The Suicide Squad is a go, as revealed at DC FanDome.
DC fans won’t have the happiest of memories of the first Suicide Squad film, but they might have cause to be excited by The Suicide Squad following the many reveals at the DC FanDome panel.
James Gunn, director of the film, answered a few fan questions before being joined by a massive number of cast members, alongside stylized posters of the characters they are set to be playing.
The panel also shared behind the scenes footage of the film and cast interviews. Here are the highlights.
The Suicide Squad: Which Cast Members are Returning?
The film poster, shared by Gunn on Twitter, shows quite a few main cast members.
Some of the cast will be familiar to fans as they appeared in the first film. The returning cast include Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the creator of the Suicide Squad team, known as Taskforce X in the film. She is joined by Joel Kinnaman, returning as Rick Flag, who will be running Taskforce X alongside Waller.
Margot Robbie also returns as Harley Quinn after an exceptional outing in the Birds of Prey film. Jai Courtney will be joining her as teammate Captain Boomerang.
Will Smith will not be returning as Deadshot, which is unfortunate, because his portrayal of the character gave Suicide Squad a lot of heart.
The Suicide Squad: Who’s in the Cast?
The better question would be, who isn’t in the cast of The Suicide Squad? The rest of the cast are all brand new, as revealed in the character trailer.
Michael Rooker, a long-time Gunn collaborator, having appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, will be playing Savant. Sean Gunn, brother of the director, and the on-set actor for Rocket in the Marvel films, will be playing another CGI character, Weasel.
German-born internet sensation Flula Borg takes on the role of Javelin. Daniela Melchior will be playing Ratcatcher 2—we don’t know about Ratcatcher 1, though. Mayling Ng will be taking on Mongal.
David Dastmalchian, who has appeared in multiple superhero properties from The Dark Knight trilogy, Gotham, and the Ant-Man series, will be playing yet another character, Polka-Dot Man.
Idris Elba, who was long rumoured to take over as Deadshot from Smith, will instead be playing Robert DuBois/ Bloodsport.
Fans have seen King Shark on The CW’s The Flash, and nowSteve Agee will portray and voice the character in The Suicide Squad.
Alice Braga, who will soon be appearing as Dr Reyes in Marvel’s much-delayed New Mutants, will be playing SolSoria, a character created for the film. Another new character is Nathan Fillion’s T.D.K.
Some of the bigger surprises from the cast list were Peter Capaldi, formerly the 12th Doctor, as the Thinker, former wrestler-turned actor John Cena, as Peacemaker, a “douche Captain America”, and comedian Pete Davidson as Blackguard.
That is a huge cast of very colourful characters. How will they work together? And will they all get enough screen time? We will have to wait till August 6, 2021 to find.
The Suicide Squad: Behind the Scenes Sneak Preview
Alongside the immense cast, who broke off into two groups to play a game against each other—with Davidson being picked last, which caused a great deal of laughter—Gunn also shared a behind the scenes preview of the The Suicide Squad, which was later shared on Twitter.
One immediate takeaway from the video is that Harley Quinn’s suit has been updated. No longer is she wearing the impractical and sexualised hotpants from the first film.
She’s got a complete suit with long trousers and a jacket that will hopefully be available for purchase. The bustier could have been designed to give more coverage but it still looks more comfortable than the top she had on in Suicide Squad.
The supersuits across the board look more colourful, and a bit goofy. I’m getting serious Doom Patrol vibes from T.D.K. and Peacemakers helmets.
There were a lot of action scenes included in the video—which should be exciting. According to the interviews, the characters will be showcased alongside the action, which will be necessary. The first film didn’t do the characters justice so The Suicide Squad will have its work cut out.
From what we’ve seen so far, this film looks quite fun. That is, if the team can balance the huge cast of characters, the action scenes, and the story. A tough ask but not an impossible one.