A new The Suicide Squad movie image unites all the Task Force X characters from James Gunn's upcoming DC movie. A quasi-sequel to David Ayer's 2016 Suicide Squad, Gunn's film brings back a handful of characters previously introduced to the DC Extended Universe to feature alongside a host of new villains and anti-heroes. Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is back, after starring in her own movie earlier this year - Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. She's joined by fellow returning stars Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag; Viola Davis is also back as Amanda Waller, the squad's handler.
In addition to those actors, The Suicide Squad movie cast is filled out with plenty of newcomers to the DCEU
- 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
Empire unveiled two new The Suicide Squad magazine covers featuring the full 15-character roster of Task Force X, though Davis' Waller is not included - which makes sense since she's not technically on the team. The subscriber cover also includes Gunn in the mix. Check it out below.
Aside from adding Gunn, the Empire subscriber cover for The Suicide Squad also features the cast looking much less serious, with the likes of Robbie, Capaldi, Kinnaman, Elba, Cena, Melchior, and others smiling. Even Agee's King Shark is waving for the camera in the subscriber cover. All of this speaks to the camaraderie between the cast and director on set. But as for the characters in Task Force X, it's certain that all 15 of these characters won't get along well, especially at the start. One of the throughlines in Ayer's Suicide Squad movie was the tentative bond formed by Task Force X, and with so many new characters in Gunn's movie, there will surely be more of that in the sequel.
As for what else these covers reveal, the background of these images are no doubt a reference to one of the squad's battles in the movie. Although The Suicide Squad story isn't known in detail, it's been compared to a war movie. After the DC FanDome preview, it's been speculated that Starro will be the main villain, though that remains unconfirmed. As evidenced by these covers, it seems The Suicide Squad marketing is pushing the massive main cast rather than the story or the villain to generate interest. That said, more information about the story and villain may be revealed whenever The Suicide Squad trailer is released. Considering the film isn't set to hit theaters until August 2021, it may be some time before a teaser is released, but The Suicide Squad covers at least offer another look at the cast and the costumes.
UPDATE - 10.26.20
James Gunn interacted with Fans this weekend about the new images. Responding to a tweet regarding who among the cast would be safe from getting killed off, Gunn responded with, “They gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted. I wasn’t looking for shock value but I wanted the audience to know anything could happen.”
No character was protected by DC. They gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted. That was one of the things we agreed to before I came to work for them. I wasn't looking for shock value but I wanted the audience to know anything could happen. #StoryReignsSupreme #TheSuicideSquad https://t.co/VxH2ChdqWf— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 24, 2020
Empire also dropped images from inside this issue, teasing more images of the squad.
James Gunn speaks to Empire about how #TheSuicideSquad relates to David Ayer's 2016 film, and why it's different from Guardians Of The Galaxy. Read more and see world-exclusive images here: https://t.co/INlsht60i9 pic.twitter.com/1AIR1PIZrz— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) October 26, 2020
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