‘The Suicide Squad’ Red Band Trailer: James Gunn’s New Team Of A-Holes Is Dying To Save The World

James Gunn has referred to The Suicide Squad as his take on The Dirty Dozen, and not only can you see that in the new posters released yesterday, but in today’s trailer! Of course, this being a James Gunn joint, his idea of such a thing is totally off-the-wall, resembling at times a more amped-up version of his Guardians of the Galaxy films.

While totally disconnected from David Ayer’s 2016 film, there are connections to it nonetheless. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, along with Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag. They’re joined in this “search and destroy” mission by new recruits Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker (due for his own spinoff HBO Max series), Peter Capaldi as Thinker, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, Michael Rooker as Savant, plus Pete Davidson, Alice Braga, Sylvester Stallone, and Nathan Fillion.

With this cast of Gunn regulars, you can tell everyone had a blast shooting this, and the action looks insane! Plus, we finally know that Starro, one of the weirdest DC Comics villains ever, is who the team will be facing.

And to think, we’re only getting this movie because Marvel Studios jumped the gun (no pun intended) and fired Gunn over comments made years ago. Now we get to see him do his thing in both of the major superhero movie studios and I’m here for all of it.

The Suicide Squad opens in theaters and HBO Max on August 6th.

Travis Hopson
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