'The Suicide Squad': James Gunn Says He Had "Full Freedom" To Kill Any Character

Warner Bros.’ upcoming superhero film, “The Suicide Squad,” might share a confusingly similar title to the 2017 film, “Suicide Squad,” but that’s where the similarities end. James Gunn’s take on the idea of a group of villains forced to go on missions that will almost certainly end in their death is sure to be different than what David Ayer worked on just a few years ago. So, is it a sequel? Or Is it a reboot? Is it a remake? Well, don’t ask Gunn because it doesn’t sound like he is quite sure himself.

Speaking to Empire, the filmmaker was asked to describe the relationship between his version of “The Suicide Squad” and Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.” And apparently, it’s something completely different but still respectful of the first film. Maybe.

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“Um, it’s its own thing,” Gunn said. “It does not contradict the first movie, I don’t think. It might in some small ways… I don’t know…”

It sure does sound like Gunn isn’t really concerned with the story of the first film. And who can blame him? Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” isn’t a creative high mark for superhero filmmaking. But Gunn doesn’t think it’s all bad. In fact, the filmmaker believes that we should all be thankful that Ayer cast the film so well.

“Listen, David Ayer’s gotten trouble for the movie,” he said. “I know it didn’t come out how David wanted it to come out. But he did one really, really great thing, and that is he picked fantastic actors to work with, and he dealt with these actors in building their characters in a really deep and fearless way. It’s something David definitely deserves to be lauded for, and it’s definitely added to this movie.”

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If there’s one thing that Gunn wants you to know about his upcoming film, it’s that anything can happen. The film isn’t called “The Suicide Squad” because his characters are all going to hold hands and sit by the campfire at night. No, this is going to be a deadly superhero film where anything can happen.

“They don’t just get in fights and say they’re going to kill each other, they actually do get in fights and kill each other,” he explained. “You really don’t know who’s going to live and who’s going to die. I was given full freedom to kill anyone – and I mean anyone – by DC.”

“The Suicide Squad” is set to be released on August 6, 2021. You can see two new images from the film below:

The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad