If you’re asking me, which you probably are not, but since I am writing this I am going to tell you, Suicide Squad was a fun film. Sure, the villain was anti climatic, and made no sense at all, and should have been the joker; but that did not take away from what was fun about the film and its heart and soul. That was a crazy run on sentence. My Bad…. Anyway, Suicide Squad was fun. A great cast, that all had good chemistry and was fun to watch them break down in their own ways. Plus, I enjoy nearly anything Will Smith is in.
That said, I might be more excited for The Suicide Squad. The pseudo-sequel is set to hit theaters as well as HBO Max this August. We know that there will be a new Squad joining some of our regulars, and by new squad I mean a massive new Squad. Joining Marggot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman from the first film will be John Cena, Joaquín Cosío, Maylin Ng, Flula Borg, Juan Deigo Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Brage, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, and Idris Elba. Pretty impressive cast. But what’s more impressive, is the official synopsis.
Warner Brothers tasked James Gunn to take over director this go around from David Ayer, and now has released the synopsis to Gunn’s take on the film:
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. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
Pretty insane plot! A lot to unpack but let’s focus on the two majors. First off, we are sending the Squad to Corto Maltese. A DC Comicbook staple, Corto Maltese is an island owned backed by the US where there has been an uprising in rebels backed by Russia. Some of us Gen-X and Elder Millennials will remember Vikki Vale’s cover of Time Magazine from her trip to Corto Maltese.
So, seems like we are staying pretty close to the comics of the Island, where we are sending the Squad in to take out the rebels, so that the US Government cannot be liable for war with Russia. This makes for a much more grounded story. Well as grounded as it can be. Makes the Squad make more sense then sending in a good shot, and girl with a baseball bat to take out the next SUPERMAN. Taking on Rebels is much more up their ally.
Second off, the death toll. This is going to be huge! They are really doubling down on the idea of us not getting attached to characters! I think we all know Harley is Safe. But I think that is the only guarantee. Everyone else is up in the air. Even John Cena’s Peacemaker. Just because he is getting a spinoff does not make him safe!
The Suicide Squad hits Theaters and HBO Max on August 6th 2021. What do you think of the Synopsis of the film? Who do you think lives? And who Dies? Do you agree with my defense of 2016’s Suicide Squad? Answer the call in the comments below!