James Gunn has premiered a new poster of The Suicide Squad ahead of the first trailer drop tomorrow. The Suicide Squad is a loose sequel to the 2016 Suicide Squad film, and while it will feature returning characters like Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flagg, and Amanda Waller, the film will serve as a new starting off point for the franchise. While Warner Bros. has no intention to release the Ayer Cut of the 2016 film, they still have high hopes for the property under their new director.
Gunn was hired to direct The Suicide Squad in 2018 shortly after being temporarily let go by Disney on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Warner Bros. approached Gunn about taking on a DC comics property, including Krypto the Superdog, but the director settled on The Suicide Squad project and has brought his unique vision to the property. Fans got their first look at DC FanDome last August with a behind-the-scenes featurette, a roll call preview showcasing the cast of characters, and an exclusive poster for the event.
On the eve of confirming a trailer is arriving to coincide with the theatrical debut of Godzilla vs. Kong, Gunn tweeted out a new official poster for The Suicide Squad, with an art style that harkens back to the poster for The Dirty Dozen, a film that he has cited as an inspiration. The poster puts the spotlight on the supposed lead characters: Harley Quinn, Peacemaker, Bloodsport, Polka-Dot Man, Rick Flag Jr., Ratcatcher 2, and King Shark with the other members of the team at the bottom. Check out the poster below:
The poster, alongside the upcoming trailer announcement, means the marketing for The Suicide Squad is beginning five months before the film's theatrical release. While this is traditionally normal since the COVID-19 pandemic, studios have adjusted their schedules for a market that has primarily focused on streaming. Warner Bros.'s own films, Godzilla vs. Kong and Mortal Kombat began their marketing two months before they were set to premiere. Yet, given that more theaters are opening up due to the vaccine roll-outs, it appears that Warner Bros. is hoping for The Suicide Squad, a later summer tentpole, to be able to play to bigger numbers, especially now that it will be opening less than a month after Marvel Studios' Black Widow.
Ever since Zack Snyder's Justice League hit HBO Max on March 18, Warner Bros. fans have been given plenty of news on DC projects to get excited about. From the hiring of Emerald Fennell, the Academy Award-nominated writer and director of Promising Young Woman to pen the upcoming Zatanna film, to the casting of Academy Award-winning Helen Mirren as the main villain in Shazam: Fury of the Gods, to the recent casting news of former 007 star, Pierce Brosnan, as Doctor Fate in Black Adam, it appears the future of the DCEU appears bright. The Suicide Squad is just one of many new projects fans can be excited about.
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