A week after WB releases the do-over of Justice League, they release the trailer for their do-over of Suicide Squad, with Guardians of the Galaxy maestro James Gunn at the helm with a mixed bag of returning cast members and new faces. Check out the promising, three minute red-band trailer below.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney all returning from the original David Ayer Suicide Squad, now joined by David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Idris Elba, John Cena, Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Alice Braga, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Taika Waititi, Joaquín Cosío, Mayling Ng, Juan Diego Botto, Tinashe Kajese, Julio Ruiz and Jennifer Holland.
I hesitate to be excited about this trailer, because if there’s one thing Warner Brothers has been really fantastic about, it’s delivering a stellar DCEU trailer that completely oversells the movie, especially with the first Suicide Squad. But this does have James Gunn in the driver’s seat, so I’m giving it more of a shot than I would if it was some lens for hire. Gunn gets it with this kind of wild eccentricity, and hopefully his MCU-cred translated into greater creative freedom with the label jump to DC. There are a lot of likeable people in this, and they seem to be having fun together, which is what you really want out of a big ensemble comedic piece like this.
SnyderCut kind of proved WB needs to butt out and let the creatives create. Like… I get it, they’ve got a lot of money riding on these films, and they want to generate a big expansive universe like Marvel was able to. But they need to focus on creating their own universe, instead of chasing Marvel. That’s a song for another time, though.
As for this entry… I mean, that cast is stacked with headliners and familiar genre & character actors. Over the years I’ve enjoyed the work of so many of these people. I like all these characters, I like most of these actors. Of course I’m going to see it. The track record of the studio on these isn’t exactly stellar though, and if it fails or falls below expectations, WB will only really have themselves to blame.
Fortunately for them, they may have an out for the DCEU with both the upcoming The Flash film Rob Pattinson’s Batman. I have thoughts on where they could go, and look for those soon.
The Suicide Squad premieres in theatres and on HBOMax on 6 August.