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Don’t Call It a Sequel: ‘The Suicide Squad’ Promises Deranged Delight

2016's Suicide Squad was a muddled mess, but director James Gunn is bringing everyone's favorite supervillains back for another shot at the big screen.
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Harley Quinn and the rest of her Task Force X comrades are coming back to the big screen in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

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Don’t get it confused: This flick featuring the incarcerated supervillain cons of Belle Reve is NOT a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. This one is a complete do-over.

2016’s Suicide Squad Was a Mess

If you saw 2016’s Suicide Squad, you’re probably not surprised that it’s getting a redo.

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David Ayer’s original, grittier take sent the studio into a panic. Warners execs required expensive reshoots to give the film a lighter tone and add humor. Instead of helping, it turned the film into a choppy, muddled mess riddled with plot holes and thinly written characters.

To top it off, the movie has a super predictable ending, and the soundtrack was just songs that your dad would play as he tends to the grill at a summer barbecue.

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The Suicide Squad Isn’t a Sequel

Enter James Gunn — and he’s bringing an R rating with him.

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To be clear, this is not Suicide Squad 2. The new film ignores David Ayer’s 2016 dud and gives us the redo we desperately needed. Think of it as a second draft.

Once again, DC’s “Dirty Dozen” will do anything to get out of Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the nation. These supervillains join the super-secret and shady Task Force X and are sent on a lethally dangerous black ops mission.

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For The Suicide Squad, Gunn opted to explore new characters. Some cast members returning — like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn — but we’ll get to see plenty of new faces. The cast includes Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, and Sylvester Stallone as a freakin’ shark that tears people in half.

With 2021’s The Suicide Squad, expect a deliriously deranged, ultra-violent romp full of rogue cutthroats and plenty of gore. Characters are getting sliced and diced, exploded, and more. This movie is living up to its R-Rating in a gruesome fashion.

Of course, it’s not all blood and guts. Gunn always weaves wit, humor, action, and drama into his movies, too. All in all, expect everything to be dialed to 11 here — but in a brilliant, cohesive way.

About the Title, Though…

As for the name, I’m sure you noticed that the only difference in titles is a single word. I’d like to think Gunn is trying to make the 2016 catastrophe disappear, as the new one just takes its place…

But as it turns out, the name started as a joke, and it just stuck.

According to Yahoo Entertainment, Gunn admitted that he “didn’t know what to call the movie.”

He continued, “I didn’t want it to be Suicide Squad: Dawn of the Mischief Red, whatever. I didn’t want it to be something that was this long awkward title.”

Gunn explained that he originally called the film Dogs of War, but he wrote The Suicide Squad on the first draft he handed over to the studio.

“I thought it was kind of funny,” Gunn recalls. “And they were like, ‘Yeah, we love this. This works. Let’s do this.’”

So, forget Suicide Squad. Check out their misadventures in The Suicide Squad when it hits theaters and HBO Max on Friday, August 6.