Two new images from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad are unleashed as the movie will be featured in Thursday’s issue of Empire Magazine.
Director James Gunn is asked by Empire about the movie in relation to the 2016 David Ayer Suicide Squad flick.
“Um, it’s its own thing,” Gunn says. “It does not contradict the first movie, I don’t think. It might in some small ways… I don’t know…”
Gunn also tackles that Ayer’s version wasn’t actually what David Ayer intended (fans and Ayer are hoping for an HBO Max “Ayer Cut” release of the 2016 movie, similar to the Snyder Cut release for Justice League).
“Listen, David Ayer’s gotten trouble for the movie,” he says. “I know it didn’t come out how David wanted it to come out. But he did one really, really great thing, and that is he picked fantastic actors to work with, and he dealt with these actors in building their characters in a really deep and fearless way. It’s something David definitely deserves to be lauded for, and it’s definitely added to this movie.”
Gunn continues by explaining how his Suicide Squad will be different than his work at Marvel with the Guardians of the Galaxy and offers that no one at DC interfered with his work on the project.
“I think you know, from pretty close to the beginning, that all of the Guardians are good – apart from Nebula, who’s the outlier,” Gunn explains. “But in The Suicide Squad, some of the characters end up being good, some end up being terrible. They don’t just get in fights and say they’re going to kill each other, they actually do get in fights and kill each other. You really don’t know who’s going to live and who’s going to die. I was given full freedom to kill anyone – and I mean anyone – by DC.”
Speaking of John Cena, Gunn is also developing a Cena spinoff series for HBO Max with Peacemaker.
The Suicide Squad images:
The Suicide Squad gets released Aug. 6, 2021.
The cast for the movie includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Steve Agee as King Shark, Nathan Fillion as TDK, Mayling Ng as Mongal, Flula Borg as Javelin, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Michael Rooker as Savant, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Storm Reid as Tyla, Bloodsport’s daughter, Juan Diego Botto as General Luna, Joaquín Cosío as Major General Suarez, Taika Waititi as Ratcher 1.