready for a laundry list of fresh faces.

The cast list is as follows: Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Mayling Ng as Mongal, Flula Borg as Javelin, John Cena as Peacemaker, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Michael Rooker as Savant, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Storm Reid as Tyla, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Steve Agee as King Shark, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Juan Diego Botto as Silvio Luna, Joaquín Cosío as Mateo Suárez, Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt, and John Ostrander as Dr. Fitzgibbon.

Additionally, as if the cast couldn't get any bigger, Julio Ruiz, Sylvester Stallone, and Taika Waititi are tapped for currently undisclosed roles.

The Suicide Squad will tell a much different story than its predecessor

Keeping in line with the sizeable cast and revised aesthetic, it appears that The Suicide Squad's story will go a vastly different direction than the first movie. According to James Gunn and producer Peter Safran in an interview with Empire (via DigitalSpy), the team's mission will take them to the fictional Latin American island of Corto Maltese. "There they have to destroy a Nazi-era prison and laboratory named Jotunheim, where political prisoners were held and experimentations took place," Safran revealed, with Gunn adding that some "horrid secrets" will come to light.

Speaking of horrid, it's worth noting that becoming attached to any member of the new Suicide Squad isn't exactly the wisest choice to make. In October 2020, James Gunn hinted on Twitter that it's not out of the question that only two members of the lineup will reach the end of the movie in one piece. One fan replied and theorized that Harley Quinn, King Shark, and Amanda Waller are the most likely to come out unscathed thanks to their "franchise armor," to which Gunn responded "No character was protected by DC. They gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted."

Who do you hope will survive the Suicide Squad's next mission? Cross your fingers now, because on August 6, 2021, you may very well have to say goodbye to more than one of your favorites.