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When is Suicide Squad 2 coming out? Release date, director, cast, more

Published: 31/Oct/2020 18:35 Updated: 15/Nov/2020 15:14

by Emma Soteriou


An interview with James Gunn has given fans an insight into DC’s The Suicide Squad movie, prompting former director David Ayer to speak up about where 2016’s version went wrong. Here’s everything we know so far.

Though the first Suicide Squad was undeniably a financial success, making over $746 million at the worldwide box office, fans weren’t too happy with the movie’s storyline, editing, or Jared Leto’s take on the Joker.

Four years on, and a second Suicide Squad is in post-production, preparing for its release – can this redeem the first movie’s failures?

Suicide Squad poster
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Suicide Squad (2016)

When will Suicide Squad 2 release?

The Suicide Squad is set for release on August 6, 2021. That is if there are no delays caused by the ongoing health crisis, which has already seen countless new releases pushed back.

Despite the first movie still causing divides among fans, The Suicide Squad has got a lot of people excited to find out what’s to come.

James Gunn at Comic Con
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James Gunn at San Diego Comic Con

Who will be directing?

The Suicide Squad is set to be a fresh take on the group, with James Gunn in the director’s seat.

Gunn recently spoke to Empire about the project, defending the director of the first movie, David Ayer, after he faced criticism: “Listen, David Ayer’s gotten trouble for the movie… I know it didn’t come out how David wanted it to come out.”

Ayer has since gone on to tweet about his experience directing Suicide Squad, explaining that the first 40 minutes of his movie had been cut.

It has since been rumored that Ayer could potentially be getting to re-release the movie, much like Zack Snyder’s Justice League. However, that may depend on the Snyder Cut’s success on HBO Max.

Though it didn’t come out exactly as he’d hoped, the casting of Suicide Squad is something Gunn has praised Ayer for. He’s built on this for his movie, keeping some fan favorites from the original while also introducing some new characters.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
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Margot Robbie confirmed as Harley Quinn

The Suicide Squad cast and plot

There’s a huge line-up for The Suicide Squad, with a few familiar faces making their return, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

They will be joined by some other big names, varying from Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, and John Cena as Peacemaker.

Warner Bros. released a roll call for fans to get a first glimpse at the growing team.

It was recently revealed that Sylvester Stallone will also be joining the cast, having already started filming for his mystery role. On a now-deleted Instagram video, Stallone said that the movie was ‘unbelievable’ and would be ‘well worth the wait’.

Gunn shared this post on social media, welcoming the legendary actor and praising him for his work.


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There’s one extra person who will be making an appearance too, according to Gunn, and that’s the original creator.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, Empire has also released some exclusive images from the movie, including the one below.

Idris Elba, John Cena, David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchoir in The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad (2021)

From left to right we have David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, John Cena as Peacemaker, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, and Daniela Melchoir as Ratcatcher 2.

Who is playing the Joker?

In 2016’s Suicide Squad, Jared Leto took on the role of the Joker, but saw a mostly negative response from fans.

Though most of the other characters from 2016’s version will be returning, Gunn has confirmed that the Joker won’t be making an appearance at all.

This is understandable following on from Birds of Prey, as the character no longer has much relevance to the narrative.

As well as this, Gunn has explained that in the comics the Joker isn’t really involved with the group anyway.

The Suicide Squad will not be a sequel as such to the 2016 movie, nor a remake. Instead, it’s expected to be ‘its own thing’, according to Gunn.

As the announcements keep coming, in the lead up to the second movie, it’ll be interesting to see the potential each of the new characters have, either for future small-screen appearances or more movies.

A Peacemaker spin-off series is already being developed by HBO Max, and it’s only a matter of time before other characters get the same opportunity.

Until then, fans have an eager wait until August 2021, when we’ll finally get to see Gunn’s take on The Suicide Squad.

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The Mandalorian director reveals why he wanted more Baby Yoda in show

Published: 25/Nov/2020 19:08

by Emma Soteriou


Baby Yoda was used to balance out the action-packed Chapter 12 of The Mandalorian, according to one of the show’s directors.

The Mandalorian’s Carl Weathers didn’t make it a secret that he would be directing Chapter 12 of the show, sharing his excitement with fans online.

Now the episode has aired, the actor has spoken out about what it was like directing and starring in ‘The Siege’.

baby yoda in the mandalorian
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Baby Yoda is a firm fan-favorite

Why The Mandalorian needs more Baby Yoda

Having only hit the screen in 2019, Baby Yoda has quickly become one of the most popular Star Wars characters to date, so why not use that to your advantage?

Well, Weathers did exactly that. In a conversation with Empire on their Spoiler Special Podcast, the actor said: “When I read the script, one of my comments was to ask John to put more of the Baby in there.”

Though no one could complain about more Baby Yoda content, there was a valid reason for Weathers making this decision, which he went on to explain.

Din Djairn, Cara Dune and Greef Karga
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Mando united with some old friends for a mission

“The journey that we’re on is fraught with danger and is very action-oriented, and there’s a lot of weapons-fire and bad guys going down and chases and all that good stuff…” he said.

“But there’s also the Baby. This gentler, softer, sweeter side that comes out of everyone who interacts with him. And that to me was just a wonderful balance.”

Though fans may not directly notice the difference when watching the episode, Baby Yoda’s presence breaks up what could otherwise be a very heavy chapter with big revelations.

Speaking about the challenges in creating the episode, Weathers also addressed the bomb that was dropped half way through: “The challenge for me as a director – and I’m certain the challenge for Jon as a writer-producer – was keeping people engaged, wanting to know what’s going to happen next.

“And when you find out what’s really involved here, you finally get to, ‘Oh man, this thing is much bigger than we thought.’”

That’s definitely how we felt watching Chapter 12 unfold. New episodes of The Mandalorian are available to stream on Disney Plus every Friday.