#The Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie and ‘The Suicide Squad’ Team Reflect on Script “No One Could Pull” Off But James Gunn

After Margot Robbie read the script for The Suicide Squad, she was grateful to know James Gunn would be at the helm. Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn for the third time, has produced projects such as DC’s Birds of Prey and the Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman, so she knows how challenging it is to turn an ambitious script into a film. “If I read the script and didn’t know James Gunn was going to direct it, it would have been a straight-up ‘no,'” Robbie told The Hollywood Reporter Monday at The Suicide Squad premiere in Westwood. “I was like, ‘No one...
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A second crack at ‘Suicide Squad’ surpasses the original

In the last couple of weeks we’ve had “Snake Eyes” which had nothing to do with the 1998 Nicolas Cage vehicle of the same name and “Masquerade” which had nothing to do with the 1988 Rob Lowe vehicle of the same title, and now comes “The Suicide Squad,” which WANTS nothing to do with the 2016 “Suicide Squad,” even though it’s based on the same source material and carries over a few key characters from that debacle.
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‘The Suicide Squad’: How Cancellation of ‘Akira’ Allowed James Gunn to Cast Taika Waititi

[Editor’s note: The following post contains light spoilers for “The Suicide Squad.”] Turns out, when you’re James Gunn, casting fellow filmmaker Taika Waititi in your latest outing is pretty easy, even when it’s set up at a rival studio from the one (in this case, Disney and Marvel) you collectively call home. Gunn hasn’t been hiding the fact that the “Thor: Ragnarok” and the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder” filmmaker appears in his DCEU film, “The Suicide Squad,” though fans have spent months trying to figure exactly who Waititi is playing. No major spoilers here, though the role is a small...
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The Best Franchise Course Corrections in Recent History

This week finds the new and improved The Suicide Squad earning rave reviews and – despite current circumstances making for a hindrance at the box office – proving an unmitigated improvement over its predecessor. Such a strong course correction that could leave the series in a much better light got us thinking of all the other times studios and creatives looked at a franchise and said, “Nah, we can do better.”

New this week: ‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘Vivo’ and Streisand

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. — The 2016 David Ayer-directed “Suicide Squad” may have been rock bottom for Warner Bros.’s DC Comics universe, but the follow-up/rebuild by James Gunn might be a high point. Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” which debuts Friday in theaters and on HBO Max, barely alters the title of the previous film and preserves some characters (Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller). But Gunn has brought an entirely new comic energy to the highly violent, R-rated comic book adaptation, along with the same surprising if demented poignancy Gunn showed to the two “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. In “The Suicide Squad,” Idris Elba leads a heartfelt if extreme gallery of damaged souls on a dangerous mission.
Seattle Times

Now streaming: animated musical ‘Vivo,’ ‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘The Paper Tigers’ and more

Here’s what’s new on Video on Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other services. The animated musical “Vivo” (2021, PG) follows the odyssey of a kinkajou — a cute, colorful monkeylike critter — from Havana to Florida. Lin-Manuel Miranda writes the original songs and voices the cuddly star as he teams up with an American girl, Gabi (Ynairaly Simo), adding his Latin style to her pop sensibility. The family friendly comedy is from the director of “The Croods” and also features the voices of Zoe Saldana and Gloria Estefan. (Netflix)
The Independent

The Suicide Squad: BBFC responds to ‘shock’ over film’s age rating

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has explained its decision to give The Suicide Squad a 15 age rating following confusion from cinemagoers. Those who went to see James Gunn’s new DC film in the UK were left surprised by the violent content, with many believing it should have been given an 18 rating.

The Suicide Squad Cast Join Campaign For Building to Be Named After Co-Star Nathan Fillion

The cast of The Suicide Squad is trying to manifest a number of things this week. First, everyone involved is hoping for a major weekend at the box office. Second, they're hoping to get a major new landmark in Edmonton named after The Suicide Squad star Nathan Fillion. The Canadian city is in the process converting a series of downtown parking lots into a luscious green park, and one new online petition hopes the city will opt to name it the Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion. Fillion is, after all, from the city.

Pucker Up! Joel Kinnaman Kisses Fiancée Kelly Gale at Premiere of The Suicide Squad

Joel Kinnaman was accompanied by fiancée Kelly Gale at the Monday premiere of his new superhero flick The Suicide Squad, held at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. The engaged couple coordinated in summer-friendly hues, with Kinnaman, 41, looking dashing in a wool-blend blazer and trousers by Paul Smith, over a white button-up shirt by the same designer and white shoes.