Some movies can be hard to describe, but James Gunn certainly doesn’t have that problem with THE SUICIDE SQUAD. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Gunn aptly summed up the sequel as a “war-caper movie with s—ty supervillains.” Sounds about right.
The Suicide Squad will find the disposable villains sent on a mission to Corto Maltese by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), with producer Peter Safran saying that the fictional Latin American country has “alien materials they’re trying to weaponize to use against the United States and the rest of the world. The Suicide Squad are told to go [there] and destroy Jotunheim, which is this giant fortress.” Giant seems to be a good description, as Margot Robbie added that the sets for the film were enormous. “The first set we shot on was this beach,” Robbie said. “It was so amazing. Palm trees. An ocean with a wave machine in it. Pyrotechnics. Special effects. Explosions everywhere. It was like being in a proper, crazy war movie.” James Gunn also recently confirmed on Twitter that The Suicide Squad will run two hours and twelve minutes, which puts it just a couple of minutes shorter than its predecessor.
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The official synopsis for 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.
The Suicide Squad is slated to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021. In addition to the film, there’s also a spin-off TV series focusing on John Cena’s Peacemaker character that will debut on HBO Max in January 2022.