In this entire series of articles, we have been discussing entire, full-fledged ways of either keeping a successful first film’s legacy alive through sequels, or simply to taste that elixir of success that they tasted the first time around. In the current world of cinema and entertainment, the predicament, sadly enough is a clear signification of a bend towards the latter: money and box office collections are the name of the game. For WB and the current DCEU especially, it seems that the loud cries of the fans and the critics seem to be falling on deaf ears, as the sole purpose here seems to be commerce rather than fan servicing through characters that we as readers and viewers have invested years in.
There are no two ways or softer ways to say this, but the current DCEU, despite seemingly appearing to be roughly treading on the right path as the recent successes of ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!’ would dictate, needs help. More than that, a smarter head of operations that could tell them that a key to establishing a universe of characters and films until you can mint what you have built upon, is patience, longevity, and individual successful films that build towards an expansive shared universe, rather than being entirely about the latter. Even more so, making films that the fans and viewers actually wish to see, like a direct sequel to ‘Man of Steel’ rather than a spin-off based on CGI characters barely having five minutes of screen time in last year’s smash success ‘Aquaman’.
Carrying the conversation forward in the same vein, 2016’s ‘Suicide Squad’ didn’t quite prove to be the vehicle that would plunge the roster ahead after the pit ‘Batman V Superman’ left them in. The film, however, drew all sorts of criticism: everything from the story, to the villains, the screenplay, the motivations, the action and the editing was mediocre, rushed and lacklustre. I have no qualms in saying this since being a DC fan, after ‘Batman V Superman’ was derided by the public and critics to my chagrin. The film’s fate was but pre-decided and rather deserved. However, yet again frankly speaking, you and I are having a conversation upon this piece because the film proved to be a relative success, grossing close to $750 Million on roughly a quarter of that number’s budget. So brace yourselves, since another ‘Suicide Squad’ film is coming, albeit not in the shape and form you’d have wanted. Here is everything we know about ‘The Suicide Squad’.
Suicide Squad 2 Plot: What can it be about?
You’d not be the smartest person in the room if you have been able to roughly guess at least the outline on which the next ‘Suicide Squad’ film would draw. A threat arises that for some reason, the Justice League can’t handle. Amanda Waller pitches a team up of highly dangerous, incarcerated criminals in exchange for reduced prison sentences, the criminals reluctantly agree, all hell breaks loose, perhaps you’d find a double crossing or big plot twist in the middle if you are lucky, and the day is saved by the time the end credits roll.
While I have no doubt that the second suicide squad movie will have the same blueprint, and that even as we have grown increasingly accustomed to the same kind of setup, what matters more as a deciding factor especially for this kind of films is how much and how directly they can appeal to the non-comic audiences as much as the comic book fraternity. One of the ways by which the first Suicide Squad film sought to establish this was by value of immense, unmistakable, neon drenched style and aesthetic. I can also say that they partly succeeded with that since that is one of the few things that I remember about that film, apart from of course, Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
The character introductions were in fact easily among the best parts of the film, and it soon fizzled out following that. While I am not sure how much of it the second film would have, I simply cannot expect James Gunn, who will be helming this feature, to go out without a stylistic mark that’s truly his own, which brings me to the next segment.
Damage Control is the name of the game for DC currently, and I have to sadly acknowledge this, since they have, despite their vast wealth of characters and stories, managed to ‘Chernobyl’ the entire shared universe. Despite a whole slate of upcoming films, none of them barely manage to quite pump up my excitement the way a bare mention of ‘Batman V Superman’ did. In that vein, the makers have decided to, even while piggybacking on the monetary success of the first one, produce the second film as a soft reboot rather than a direct sequel or a complete reboot. In that, the film will continue to operate in the same universe with only some of the characters remaining, while most of the Suicide Squad is touted to be comprising of all new characters and villains.
The immediate success of the film at the box office also prompted the makers to go the spin-off route, leading to DC straightaway announcing a ‘Birds of Prey’ film and a ‘Gotham City Sirens’ film as well, both starring Robbie as Harley Quinn and intended to be directed by David Ayer (the Director of ‘Suicide Squad’ and the former being written by Christina Hodson), but there is little to no word on either of them as of now.
As is our habit and trademark, we’d like to go out on a limb and predict what the film should embody along with what is already pretty known. I am going to keep this pretty short, but remember the DC animated film, ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ or the more recent, ‘Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay’? Both of them should readily serve as the blueprints for ANY future Suicide Squad film, including this one. Going the soft reboot way also ensures that the makers of ‘The Suicide Squad’ would have to forego the inclusion of Deadshot, Enchantress, the previous film’s antagonist, Katana, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Slipknot, and most importantly and sadly, the Joker.
However, fret not since the range of Batman rogue gallery villains is just a little shy of the length of this piece, with King Shark, Bronze Tiger, Blockbuster, Nightshade, Nemesis, Black Orchid, Killer Frost, Captain Cold, Poison Ivy, Count Vertigo and Copperhead still remaining to be explored, along with a handful of returning ones including Quinn and Captain Boomerang. What’s more is that the Ratcatcher and Polka Dot Man have already been cast, as I disclose in the next section. A Batman will sorely be missed, since by the time this film comes out, the new Batman in Robert Pattinson would have barely begun his Year One, but this is the way things are.
Suicide Squad 2 Cast: Who is in it?
Despite the film’s production, until now, casting a somewhat troubled picture, the casting does seem to paint an interesting one, and work towards improving the brand damage that the topsy-turvy journey of the sequel has entailed for long, also being heavily weighed down by the legacy of its inferior predecessor. The primary casting news came in the form of Idris Elba being cast in the role of Will Smith’s Deadshot, with the latter being replaced owing to scheduling issues. However, it was later reported that Idris Elba would be playing a completely new character that would also leave room for Will Smith to return in future instalments.
Among the new joinees to the cast, John Cena is another name to reckon with, and while his role is yet undisclosed, intelligible guesses place him on chart to play Peacemaker, a diplomat who in the comics isn’t averted to the idea of using violence to achieve peace. Since the film is intended as a soft reboot, we can obviously expect new villains to join the cast. Among the first casting news for this category, David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior have been cast in the roles of the Polka Dot Man and Ratcatcher.
There are several reprisals from the previous film as well, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, easily the best thing about the last movie, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Jai Courtney as Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang. Interestingly enough, DC films division is also in talks to get another Marvel stalwart over to its side after Gunn, and that would be Benicio Del Toro, who played the collector in the Guardians and Thor films in the MCU and is touted to play the primary villain in this one, yet undisclosed.
Suicide Squad 2 Crew: Who is Behind it?
DC was quick to prance upon the opportunity of having James Gunn for the franchise as soon as he was fired from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ by Disney over some old offensive tweets. Gunn has since been running a golden run, with him being shortly rehired for GOTG 3 along with helming DC’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ along the same timeline, becoming the only director to do so. Gunn will also be working on rewriting the script and screenplay from David Ayer’s version who has since moved on to the ‘Birds of Prey’ project and the ‘Bright’ sequel for Netflix.
Suicide Squad 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Suicide Squad 2? is scheduled for an August 6, 2021 release, almost exactly five years after the first one came out. No mere coincidence, this one, and WB and DC both seem pretty adamant on wiping the blots of the last one off their slates.
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