James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” was heavily inspired by the 1970s war capers.
The producer Peter Safran has pointed out the direction in which the filmmaker “Guardians of the Galaxy” has taken the comic blockbuster. This is a sequel, but not a direct restart or sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 original.
Safran told Total Film magazine: “This is the suicide command by the vision of James Gunn. It’s very much ‘The Dirty Dozen’ meets ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
“The reason the studio was so keen to do this with James is because he brings the great things to the table – the comedy, the heart, the action, the look.
“He had a very specific vision for the film that he set up from day one as a war caper film of the 1970s.”
Gunn agreed with the assessment and admitted that he loved the idea of bringing a group of “Sad Bag Super Villain Soldiers” into an epic setting.
He added, “I love ‘The Dirty Dozen’, I always have. I’ve always loved stories about redeeming bad characters, getting good or finding a touch of goodness themselves.
“I loved [writer] John Ostranger’s original run in “Suicide Squad” [comics in the 1980s].
“The basic elements of this squad got me excited that it was a group of B-rate supervillains used by the US government as human fodder in black ops missions.
“The idea of putting these supervillain soldiers in this huge war movie was exciting for me.”
Part of this was making sure there were “big sets” instead of relying too heavily on CGI.
Gunn explained, “I always end up spending money on CG sets when I could have built sets and saved money. So I thought, ‘Let’s just build the biggest sets Warner Bros has ever had!’ I just liked the practical feeling. “
Before the first trailer for The suicide squad will be released tomorrow, Director James Gunn unveiled a brand new poster for its first foray into the DC Comics universe. The poster sees the return of Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn and Joel Kinnamans Rick Flagg alongside newcomers like Idris Elba as Vigilante and John Cena as Peacemaker. Designed by Steve Reeves, the poster takes on a grindhouse cinematic aesthetic and makes it clear that this is going to be a very different type of superhero movie that is likely to be full of violence and debauchery when it premieres in theaters and thereafter HBO max.
Gunn put the poster on his own social media page, which you can see below. It is not yet known when exactly the trailer will premiere.
I’ll just drop this. Did I mention that there’s a trailer coming tomorrow? #TheSuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/VmB9n0rFSZ
– James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 25, 2021
It’s worth noting that for her return as Harley Quinn, Robbie receives the first bill on the poster. This would be the actress’ third appearance as the antihero of DC Comics Suicide squad and birds of prey. And while fans should expect more of the same from this take on the character, Robbie confirmed this is unlike anything fans have seen before.
“I don’t want to give it away. If you watch the movie, it’s probably halfway through. There’s a crazy sequence Harley does, which was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done on screen,” explained Robbie while DC FanDome. “And we did it in about four days and I remember looking at the schedule and saying, ‘Oh my god, we won’t be able to do this. It will be impossible.’ And we did it, but it was tough and I ended up getting beaten up like I was really beaten up. But James just texted me beforehand and he said the scene looked amazing. This whole sequence looks really cool, it seems If you see the film you will know exactly what I am talking about. “
The actress also thanked her for guiding Harley Quinn in different directions. She teased an exciting new path for the character in Gunn’s version of The suicide squad.
“I always have a ball like this when I play Harley Quinn. Every time I’ve done it, I learn new things about her, and this movie is no different, “said Robbie.” When Harley hires a different group of people and a different place, you’ll see different aspects of her personality come out depending on how she feels about those people or the things she does. So you’re seeing new sides of Harley again, and she’s part of a new group of people, a large group of people, and it’s crazy. As always, it’s crazy fun. “
The suicide squad is currently premiering in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6th.