When ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016) was first announced, geeks and comic nerds around the world went wild. One of the most entertaining and dark storylines in the DC Universe, there was home that ‘The Suicide Squad’ would usher in a new era for filmmaking within the DC Extended Universe. Unfortunately, the first film struggled to find a following despite the depth of talent aboard the project. Fast forward nearly four years and ‘The Suicide Squad’ (2021) is set to release with director James Gunn (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’) at the helm. Joel Kinnaman, who stars as Rick Flag in the film, recently made headlines when discussing the project’s coming release.
News for ‘The Suicide Squad’ broke in earnest during the DC FanDome event earlier this fall. The event served as ground zero for the release of substantial amounts of information for the DC Extended Universe, including upcoming films featuring Wonder Woman and Batman. Yet for all of the Triple-A superheroes that were announced during DC FanDome, no attention superseded that given to ‘The Suicide Squad’ character reveal trailer. The trailer was skimpy on details but it unveiled pretty much the entirety of the cast as well as what characters to expect in the film. While the cast took center stage, plenty of attention was being paid to the rating that the film would earn before its release. Fears that the film would render a PG-13 rating permeated the event and it wasn’t until recently that this fear was allayed by Kinnaman himself.
Joel Kinnaman sat down for an interview with THR to discuss his experience portraying Rick Flag in the series. Kinnaman was nothing less than effusive in his praise of the script, the cast, and the director and it was through these words that many fans took comfort. Among his many huge compliments of the film, Kinnaman pointed out that the script was both ‘funny’ and ‘insane’ and that he laughed on every single page. Kinnaman would go on to heap praise at the feet of James Gunn as he detailed his own request of Gunn to teach him his ways. Kinnaman rounded out his discussion regarding Gunn’s work by highlighting that the film will likely be ‘heavily R-Rated’ and that he can’t wait to see it ‘as a fan’.
The effusive praise being handed out to ‘The Suicide Squad’ by cast and fans alike isn’t surprising. The film seeks to re-launch ‘The Suicide Squad’ as a soft reboot of the series. The new project will feature such additions as Pete Davidson (SNL), Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther), and John Cena (WWE) among many, many others. Marvel Cinematic Universe actors will also be making appearances in the project, a rarity for the two brands. Among the MCU actors expected to appear are Nathan Fillion (Guardians of the Galaxy), Taika Waititi (Korg in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’), Michael Rooker (Yondu in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’), and finally Sean Gunn (‘Guardians of the Galaxy).
‘The Suicide Squad’ is set to release on August 6, 2021.