Jason Momoa defends comic book films from Martin Scorsese’s early criticisms

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Jason Momoa defends comic book films from Martin Scorsese’s early criticisms
August 8, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Martin Scorsese’s previous criticisms of franchise and comic book films have come under fire once again with James Gunn commenting on the matter in a recent interview and now Aquaman star, Jason Momoa, is giving his two cents on the matter as well.

While speaking with “The New York Times“, Momoa shined a much different light on the genre when compared to some of Scorsese’s more pointed criticisms. Momoa said, “It’s like how people say that music is poppy and this music cool. But you know how hard it is just to get your music out there for people to hear? It’s all subjective. I try not to pick on anything. So, yeah, superhero movies are bubble gum, but they’re like Greek mythology: They have good and evil and heartbreaking moments. And, gosh, you’re taking away other art forms if you stop making them. You’re taking away visual effects, you’re taking away what you can do with makeup.”

Momoa’s comments actually make a lot of sense, especially when he says a lot of this stuff is all subjective. Comic book films aren’t trying to be Taxi Driver and they are mostly popcorn entertainment but they do have big sweeping moments that elevate them to a more epic scale. The whole concept of good vs. evil, which has been central in so much of our storytelling, can be done very well in comic book films if they are handled correctly. Momoa goes on to say that that genre has afforded him the ability to tell stories that he wants to tell:

“I’m not someone who gets hired to play in a lot of cinema, but by being able to do a superhero movie, I can make a movie about something I really care about. I have a vision for the whole totality of Aquaman. There are environmental issues that I get to put into it. So while you’re going, ‘Oh yeah, it’s just this popcorn movie,’ I’m like, ‘Well, I get to open people’s eyes to things that are important to me.”

Martin Scorsese, who is considered by many to be one of the best filmmakers of all time, made comments that went viral back in 2019 that seemed to demean comic book films as a whole. Many people took his one comment about them not being cinema and ran with it as if he was saying that were of lesser quality compared to other films and genres. Scorsese walked back a bit on some of his criticisms after his initial comments by saying comic book films, Marvel films, in particular, had elements in them that defined cinema but said there was no “revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger.” 

You’ll find many people that defend the comic book genre and others that firmly agree with what Scorsese has said in the past. I think these factions have split equally because defenders of both aren’t wrong. There are some comic book films that lack some of the qualities that Scorsese speaks of while others definitely hit that mark. Some are made for popcorn entertainment while others are made to explore bigger ideas. The great thing about loving movies is that there is room for both and we can all be equally entertained and moved by any we choose to watch.

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The Suicide Squad Interviews: John Cena, Joel Kinnaman & more

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The Suicide Squad Interviews: John Cena, Joel Kinnaman & more
August 6, 2021 by: JimmyO

I loved THE SUICIDE SQUAD. James Gunn’s exceptional feature offers incredible on-screen talent, brilliantly selected tunes for the soundtrack, an excellent script, and gorgeous effects work. And so much more. The cast is perfection, and it’s always amazing to see Margot Robbie completely embody everything that is Harley Quinn so perfectly. Seriously, this flick features one of the best ensembles gathered together in a movie such as this. We’re talking about Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Rooker, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Mayling Ng, Nathan Fillion, Flula Borg, Pete Davidson, Daniela Melchoir, Sylvester Stallone, and so many more! I honestly cannot recommend this enough. If you are a James Gunn fan, this will be one hell of a cinematic treat.

In addition to talking with Mr. Gunn, we had the opportunity to chat with John Cena and Joel Kinnaman. The two are fantastic in the new film, and they opened about their involvement in this massive new feature. It was terrific hearing Mr. Cena offer a little love to Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer for giving him the chance to play such a comedic character in Trainwreck. And yes, he’s fantastic in this. Joel opened up about being one of the few actors to star in both this and the 2016 feature. He’s one of the most down-to-earth and genuine actors around, and he is excellent in this. Frankly, I enjoyed him in the 2016 film, but the expansion of the role is utterly satisfying.

Sitting on my Mac, speaking to Nathan Fillion, Jai Courtney, and Flula Borg is an awesome experience. While I did ask the three of them how they brought such life to their characters, Courtney quickly added that this wasn’t his first time, of course. However, he gave one of the most fun and original answers he could. It’s always terrific to speak to Mr. Courtney. At one point, Mr. Fillion added a question about how both Jai and Flula found working with James Gunn. To this, I asked Nathan about how this incredible filmmaker has changed throughout the years. It was the answer I was hoping to hear. It’s a beautiful thing to see someone that talented allowed to explore their vision. He had that chance here with astounding success.

I’ve watched The Suicide Squad twice thus far, and I’m going again. Rarely do I say this, but pretty much all of you are going to love this flick! Check it out in theatres – because it’s gorgeous on a massive screen – or HBO Max on August 6. Or do what I’m planning on doing and do both, repeatedly. You won’t be disappointed!


WTF Happened to Suicide Squad (2016)?

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WTF Happened to Suicide Squad (2016)?
August 6, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Movie? – The JoBlo series that looks at troubled productions, curious creative decisions, box-office failures, surprising successes, and cult favorites!

As the DC Extended Universe was just starting to try and reproduce Marvel’s monumental box office success, SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) was chosen to immediately follow the world-building of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) would put this ragtag team of DC Comics supervillains into action, but the studio’s disappointment in Batman v Superman and competing creative priorities ultimately made a mess of the end result.

With the release of Zack Snyder’s radically different, expanded cut of Justice League, many DC fans have been clamoring for the release of Ayer’s original, much darker cut of the film, with #ReleaseTheAyerCut gaining momentum on Twitter, with stars of both the original film and James Gunn’s well-received sequel, The Suicide Squad, joining the chorus. But what would the new cut be like? Spend some time with the bad guys and find out that and more on “WTF Happened to SUICIDE SQUAD!”

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James Gunn wants to make a Ravagers TV series for Disney+

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James Gunn wants to make a Ravagers TV series for Disney+
August 5, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

When James Gunn introduced the world to the Guardians of the Galaxy, we were still years away from Marvel TV shows such as WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki. Those series have demonstrated just what Marvel can do on the small screen, which has fans excited for the future. The possibilities are pretty much endless, but one series that James Gunn has always wanted to see would revolve around The Ravagers, the interstellar crime syndicate full of thieves, smugglers, bounty hunters, and pirates.

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While speaking on Josh Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused podcast, James Gunn said that he'd love to see The Ravagers get their own Disney+ series.

I always thought The Ravagers would be a great show. Whether that was with Sly Stallone's Ravagers or even more in-depth with just the pirates and what they were doing. I told Kevin Feige that when he first visited the set when we were on the Ravagers ship for Guardians 1, I said we should make a Ravagers show. He said if this movie's a hit you can do whatever you want. Still, no Ravagers show, so I don't know what happened.
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With all the shows Marvel Studios has in development for Disney+, I can't see any reason why The Ravagers can't be among them. It may be some time before such a series becomes a reality as James Gunn is quite busy with other projects, including the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but he also mentioned that he really wants "to do Peacemaker season two" and that's "the only thing I'm committed to if it happens right now." James Gunn's The Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters and will be available to stream on HBO Max tomorrow, and the first season of Peacemaker is set to debut in January 2022. As for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the sequel will start shooting later this year for a May 5, 2023 release.

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James Gunn says Martin Scorsese bashed Marvel movies to get press

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James Gunn says Martin Scorsese bashed Marvel movies to get press
August 5, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Martin Scorsese’s comments about Marvel movies are back in the spotlight courtesy of THE SUICIDE SQUAD director, James Gunn. The filmmaker was a guest on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast and he gave his rather blunt answer as to why the prolific director came after Marvel.

During his appearance, Gunn says he believes that Scorsese kept slamming Marvel movies in 2019 in order to get press for his own movie. At the time, the Netflix gangster drama The Irishman was Scorsese’s latest effort and Gunn believes it was all about drawing attention to his new film:

“It just seems awfully cynical that he kept coming out against Marvel, and that’s the only thing that would get him press for his movie, so then he just kept coming out against Marvel so that he could get press for his movie. He’s creating his movie in the shadow of the Marvel film, and so he uses that to get attention for something he wasn’t getting as much attention as he wanted for it.”

Despite Gunn’s pointed comment on the matter, it’s very clear that he respects Scorsese as a filmmaker and he went as far as to say that Scorsese is “one of the greatest filmmakers who’s ever existed.” Gunn also said that a lot of what the director had to say about franchise films, he actually agreed with:

“There are a lot of things that are true about what he said. There are a lot of heartless, soulless spectacle films out there that don’t reflect what should be happening. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve talked to film directors before they went and made a big movie, and said, ‘Hey, we’re in this together, let’s do something different with these big movies. Let’s make them something different than everything that has come before them.’ And then see them cater to every single studio whim and be grossed out, frankly.”

Scorsese first criticized Marvel movies back in October of 2019 which was about a month before Netflix began its release for The Irishman. The director did an interview with “Empire Magazine”  and instantly went viral when he said “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well-made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” The director elaborated on his stance in a November 2019 essay for “The New York Times” when he said he was critical of Marvel and other franchise films for creating only one kind of blockbuster that the exhibition prefers. He believes that these films drown out smaller independent movies and that he wasn’t trying to be critical of the movies themselves. Scorsese said, “Many franchise films are made by people of considerable talent and artistry. You can see it on the screen. The fact that the films themselves don’t interest me is a matter of personal taste and temperament.”

Maybe realizing that his comments on the podcast were about to reignite the Scorsese vs. Marvel feud of film Twitter, James Gunn took to his page to point out, even more, that he respects Scorsese as a filmmaker and he meant no ill-will with his comments. You can check out his tweet below!

Also for the record, Martin Scorsese is probably the world’s greatest living American filmmaker. I love & study his films & will continue to love & study his films. I disagree with him solely on one point: That films based on comic books are innately not cinema, that’s all. ????

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 4, 2021

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The Suicide Squad Interview: James Gunn on the Ayer film, King Shark & more

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The Suicide Squad Interview: James Gunn on the Ayer film, King Shark & more
August 4, 2021 by: JimmyO

James Gunn has always been a risk-taker. This has been true from his early work with Troma to the grotesque brilliance of Slither – and don’t forget PG Porn. Then came Guardians of the Galaxy. It is one of the best and most inspired flicks in the MCU. As well, it was another opportunity for the filmmaker to go for the weird and wonderful. And now, he has done something else that is truly spectacular. Gunn’s take on THE SUICIDE SQUAD is a bombastic, bloody, brilliant work, one filled with surprises, humor, and a massive heart. There is much to admire here, and it’s incredibly satisfying to see a superhero feature that comes from a singular – and immensely creative – voice such as Mr. Gunn.

I’ve had the great privilege of speaking with James Gunn, not once but twice in the past month. During our chat for the press day for the new film, I was thrilled to send a little f-bomb filled praise his way. And yes, I f*cking loved everything about The Suicide Squad. James discussed taking on such a massive project. As well, he spoke about giving himself this freedom to make something unique. And thankfully, we aren’t done with the charming fun of Guardians of the Galaxy. I asked him about creating a balance between the two worlds. Mr. Gunn is incredibly creative. And here, per usual, he offers a wealth of talent as a filmmaker. And it’s on full display with the marvelous The Suicide Squad.

In addition to the on-camera chat (which you can watch above), we recently spoke to James about some of the highlights from the new film, including one of the most entertaining cinematic creations of the year with King Shark. Here is what he had to say about the creature creation:

“King Shark was really the toughest thing [to create]. I mean, Starro was tough too. They were both really tough, but I will say that King Shark was the toughest character I’ve ever had to design for numerous reasons. Number one, shark skin is much harder to get right than raccoon fur or wood. And the other thing is, you know, Rocket, for instance, is still a mammal. So transforming him a little bit into a more human character isn’t that completely unnatural, but transforming a shark who’s made to swim flat into something that walks around and has a head bent forward, took a, a lot, a lot of design work. And in fact, we kept designing for a long time. We did the original design. We finally caught the ‘dad bod’ that I wanted, and I didn’t think he would have a six-pack because he’s not a mammal. So he doesn’t have the same muscular structure as we do. 

And finally, we started designing and Framestore did a lot of the work for that. That was the VFX company that did that. And we started almost finishing shots when I was like, oh he still doesn’t look totally right. Like his belly was a little too white. His pecs were a little too pec-like, and it looked strange on his body. And I said to Framestore, I’m sorry, but we have to go redesign. And we did it in the middle of post. So it was really a difficult process to get a shark that could walk around in the right way. And I’m really happy with where we landed with. 

With Starro, it was hard because I really liked the movie, The Host, and I like how the sea monster flaps around like a giant puppy even though he’s kind of scary. And so I wanted the same sort of like unwieldily feeling of a walking starfish who isn’t made to walk, he floats around in space. So getting him to walk and getting it in the way that it both at least somewhat put people in peril, but was also the goofy way a starfish would walk was difficult. And really still to this day, I go, you know, I love the pink and cerulean like totally bright colors that look completely different from the sort of really gritty, grimy streets of Colon, Panama that he’s walking around. And I mean, I liked that contrast a lot, but I knew it was risky to do something that pink. But we swung for the fence.”

On Ratcatcher, and just how important she is to this tale.

“She’s really the one character that I think comes into the movie damaged, but less damaged than the other characters. I think she’s the only character that has any access to her heart whatsoever. So I think that as much as I relate to the outsider qualities or the goofiness of Polka-Dot Man, I also relate to the more human elements of Ratcatcher too. And she’s thrust into this world where she’s around really nasty people and she becomes the heart of the movie in that respect. And so yeah, I think she’s the heart of the movie. 

One of the things it’s hard to answer questions about this movie is that everything is a surprise. So you don’t really know, but really, her [relationship] with Bloodsport is incredibly important to the movie. It’s probably the primary relationship in the movie. And it’s very important to me that it wasn’t a romantic relationship. You know, it is him learning and seeing her sort of messed up, but a pure human being. And that helps him to connect to her, but also connects to his daughter who has been treated like shit the whole time he’s known her. He treats her like total shit in the beginning of the movie. And being able to have a character who we could put ourselves in a little bit – because I think a lot of us are not at ease with, you know, tearing people apart – but also who sees the good in everybody. Even King Shark, is he good? He’s kind of a fish, but she sees the good in him. She’s like his eyes are so innocent and beautiful, you know, but they’re fish eyes. There’s nothing going on. So I think that it’s really wonderful to see the world through her eyes. And I think she’s obviously important to the movie in a lot of ways. So I thought, you know, in some ways, she’s my favorite character.”

When it came to not being beholden to David Ayer’s film and whether or not that would confuse people by bringing back a few characters from the 2016 vision.

“That I definitely was worried about the whole thing, confusing people. But when I first talked to the guys about making the movie, I said, what am I beholden to from the other movie? And exactly what they said was, listen, we love Margot. We would love it if she was back in the movie, but as long as you’re doing what you want to do and you’re bringing your full self to it, we don’t really care. You can make a whole new team, you can use the exact same team. You can do whatever you want. And I just happened to love those characters from the comics and I love those actors. 

We can’t of course forget Viola Davis, because to me, the Suicide Squad is about Amanda Waller. And she’s the actual antagonist in this film, you know, at the end of the day, she’s the bad guy. Right. This is sad for me because I’m probably most like her, cause I’m the one that’s killing everyone.

Margot Robbie has a fantastic Harley Quinn. I love the character. I know the character very well. I think the way she was originally written by Paul Dini and the old animated series was truly who she still is today. I don’t think I’ve deviated much from that. We get to see other sides of her, but it’s still fully that same character that Paul created and being able to bring out the full chaotic trickster of that character who still is growing though… I mean, she’s growing, she’s making choices which for her are healthy, probably wouldn’t be considered healthy for others, but for her they are healthy. So seeing that scene dealing with her in that way, I love dealing with Margot. She was one of my favorite people I’ve ever worked with. I was excited to work with her. I’ve heard good things about her. So I was excited about that. 

Joel, I’m a big fan of, as an actor, I thought that we could change up his character a little bit. I thought we could bring a little bit more humor to his character. I think a little bit more of the tortured quality to his character. His ideals getting squashed right in front of his eyes was dramatic to me. And so I really wanted that guy for a long time. So I brought those characters back because David did an amazing job casting his movie and he did an amazing job prepping those characters. 

I’m not one to have an ego about any of that kind of thing. If there’s something that’s good, why fix it? You know, why change it? And I didn’t want to be reacting to the first movie in terms of being a shadow of the movie, either just copying it or being like, hey, I’m going to be totally different from the first movie because so-and-so didn’t like it. Right. So it was about really just taking everything I had at my disposal and making the best movie I possibly could.”


James Gunn is sure Marvel will make an R-rated movie at some point

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James Gunn is sure Marvel will make an R-rated movie at some point
August 2, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

While Warner Bros. has experimented with R-rated DC content such as Joker and The Suicide Squad, Marvel Studios has remained firmly in the PG-13 realm since it began, but James Gunn believes that it's only a matter of time before that changes.

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While speaking with IndieWire, The Suicide Squad writer/director James Gunn was asked whether or not he thinks Marvel will ever release an R-rated film.

I think they will, I think they will, I’m almost sure they will. Not ‘Guardians’ though, because ‘Guardians’ are family movies, so it’s different. People are like, ‘Finally, they let you do R rating. What would “Guardians” be like if that was R rated?’ I’m like, ‘But it’s not.'

James Gunn continued: "I could go off and make a Drax movie that’s R-rated, that I would love to do, like barbarian Drax. But the ‘Guardians’ movies are fables, and I don’t think of them like that. I don’t write them like that. It’s a different type of movie, and you can have some gore and some scary darkness in there and things like that, which is good, but it’s not the rock and roll of ‘Suicide Squad.'" There are characters who definitely lend themselves to an R-rated more than others, and we've always heard rumblings of Marvel entertaining the notion of an R-rated MCU movie, and the most likely candidate is the third Deadpool movie. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed earlier this year that Deadpool 3 is still being developed as an R-rated movie, but it remains to be seen if the film will be quite as R-rated as its predecessors. Aside from Deadpool, what MCU characters could you see in an R-rated adventure?

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The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2021 and start streaming on HBO Max the following day. You can check out a review from our own JimmyO right here.


Guardians of the Galaxy 3 filming finally begins in November

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Guardians of the Galaxy 3 filming finally begins in November
July 26, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Thanks to COVID-19 and director James Gunn’s temporary removal from the project, production on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 is getting started a little later than originally planned, but it will finally kick off later his year. While speaking with Collider recently, James Gunn confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will start shooting in Georgia this November. The writer/director also said that the script has largely remained unchanged over the past three years.

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It’s basically been finished for years. I keep fiddling with different things and adding things, and figuring out permutations and stuff — I’m in the middle of doing another draft now — but it’s really small stuff in comparison to what it has been. It’s basically been finished since three years ago.

We don’t know all that much about what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will bring us, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed quite a bit since the last Guardians film. With the death of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Avengers: Infinity War and the arrival of an alternate version in Avengers: Endgame, it’s hard to say just how that will affect the team moving forward, but James Gunn he knows “that the characters have been through certain things” in the films they’ve appeared in since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, “so I have to deal with that stuff.”

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We will be catching up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, minus Gamora, a little sooner than we think as the team is slated to appear in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder alongside Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Christian Bale. The Thor sequel will hit theaters on May 6, 2022, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 set for a May 5, 2023 release.


The Suicide Squad is very violent with an immense heart, Jai Courtney says

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The Suicide Squad is very violent with an immense heart, Jai Courtney says
July 20, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

With the release of THE SUICIDE SQUAD just around the corner, I’d say most of us are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to check out exactly what James Gunn has in store for us, especially as the first reactions to the film are teasing that it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Our own JimmyO has seen The Suicide Squad already and called it “weird and wonderful” with “laughs aplenty and some of the most outrageous and original visuals you’re likely to see in the cinema this year!” That sentiment seems to be mirrored by Jai Courtney, who reprises his role of Captain Boomerang in the sequel.

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While speaking with Variety at the premiere of his action-thriller Jolt with Kate Beckinsale, Jai Courtney was filled with praise for what James Gunn was able to do with The Suicide Squad.

It’s crazy, dude. It’s so bizarre. James Gunn is an evil genius in a way and the movie is really something that is representative of what he is capable of. He really pushed the boundaries. He was basically given the keys and told, ‘Do whatever the fuck you want,’ and he did. It’s definitely very violent but it’s also really silly and funny and has immense core and heart to it.

Although The Suicide Squad will be available in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, Jai Courtney really hopes that people will see it in theaters as it’s “really designed to be a spectacle and viewed in that way. There’s nothing more earning of that right than something like Suicide Squad.”

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The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2021 and start streaming on HBO Max the following day. The Peacemaker TV series will debut on HBO Max in January 2022.


The Suicide Squad Special Screening & Chat with James Gunn!

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The Suicide Squad Special Screening & Chat with James Gunn!
July 19, 2021 by: JimmyO

Wednesday night, had the incredible opportunity to get an early look at James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD. This highly anticipated feature was something that I was already excited to witness, and thankfully all expectations were met and then some. That said, there is currently an embargo as the film is still a few weeks away from its August 6th release date. That said, keep a lookout for our upcoming review of the latest from the world of DC Comics. However, last night we didn’t just get to witness the film. Afterward, we were joined in the theatre courtesy of Zoom by Mr. Gunn himself.

The director took a few moments away from his busy schedule to chat about all things The Suicide Squad with the small group gathered to watch the film. The subjects covered during the chat included his reasons why he enjoys working on films with an ensemble cast, the task of making King Shark and Starro look amazing, and which characters in the new film did he connect with the most. It’s always a real pleasure chatting with Mr. Gunn, and even in a group situation such as this, he brings his energy and excitement to the conversation. Here is part of our conversation with James Gunn, and his quick take on all things The Suicide Squad – more from this conversation coming soon! Wait until you see this one, folks!

On keeping The Suicide Squad filled with surprises, and are they always planned, or do they come as the production moves forward.

“It’s a little bit of both, but it’s a lot. I do think that good plots have twists in them and sometimes in movies, like a really serious drama, those twists are there and they should be surprising, but at the same time, they’re not as noticeable because it’s a more mellow situation. And in this movie, it really was about just making the biggest and most entertaining film I possibly could and really taking people on a journey that changes from moment to moment and does surprise people with who lives, who dies, and going off on Harley’s journey for a while and taking it there and trying to take risks with a spectacle film, which is not the usual path. It’s usually a more usual structure of the three-act structure and it has a total three-act structure, but trying to make more risky choices within all of that.”

Regarding the on-screen violence, as well as the surprising purity that the film has.

“One character says something at the end of the movie that I really believe in. I came into this movie, for instance, with Polka-Dot Man who, when you look up online, he’s one of the dumbest supervillains of all time, the man is always on that list. And the idea is that in a world where superheroes are real and the supervillains are real, that a guy would call himself Polka-Dot Man, and go around with polka dots on his costume seems ludicrous. But to be able to take that character – who’s a lot more like I am than Batman or Captain America – and to give him a story that’s incredibly dark in terms of how he became Polka-Dot Man, it’s a horrible story, and it was giving meaning to something that is incredibly stupid and we’re all incredibly stupid in our own ways. And to be able to sort of embrace the humanity of our own darkness and our own silliness. 

To me, at the end of the day, everything I’ve ever done is about characters, trying to connect and have a difficult time doing it because I have a difficult time and these characters have a harder time than anybody else I’ve ever written because they not only have these horrible backstories for the most part, but they’ve also made horrible choices in their lives. And to be able to find something good in all of that is the sort of journey that excites me the most. And a lot of it is, is about that. It’s about, you know, Harley’s journey to find something good. It’s about Bloodsport’s journey to find something good in themselves. And so that’s really where that comes from.”

About exploring American Imperialism in The Suicide Squad.

“I think that we’re dealing with, that’s like part of the story is in a way innately about an American institution, which is doing these black ops. You know, black ops with characters and people, human beings that they consider disposable that are too dangerous for regular troops to go so that they choose people that they think no one will notice if they’re murdered. No one will care if they’re murdered. And I don’t, I think it would be hard to tackle that without also tackling faces behind that and with them then going and doing something in a country that, you know, part of what they’re doing is good in a way and then part of it is awful. And also understanding everybody’s perspective and all of that. I understand Peacemaker’s perspective. I understand Amanda Waller’s perspective. I understand Ratcatcher’s perspective and Bloodsport, and Harley’s perspective is just doing her own thing. It’s really about seeing all those things in action. And I think it kind of is, you know, intrinsic to telling that type of story, that it would come up naturally.”

The appeal of working with an ensemble cast.

“I naturally am drawn to an ensemble cast. I’ve made a lot of movies at this point and almost all of them have been ensembles other than my movie, Super, which is really about one character’s journey. But all of the other films I’ve made going back to even my first movie, Tromeo and Juliet, and my second movie, The Specials, they’re ensembles. I’m just drawn to them. And yet I don’t ever write a character into a script that doesn’t have a reason to be there. If I’m writing an ensemble and there are seven people in that ensemble, and all of a sudden, I go, there’s one guy over here who’s not really a part of the story. He’s just there because he’s a famous superhero or he’s there because of whatever reason I’m going to write that character out. 

It’s important to me that every character does have a journey within the movie. And sometimes those journeys are very small and sometimes they’re very large, but I’ll just never choose a character who doesn’t have a part of the story and doesn’t add to it. And it doesn’t change the story. And in this character, I mean obviously, there’s some characters that kind of don’t have as big of a role in this film as others, but of the main characters who we spend the movie on, each of them is intimately involved with the story. Each of them changed from Ratcatcher to The Thinker to King Shark. They’re all a part of that story. So part of it is just that I’m naturally drawn to it. And I love the idea. You know, it was fun for me to get these DC comics characters with a totally varied group who all kind of seem to be from their own genre of film, and putting it together in one movie was a blast.”


James Gunn gives details about his firing from Marvel

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James Gunn gives details about his firing from Marvel
July 16, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

James Gunn is at a high right now with the upcoming release of THE SUICIDE SQUAD and the imminent production start date for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn is in a unique position to be helming a DC and Marvel film but there was a time when he almost lost it all. Thanks to a series of questionable tweets being unearthed, Gunn was fired by Marvel in 2018. Gunn had the support of his Guardians cast and many fans around the world but Gunn suffered through the consequences of cancel culture before getting the DC job to helm The Suicide Squad and then ultimately being invited back into the Marvel universe to direct the third Guardians installment. Now that Gunn is making the rounds to promote The Suicide Squad and some time has been removed, the director is giving more details about his firing and how it affected him at the time.

In a new interview with “The New York Times“, Gunn revealed that it was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that had to deliver the news that he was being let go. Gunn then detailed the conversation he had with Feige after he rang up the Marvel head-honcho:

“I called Kevin the morning it was going on, and I said, ‘Is this a big deal?’ And he goes, ‘I don’t know.’ That was a moment. I was like, ‘You don’t know?’ I was surprised. Later he called me, he himself was in shock, and told me what the powers that be had decided.”

After he heard the news, Gunn went through all the motions we wall would likely go through after losing a high-profile job such as his. Gunn, believing his entire career was over, said, “It was unbelievable. And for a day, it seemed like everything was gone. Everything was gone. I was going to have to sell my house. I was never going to be able to work again. That’s what it felt like.”

Gunn’s firing from Marvel in 2018 came after a number of his old tweets resurfaced in which the director made jokes about pedophilia and rape. Gunn released a statement the day of his firing that read, “I understand and accept the business decisions take today.” He also said that he “regretted” the words in the tweets “because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.” 

It became clear that those who worked closely with Gunn also believed those tweets didn’t reflect the man he was at the time of his firing. The Guardians cast among many others came out in support of Gunn, with the cast even penning a letter advocating for his reinstatement. When speaking of the support he received, Gunn said, “I felt really fulfilled and loved in a way that I had never felt in my entire life.”

James Gunn became a bit of an anomaly because, unlike most, he came out ahead of cancel culture. Soon after his firing, there were whispers that other studios were courting him for projects since he was no longer employed by Marvel. Most of these reports sounded like wishful thinking rumors but soon it was revealed that Gunn would direct DC’s The Suicide Squad. Getting that project essentially saved Gunn’s career and somewhere in that timeline, Marvel came calling back to get Gunn back into the fold. It was agreed that Gunn would make The Suicide Squad first and then he’d go into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn went from feeling like he was about to lose everything to suddenly gaining it all. Gunn was asked in the interview if he felt like he was a victim of cancel culture at the time and here is what he had to say:

“It’s such a bigger issue than that. Because cancel culture also is people like Harvey Weinstein, who should be canceled. People who have gotten canceled and then remain canceled, most of those people deserve that. The paparazzi are not just the people on the streets, they’re the people combing Twitter for any past sins. All of that sucks. It’s painful. But some of it is accountability. And that part of it is good. It’s just about finding that balance.”

I was one of the people that thought Gunn didn’t deserve to be fired and was thrilled when he picked up The Suicide Squad and was ultimately rehired by Marvel. Were his tweets in poor taste? Most definitely, but, it was clear he was in a much different place in 2018 compared to when those tweets went out and we are all guilty of sticking our foot in our mouths. Your past doesn’t always need to define you and your present. You can learn from it and be better and that is what James Gunn did.

What are YOUR thoughts on what went on with James Gunn and Marvel?

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The Suicide Squad first reactions say the film is unlike anything we’ve seen

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The Suicide Squad first reactions say the film is unlike anything we’ve seen
July 15, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

James Gunn has sought out to make something truly unique with THE SUICIDE SQUAD and, if these first reactions to the film are to be believed, the director has done that and then some. Many people who have screened the film early have taken to social media to declare that The Suicide Squad is unlike anything we’ve seen before and that we should prepare for a truly unique comic book movie experience.

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad follows the members of Task Force X after they’re sent to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison, and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experiments. The large ensemble cast includes Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, John Cena as Peacemaker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Michael Rooker as Savant, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, Juan Diego Botto as Silvio Luna, and Mayling Ng as Mongal. Steve Agee is also pulling double duty doing the motion capture for King Shark and starring as John Economos, while Sylvester Stallone provides the vocal talent for King Shark.

You can check out some of the early reactions below, beginning with our very own JimmyO, who starts things off by saying “this is the Suicide Squad we’ve been waiting for!”

@JimmytotheO just checked out @SuicideSquadUK and calls it “weird and wonderful! There are laughs aplenty and some of most outrageous and original visuals you’re likely to see in the cinema this year! This is #TheSuicideSquad we’ve been waiting for! Bravo

— (@joblocom) July 15, 2021

.@JamesGunn’s #TheSuicideSquad is gloriously insane and so, so fun. (After watching it, you’ll think you might have dreamed it.) Everyone is excellent and deeply committed to the material and its singular mood and wild ass aesthetic. Can’t wait to ride this rollercoaster again.????

— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) July 15, 2021

#TheSuicideSquad is not only my favorite DC Movie. It’s easily @JamesGunn’s best film. It’s insane fun and filled with laugh and is exactly what Task Force X should be.

— Nathaniel Brail (@NateBrail) July 15, 2021

I really loved #TheSuicideSquad. It’s funny and gory and foul-mouthed like you’d expect, but it’s also deeply tragic and heartfelt with an underlying kindness I absolutely didn’t expect. It’s just as much satire as it is shoot-em-up. More thoughts once I’m able, but truly wowed.

— Kyle D. Anderson (@KyleDAnderson) July 15, 2021

#TheSuicideSquad is SO much fun. A violent, action-packed ride with a ton of heart. Gunn’s most thrilling project.

Harley Quinn and King Shark were the standouts for me, but every single cast member excels in this movie. This film is definitely one of DC’s best!

— allie (@AllisonLThiel) July 15, 2021

just watched the suicide squad. a thrilling, colourful. and adventurous experience with some iconic and not-so-iconic DC characters that truly lives up to the title. highly recommended! #TheSuicideSquad

— AP (@cinnamonpepsi) July 15, 2021

I love this crazy movie. Blood-gushing fun, bombastic energy from each scene to the next, & unapologetic as well as unafraid to push the boundaries of humor in the most absurd and equally dark circumstances. #TheSuicideSquad

— Dorkaholics (@dorkaholics) July 15, 2021

#TheSuicideSquad is absolutely insane. Violent as hell, raunchy, unforgiving.

James Gunn is fully unleashed. It’s sometimes overwhelming. It has moments of heart, humor, action, emotion… all of it. Relentless.

There’s nothing like it. Damn!

— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) July 15, 2021

#TheSuicideSquad is visually amazing and is a non-stop trip from start to finish, the chemistry between the squad is great and every character gets a moment to shine, pure cinema for 2 hours, bravo to the whole team

— Javier X (@JavierAIfonso) July 15, 2021

#THESUICIDESQUAD is strong, violent, absurd and funny and I loved every minute!@JamesGunn brought his bag of tricks to DC, now with an R rating and free rein to blow our minds! One of the best movies in the DCEU! You have to see it on the big screen!@SuicideSquadWB@wbpictures

— Cultura Geek PR (@culturageekpr) July 15, 2021

Got to see @JamesGunn #TheSuicideSquad tonight! A hilariously violent and heartfelt story that’s surprising in all the right ways. Enjoyable for everyone — hardcore DC comics fans and newbies alike. Go see this movie.

— Vanessa Armstrong (@vfarmstrong) July 15, 2021

Absolutely loved #thesuicidesquad. The movie is super violent, extremely funny, and a huge home fun for @JamesGunn and #DC. Tons of surprises and things I wasn’t expecting. Just a great movie.

— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 15, 2021

I recently got to see #TheSuicideSquad on @IMAX, which was an ill experience. @JamesGunn took full advantage of that hard R, delivering a big bad of MADNESS that’s the most James Gunn film I’ve ever seen. The best choice for a @SuicideSquadWB film, IMO.

— KHAL ME IF YOU GET LOST (@khal) July 15, 2021

Do these first reactions get YOU hyped to see The Suicide Squad? The film hits screens and HBO Max on August 6, 2021.


James Gunn feels new superhero movies are mostly boring now

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James Gunn feels new superhero movies are mostly boring now
July 13, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

James Gunn may have two superhero movies on the horizon with the release of THE SUICIDE SQUAD in August and beginning production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 but that doesn’t mean he isn’t bored by the genre at times. While discussing why he tried to make The Suicide Squad different from every other superhero movie he’s seen, the director revealed that today’s superhero movies are mostly boring to him right now.

During a chat with “Gamesradar“, Gunn discussed how he wanted to make The Suicide Squad stand apart from other films of the genre and that’s when he declared his boredom for some of it, although he did acknowledge some are trying to do different things to keep things from getting stale. Here is what he had to say:

“They’re mostly boring to me right now. I loved them at the beginning and there are still people trying to do different things [with them], so it’s not a 100% rule, but a lot of them are boring. So I think it’s about bringing in other elements from different genres.”

When it came to talking about infusing other genres into the world of superheroes, Gunn said, “I loved the idea of making a supervillain war caper film. Films like The Dirty Dozen and Where Eagles Dare, those are of different elements from the backdrop of war and the caper heist element, to the sneaking around, the high stakes, the adventure. It gave me a great excuse to be able to create a film in a genre I’ve loved since I was a little kid, and do in a big way and not have to hold back.” From the early looks at The Suicide Squad, it really seems Gunn has made a film that isn’t typical of the genre so his take is something that can make the concept feel fresh. No matter how much money these films make, there is a chance they can go stale and Gunn is merely saying that some of them play too close to formula without trying to mix things up and try something new. 

The Suicide Squad follows the members of Task Force X after they’re sent to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison, and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experiments. The large ensemble cast includes Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, John Cena as Peacemaker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Michael Rooker as Savant, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, Juan Diego Botto as Silvio Luna, and Mayling Ng as Mongal. Steve Agee is also pulling double duty doing the motion capture for King Shark and starring as John Economos, while Sylvester Stallone provides the vocal talent for King Shark.

What are YOUR thoughts on James Gunn’s comments? The Suicide Squad hits screens and HBO Max on August 6, 2021.


The Suicide Squad set visit: John Cena deep dives into The Peacemaker role

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The Suicide Squad set visit: John Cena deep dives into The Peacemaker role
July 6, 2021 by: Paul Shirey

John Cena has been working his way up the entertainment food chain for many years now and looks to be on a roll with his one-two punch of summer blockbusters that just began with F9 and will finish with James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD. Cena plays The Peacemaker, a kind of violent, insane Captain America who will do whatever it takes for freedom. After showing his comedic shops in movies like Ferdinand and Blockers, the WWE Star is set to take on the big leagues utilizing both comedy and his physical prowess. Cena is an imposing force in person and showed up looking like a giant of muscle, speaking with that booming John Cena voice. Confident, relaxed, playful and sometimes deadly serious, Cena came off as a truly welcome addition to this massive cast and is sure to entertain with is wild antics as The Peacemaker. Hopefully, folks dig it, as he and Gunn have already wrapped filming a mini-series for the character that’s set to debut sometime in the future on HBO Max.

Joining Cena for this little Q & A session is actress Daniela Melchior, who plays Ratcatcher 2. While we had only time for a few questions with Melchior, she gave us some insight into her character, as well as her insight in working with James Gunn.

QUESTION: How you doing?

JOHN CENA: Excellent. First of all, a universal good afternoon, everybody. I’m sure your day has been full of conversation. I will try to sink the ship and see what we can do. What’s on everybody’s mind?

QUESTION: Can we talk about the helmet?

JOHN CENA: You can talk about the helmet.

QUESTION: What can you tell us about your character?

JOHN CENA:: I’m currently filming Suicide Squad Two or Suicide Squad: The James Gunn Edition. I’m gonna call it that. Yes.

QUESTION: How did you come to be a part of it?

JOHN CENA: Like most opportunities, a bit of chance, and then through a series of tests and preparation, I guess, acceptance. Yes.

QUESTION: Peacemaker has a pretty extreme philosophy. What can you tell us about that? What about that appeals to you?

JOHN CENA: I would say that that is one person’s point of view. I think the driving force behind any character, anyone you see behind me, it’s they have to have some sense of belief in their purpose. And I don’t think that’s just a necessarily slated to what I’m asked to do. I think everyone is either struggling to find it or has strong belief. And I think that the wonderful ride, that movies, superhero movies, especially because a comic book character, it’s very much like a WWE superstar. When you come through the curtain, by your background music and your appearance, you are supposed to give off essentially your character, your purpose, your definition. And comic book characters are what we try to emulate in WWE. So it’s even better representation of that. So for you to read a story about somebody and say, oh, well, they have very defined views or severe views or take the attitude you take is your interpretation of their credit. I think the fun, especially what we’ve been doing the past few days, of course, I can’t tell you anything about it, but the stuff we’ve been filming in the past two days is exploring the why in all that. And I think that’s what’s great about these movies. That’s what keeps us all charged on going to these movies. We either know these characters so well, or we want to know about these characters. And maybe we’re asking these questions, why, or we maybe have our own definition and the movie either turns it upside down or answers to the questions for us.

QUESTION: Did you get to incorporate anything else from a WWE skillset to action sequences or anything like that this summer?

JOHN CENA: Action sequences kind of. I could waste all of the data on all of these devices showing you what I take from WWE and bring to cinematic performance. Every single day, I’m met with a new epiphany of like, wow, I was doing this and WWE. It’s the same, it’s just not the same. And it’s every single day on every single project. So I bring a lot from WWE with me and hopefully it stays that way. Nah it’s cool, take one at a time [another attempt at a question] Yeah. Look at this guy, he bogarted his way in. [Another attempt] You spoke first, but you raised your hand, so I’m going to give you that one. One, two, three. All right. Go.

QUESTION: Now I forgot my question. What is Peacemaker’s role on the scene? He’s positioned not towards the front, but he’s very prominent in all his art. Is he a team player? Does he get along with the team?

JOHN CENA: You familiar with a band called Van Halen? Not the Van Hagar version, the David Lee Roth Van Halen. Think of him as a fucking awesome Eddie Van Halen.

QUESTION: One of the things you’ve apparently brought from WWE, Peter Safran was telling us, was your improvisational skills. And you said some of the best stuff in the movie will never make it into the movie because of…

JOHN CENA: Well, I got to help you guys stay during the credits.

QUESTION: So like, how much of that improvisation are you doing? And what is the tolerance for that kind of stuff on the set?

JOHN CENA:So every set is different. I just, and every role is different. I’m literally leaving you guys to go promo a family comedy where I was put next to two brilliant improvisers and John Leguizamo and Keegan-Michael Key, and my role was to not laugh and let them be themselves. So all of these jokes and fits and risks that they came up with, I couldn’t, once, get in on the punchline, not even once, because I’m supposed to stand there, still, like a disciplinarian. This one, I actually had different intentions of what I wanted to do with this. And then James was like, no, I kind of want him more douche-y. And I was like, you hired the right guy. In a small piece of feedback on day one of shooting, all of my preparation, all of the work I put into what I thought it would be, completely collapsed, but spawned to a new environment. And along with suggestions, from certainly the guy running the show, and freedom to be like, hey, I’ve got what I need. We’re set up. Here’s one for you. And Daniela and I shared a wonderful moment yesterday where James is like, hey, just do what you want on this one. And I absolutely did exactly what I wanted to. It had nothing to do with what was on the page, it had nothing to do with continuing the narrative. He gave me the choice to do what I want and I was like, well, fuck it. I’m going to write my own story right now. So it’s cool because I think he’s okay with that and he’ll grab bits and pieces of, even if I’m really just wasting tape. He’d be like, that thing you just did, like the fucked up thing with your face, do that, but say this. Oh. Oh, shit. Okay, great. So I think he’s tolerant and patient enough to know like, when he says do what you want, he’s going to get me. And that he tries to steal little bits of me and put it behind that gorgeous chrome helmet, that I’m not supposed to talk about.

QUESTION: People hear, James Gunn doing an ensemble comic book movie, and they automatically think that this is going to be Guardians of the Galaxy, but for DC. Is that accurate?

JOHN CENA: Okay, give me what you mean by that.

QUESTION: Like jokey and tone characters that don’t play well together, but figure out eventually how to be a team. It’s like his unique sense of humor, basically, that that would fuel the story.

JOHN CENA: So the tale of human connection making the audience laugh.

QUESTION: Sure. But I wouldn’t [inaudible] Suicide Squad, because they’re supposed to be villains and there’s supposed to be, well, not supposed to be. There’s almost an unexpected essence of them not getting along together. It’s almost like two things that don’t go together.

JOHN CENA: Yeah. So I bet you if they locked the door in this son of a bitch right now, and they kept us here for a month, we’d somehow find a way to co-exist. So I think you can say that for any dynamic. If Suicide Squad, they’re put in penitentiary situations. Even in the penitentiary, where people are there to correct moral wrongdoing, they make a dichotomy, they have sides. So to say that people don’t get along, correct. But then they’re putting in a set of circumstances where the other option is not existing. So if you are faced with death, we’ll get along. And I think that’s an interesting, like that drives the narrative forward really tight. And that’s very well-defined. So I think that’s a cool kind of way to make it. Anybody else?

QUESTION: Did it require any kind of difference in your training routine?

JOHN CENA: I had to learn accents. Yes. And then, throw away all the accent work that I did and just forget about it. I just couldn’t come up with anything good. [laughter] But everybody’s like, accents, what the? [laughter] It just took a bit of adjustment. Like I came from Fast, wrapped that, and then two days later, we’re in full in Suicide Squad. And just the systems of operations are different. Neither one of them’s, neither one of them’s wrong. It just took me like a day or two to get to altitude. But now we are cruising. Anything else?

QUESTION: First of all, incredible. I apologize, I forget who asked it earlier. But we were looking at the concept art over here with all the rats, and somebody asked, do you bring your own rats in this situation? Or do you use the local population rats?

DANIELA MELCHIOR: I like to think, I have a particular one personally. I am sorry for my bad English. But it will be useful because my character comes from Portugal, so it’s totally fine to have my accent. I like to think that all the reps from all over the world can speak my language. And wherever I go, if I call them, they will come from everywhere. Like not from Portugal, not from… if I’m in, can we say where I’ll be? [publicist confirms Portugal] If I’m in [Portugal], I speak with them, Portuguese. I actually have a line in Portu– an expression, in Portuguese talking with them. But they are from here, from the [inaudible].

QUESTION: Is this where you imagined your super power would be when you…

DANIELA MELCHIOR: Yes. Like if I go to a place, I’m not taking my gang. I go there and wherever I go, I have my gang and I don’t have to make them, they’re mine.

QUESTION: I had actually asked a different rat, well that wasn’t my rat question, but we hear that you have Sebastian? Is that the… okay. So, what’s it been like working with a cute little rat in a vest?

DANIELA MELCHIOR: So I’m not wearing that much. The rats actually, we have three rats, three female rats. It’s a little bit distracting sometimes because I have to be like lazy and tired and I don’t give a shit about whatever is happening. And the rats is like… and I’m just like, come here. And she doesn’t want to, she wants to find new places and go, and we’re like, okay, we’ll try one time with the rats, we’ll see what happens. And then it will be CGI. And actually, I don’t know if I can say this, but actually, [inaudible] a little bit afraid of rats. Like whenever I have the rats, I tried to put it smaller, but the [rat] doesn’t go smaller and they are already like looking. No way. No, keep that thing away. Yeah. But I’m always trying to, look, she’s so sweet. She, look, she wouldn’t hurt you.

QUESTION: I guess you both can speak to this. We’ve heard about how James is singular in his vision of the entire story at any point in it, that that’s something special for a filmmaker, a director, that he knows every beat, he knows where everyone needs to be. Is that like freeing knowing you’re in such good hands or is there pressure?

DANIELA MELCHIOR: I totally trust him. And I feel, I don’t know what to say. I feel if I call, he will be there. I totally, I could go blind, and I would trust him because he has everything in his head. He knows what he’s doing. And whenever he asks us something, we never question because he’s a genius.

JOHN CENA: I’ve never ever fought unprepared, ever. He is one of the most prepared and able to steer that ship. It’s one of the most imperative things I’ve ever seen, but also, he’s okay, like with talking about the impromptus, he’s okay pivoting. Like you pivoting and then coming back to the plan. When someone just pushes forward at all costs, you truly are a robot, well, then you get a puppet. He has definitely a sense of direction, a very defined sense of direction, but is gracious to all of us to allow us to be us. So it’s not as if we don’t feel like, onward, but when you look at the storyboards and the way he approaches a project and the concentration and character development and the importance of narrative, things that make a good movie a movie, as he said today, smart and honest. Those are the two words he used. I was like, hey man, what makes a good movie? They’re smart and they’re honest. I think by giving, by having the direction he has, but also by giving us the luxury to be ourselves, you get authenticity, which is awesome.

QUESTION: Can you talk about how your character was pitched to you? Like what details you were giving up front?

JOHN CENA: They give us nothing. I know all this stuff is around me, and I was told to tell you guys nothing. So I’m not going to tell you anything. You’re not going to get it from me. And I got to hold that secret for another 18, 20 months. So in the midst of a few opportunities, someone was like, Hey, James Gunn would like to talk to you about a film that he’s doing. And I said, of course. And they were very lock and key with the details. And I came to Atlanta and walked into James’ office and he had the entire thing story boarded. Everything down to the smallest of details. And I thought, literally, he was just giving me a tour. He was like, Hey, come here man. And then we get to this, this, and this. Dude, I haven’t even read page one of this yet. What are you talking about? And then he explained what the project was, what I was doing. And then I was able to actually read the material. And after seeing all this, when you read the material, I mean, I’m an imaginative person, but I couldn’t even… I was like hyper-charged with ideas and I really wanted to be part of it. And when you see something like this, this much vision, this much preparedness, like, I want to bet on that kind of thing. I just know he’s not, I don’t want to say never, but he’s either going to fail while going down with his last breaths swinging until he can’t swing no more, or it’s going to be great. You know, he doesn’t [inaudible].

QUESTION: I actually have a question for Daniela. I knew the Ratcatcher character from the Batman comics, and I think we saw a costumes tests reel that they put together. Does your character have a mask at one point? What can you tell us about the mask and the function?

DANIELA MELCHIOR: Actually, I have the rats and I have the gas, so I can’t tell when I’m using it, but I will use it. But also you will see much time my face. So it’s like, it still be useful and each will have meaning – you will understand, okay, yeah, the Ratcatcher from Batman used it and this Ratcatcher also uses it. I don’t know if I can talk about it.

JOHN CENA:: I’ll bore these guys with annecdotes. Final thoughts. Anything.

QUESTION: Is this the genre that you were looking to get into, the comic book genre? It’s so popular now. And there’s so many great storytellers in it.

JOHN CENA: So here we are. Everybody asking questions about genre. That’s unnecessary, especially with the success of comic book adaptation. I don’t care where it comes from. It’s when I get a chance to read it. Or when I get a chance to live it, if I’m moved by it, I want to be a part it. I can come up with family comedy all day tomorrow, and then I’ll be the big budget action. And then another big budget action movie, a superhero world. And then I’ll do an adult comedy. [mentions sounds above us] And then there are guys on the roof. [laughter] I don’t have a bucket list of like, I’d like to do this, I’d like to do that. But I don’t have a path of like, this should be next. I just, I’m still kind of finding my way. I’m very new to this profession. And I always, this goes back to WWE question. When I established my connection with the audience, I failed the very first time I tried WWE, just like the first time I tried to do movies, I just failed. I started to gain traction and recognition in this field and picking projects that I’m passionate about. If I like what I read, I can see myself in it, which means I can do an authentic job and give you guys some laughs or a vibe, or whatever I’m supposed to do. So I read it. I loved it. It’s got the right folks on it, so it’s super awesome. Because once again, I think it’s like, you can kind of look at everybody and get it. And that’s what I love about comics. They’re like, the name, the graphics, it’s all in the cards. It’s the entrance of the WWE. This is the Undertaker, oh yeah, he’s the bad guy. Oh, I get it.. The comics are the same way. I really admire them.

QUESTION: Did you read any comics to learn about the character or anything?

JOHN CENA: No. Therein lies another conundrum. Do I dive super deep in the universe and get the universe’s perception of what I’m supposed to do, or [inaudible]. Because although I was a fan of wrestling, I was never like a super uber fan of wrestling. And a lot of my peers used to chastise me for that. But it was awesome because then when I was placed with people better than I was, I could learn from them instead of standing from a standpoint of like, but you don’t understand I know this all. I know this from Gorgeous George and Lou Albano. In the sense of comic books, with such a short time to prepare and a huge product in front of this one, and I had ended up talking to James about this. Hey, I trust you man, I get what you’re going for and I think I have a perception of what I’d like the character to be, please tell me if I’m wrong. And day one, he was like, you’re doing that wrong. Okay, what would like? I would like this. Okay, great. And now I’m afraid to go back and check it out because I think we’re going to have some similarities, but I also think we’ll have some differences. So I’m glad I’m not bound by any – you know. In that case I… damn, I should probably read more comics, but we’ll see, we’ll see.

QUESTION: What’s your character think of Weasel and King Shark?

JOHN CENA: When you start questioning, what does your character think, immediately I think about the guys of like, you can’t talk to anybody about anything. I’m going to let you rephrase that question in a different way. It’s much more of a deposition for me today.

QUESTION: What did you know and when did you know?

JOHN CENA:So, I guess I’ll best answer it like this. You have a group of should be superheroes, but you have to remember that all either have been wrongfully accused or done horrible, morally wrong things. So I think the one, they have to lack some sort of complete profile. Superman is just a good dude. You know, you can see the good in people, you can also see the evil in people, but you can see the good. All of these people have real bad personality problems. So I think when you get that type of group together, that’s what makes it fun. I don’t think anybody is, everybody is kind of different. But I think criminals see criminals, they just size everybody up. And I don’t think that it’s just segregated to my character. I think every one of the people you see behind me is like, how is this person going to stab me in the back? You know, that’s the world they come from.

QUESTION: What’s it like on the days when you have big ensemble scenes, like when you just as a cast being such so many talented people with big personalities themselves.

JOHN CENA: And those are fun. [crosstalk] It’s awesome. Everyone’s got a different style and everybody has a different approach. And then you’ve got a guy who really knows his shit looking at the TVs, and not only does he know his shit, it’s a crew around him of like super professionals. So even when you’re just sitting in the back, watching people perform, you learn every second. This is an amazing takeaway experience. Whether you are disliked on you or whether you’re like, Hey, watch these people do this thing. It’s really special.

QUESTION: That’s cool. Given the polarized receptions to the first Suicide Squad, do you have any reservations about coming on specifically?

JOHN CENA: That made me want to dive in the son of a bitch extra hard. There is no more satisfying situation than to change someone’s mind. And then you look at the people involved in trying to orchestrate that choice. Like I said, I’ve been on James every day. And I think he kind of likes having that chip on his shoulder. He probably won’t admit it, but I think he kind of likes it and he wants to be able to change perception to people who maybe weren’t so happy with the first they saw. It makes it fun. You know, it makes it, there’s a lot at stake because they set precedent a major title that did great money, but at the same time, polarizing. And I was a very polarizing figure in WWE, so I can say the word polarizing. I mean, some people like it, some people don’t. It’s a great challenge. There’s a great risk involved, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

QUESTION: It seems like he takes this extra strong as well. Like-

JOHN CENA: In the end, you got to see when you see the movie, so I’m not going to give it away. You’re going to love it. That’s the best I can tell you. You’re going to love it.

QUESTION: Fans have been expecting you to play a comic book superhero for years now.

JOHN CENA: When you say fans like, do I have fans still? [laughter’

QUESTION: I feel like you’ve been kind of fan cast into tons of roles when projects are announced. Have you come close to any of the other ones? Like, were you aware of any of this conversation?

JOHN CENA: I could also, once again, waste all the data you have in that with a list of my failures. I’ve been to the ledge many times and been turned away. This is the business of rejection. I think that it’s the greatest trade that I just won’t ever stop trying. So, been really close on some and it didn’t work out. Every single one I’ve been close on, it’s really satisfying to see that the movie was selling and ended up being awesome, like they didn’t need me. And I remember every single one of those auditions, telling every single person involved, you have a good movie with or without me. I’d love to be able to contribute, but I understand if I can’t. And every single one of them I did this. And I said the same thing to James. He was like no, you’re my guy. I’m like, I hope he’s not full of shit. [laughter] As it turned out, he wasn’t. I’ll even give a bonus round. Rapid fire stuff.

QUESTION: I have one. It’s more personal-

JOHN CENA: My apologies, but this is an adult room, I’m using adult language. You guys can understand. We’re all adults here. So, thank you. I would use much different language with the daughter. And I believe I did.

QUESTION: My Little Pony. “I just won’t ever stop trying.” What’s your personal motivation? Just something that you want us to know about you. I’ve found it as powerful, something great to share with kids. But in general, those words are powerful, “I just won’t ever stop trying.” What’s the motivation? What’s the back story?

JOHN CENA: I think, that’s a great question. I think it’s finding a purpose. Why are we here? You know, and, man, that’s a deep dive into me. Some people go in the ground never knowing. I love to entertain. I’m trying to work the room right now. I just love it. So any chance I could get to do work, it’s what, it’s why I tell everybody I’ll never leave the WWE because the draw, the attraction, the live entertainment, talking to the audience, captivating an audience, you know, like it’s just, it makes my heart race. So I found out at an early age, I remember the first time I saw a ring that I could step in to learn to fall down. I was dead broke, working a dead end job and I’m like, well, I’m going to keep working that dead end job so I can do this at flea markets on the weekends. It just drove me to do it without like… They’ll setbacks and all that, but just keep going. Especially if you love it. It doesn’t mean, in the same sense, following an unattainable goal. I always take a realistic look at myself. I’ll use the WWE as a certain situation. I’m 42. I can’t wrestle 250 nights a year. So I have to look within and be like, I love this. How do I still love it? Well there’s coaching, there’s commentating, there’s helping the front office. I could still be attached to it, just not in the same capacity. So that doesn’t mean I’ve give up, it just means I’m trying a new thing. Like this right now would be trying a new thing, because I love entertaining. So I just think it comes with knowing who you are, knowing what makes your heart beat. Anything else?

QUESTION: What would you say the goal is then? When will you be like, all right, I did it?

JOHN CENA:  Hell if I do that, I’m done. If I ever reach that goal, I mean, if I ever reach that concept of like, I feel like, I hate when people like, hey man, when do you think you’ve made it? I’m like shit. If I’m telling you when I made it, I’ve lost it. And that’s not in a situation of like, I got to be free and keep the wheels turning. We should always be in a state of growing and developing. And part of the growth, a large part of growth, is failure. So if I get to the point where I’m like, I did it, I don’t need to fail anymore. My life would be dull, you know? So, never. And I’ll constantly come up with challenges for myself. Hey, learn an instrument, learn a language, learn how to take good critiques on your past performances, and instead of shaking your fist going, what do they know, say, they know something, this is what their message is, and apply it to that. I don’t know. I guess it’s because I’ve always been in a polarizing atmosphere. Every time I’ve, once a day, every day, 5,000 people told me I suck. At least. At the very least. And they meant it. So I think that was a cool way to keep you grounded and focused and working hard. Wow. It’s got some really deep, great questions. All right, I’m out. [Applause] And, I didn’t give shit away. [laughter] I will talk to you all again as we get closer to the movie release, and then we’ll have some cool talks about the strange graphics you see behind you.

The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6th, 2021.


The Suicide Squad set visit: King Shark, Polka-Dot Man & more from the set!

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The Suicide Squad set visit: King Shark, Polka-Dot Man & more from the set!
July 6, 2021 by: Paul Shirey

Atlanta, Georgia. 2019. Before Covid and lockdowns and elections and everything that seemed to throw the world into chaos, there was a window of opportunity before it all went to hell. That opportunity was visiting the set of James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD. As is usually the case, WB scooped up the usual suspects from the usual sites ( included) and swept us through a day of concept art, interviews, set walk throughs, a scene being filmed and lots of visits to craft services. At this point, some two years later, much of what we saw is now somewhat ruined by multiple trailers, posters and still images that all but render the experience moot by the time it debuts. That said, there are some interesting bits to glean from the visit, depending on how deep you want to dive prior to seeing it, so consider this article your initial walkthrough to the others.

If you want to get the lowdown from the most knowledgeable people about the film, then look no further than the James Gunn chat and the very lengthy and very informative interview with Peter Safran. By and far one of the most in-depth interviews you’ll get on the film, let alone on any set visit.

We entered Pinewood Atlanta Studios on a sunny day and walked directly into the “war room” where all the concept art was housed. What struck me immediately is that it was plentiful and it was a first look at everyone for all of us at the time. King Shark, Harley Quinn, Peacemaker, Ratcatcher, etc. It’s always the most amazing part of a set visit, as it’s the most revealing overall. By now, you’ve seen just about all of it, so it’s not worth typing the words to explain it all, but I can say confidently that they seem to have translated those still art pieces into a fully-formed movie with a strict attention to detail.

We visited two three sets while there, one of them a literal warzone of blown up vehicles, debris, shell casings and a destroyed facade of the base Jotenheim, where we walked around and nodded our heads at the destruction. From there, we took a look at the Corto Maltese jungle set that was pretty convinzing with blood and viscera splattered all around. It was, of course, the best time for some group and individual photos, which you can enjoy below (yes, I wore a Spawn shirt to a DC set visit).

The last stop on our little trip was to a set replicating a building falling apart with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Bloodsport (Idris Elba) running through the debris to escape. While we didn’t get a chance to sit down and talk to either of them, Robbie did stop by the monitor station we were huddled over to say hello. Wearing her tattered red ball gown and carrying a spiked weapong of some sort and looking a little bloody and roughed up, we asked if we’d see her signature bat from the 2016 film. She replied, “My baseball bat is next to my bed back in LA. Anything you want to break soon, I’ll be ready. No, I’ve got other weapons in this one. Many, many weapons, mainly one actually.” And with that, she was off, back to set and reacting to James Gunn’s visionary orders.

At one point, they rewound the footage of the scene we were watching and we witnessed what looked like the death of a key character. I certainly won’t say who, but we all looked at one another as if it were something we probably shouldn’t have seen and the lovely reps did the best they could to convince us that we really couldn’t be sure of what we saw. Although, we saw the same character being escorted to (or from set) earlier and covered in blood, so my money is on their death. It was actually a pretty funny moment, as with most set visits they try to keep as many secrets as they reveal.

Although we didn’t get to sit down with James Gunn for a lengthy amount of time, he did stop by to give us some good soundbites of info and the aforementioned Peter Safran (along with production designer Beth Mickle) gave us the lion’s share of details about the production overall. We also had John Cena step in for a generous chat about his role as The Peacemaker (and joined by Daniela Melchior who plays Ratchatcher 2). In addition, we talked to David Dastmalchian, who plays Polka-Dot Man, and Steve Agee, who plays the stand-in for the all-CGI King Shark.

Dastmalchian is no stranger to comic book films, having played roles in both Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Marvel’s Ant-Man franchise and he’s excited to join James Gunn’s crazy vision. Having known him and been friends with him for years, the experience is one he eagerly looked forward to.

“It’s weird. It’s so surreal you guys. Like you can imagine somebody who’s been collecting comic books, and obsessed with, or fascinated, I shouldn’t say obsessed with. That’s a weird word. But fascinated by all of this, and really love it so much,” said Dastmalchian.

“Each time one of these big moments, or opportunities has happened in my life, I feel, you just want to savor every moment, and you want be as grateful as you possibly can, because every time something like this has happened, I’ve said “You can’t do more. Like it’s not going to, you can’t go any further in this world of things. So just enjoy it. Because this has been so incredible.” And now here we are. I’m back at Warner Brothers, back with DC. And I don’t know, it’s hard to put it … It’s just at the beginning of this journey. So it’s hard to even put into words how elated I feel when I walk onto set. When I get a text from James about something that we shot that day or when I sit down and I look at the script and I think about what I’m doing.”

For Steve Agee, he felt like he was part of The Suicide Squad family, even if he wasn’t playing a character in the same way as everyone else and would often come to set just to hang out with everyone and watch the film be made. But, don’t be fooled by Agee’s friendliness; King Shark is not to be messed with.

“I mean, you can see him right there [motioning to King Shark standee in the room]. Visually, he’s funny. And he’s just, he doesn’t really think things out. He’s kind of just acts on his animalistic, basic needs and wants and impulses,” says Agee. Dastmalchian elaborates: “It’s a juxtaposition too, because funny, yes. But also horrifying. Like he’s so dangerous. And like, you would want him on your team if you were going into a battle. So for my character, I actually don’t experience much of the … I mean, there are funny things that we’ve shot. There’s some great writing in here, that’s really funny. And then Steve, will-“

Agee interrupts to make it clear. “He looks really funny. But also if you really walked into a room at night, you would fully get diarrhea, if you saw that thing.”

And what about Polka-Dot Man? How does he measure up to The Suicide Squad and how do his powers play into the team dynamic? Dastmalchian has given it a lot of thought, saying, “They [Polka-Dot Man’s powers] could be looked at in two ways, either as an ability or as a disability, as something that can cause excruciating amounts of pain and embarrassment. So, building out and fleshing out a character who, like I said to you guys earlier, something that I immediately found is like a kindred connection with Abner was this sense of how that would weigh me down. How pain can because a person’s body to kind of come inwards, and how shame can because a person’s body to come downward. So it was inward and downward was kind of like finding all my physicality for Abner. And the voice grows out of that. So when I start thinking about how to build the character, to think about how his voice would work, and think about how all those mechanisms happened.”

“And then as you saw with the dots, and the way that when they can get out of hand, they can be literally like, almost look like sores on my body. It’s really intensely painful. So that absolutely helped shape how I was going to move and fight and sit, and do all the things that I’ll do in the film. And then again, how a disability or something that is considered that you’re embarrassed of, or that hurts you, finding a way that you can then suddenly do something with it that’s more than just suffer. Maybe it even could have a purpose. Then that changes the way you move, the way that you sit, the way you talk,” said Dastmalchian.

A common question that’s continued to come up for this iteration of the franchise is whether it’s a sequel or a reboot and how it ties into the rest of the DC Multiverse. Producer Peter Safran has said that it’s not a sequel, but that the characters that recur are the same characters, which has confused many, but deep down it’s all part of the same DC family, says Dastmalchian. “…There are threads that connect in some way or which, I don’t know how, to a bigger universe that is established with, or that’s been built, that [Gunn] understands that too, as a comic book collector himself, that even if you’re reading a variant on something, that’s totally a Squirrel Girl, that might be participating in the same universe as other characters, there is some fluidity somehow in the subtext. But he is making something that is this. And it’s a grand epic piece of cinema, that’s just this experience.”

Dastmalchian goes on to explain the emotional nature of getting attached to certain characters and how that plays out in Gunn’s world, saying, “It’s fun for people. And as for me as a fan and an audience member to get attached, to and excited to going to watch or experience things, knowing that they’re part of something, just like the comic books I collect, that I know I’m going to be getting them every month. Then it’s fun sometimes to go to something and go, ‘Golly, they could all just blow up at the end of this.’ The stakes are very high in this film in particular. And when I read it, that was something that … Many things about this script caught me emotionally unexpectedly. Yeah. That’s certainly one.”

The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on August 6th, 2021.


James Gunn to redeem Polka-Dot Man’s reputation as dumbest DC character ever

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James Gunn to redeem Polka-Dot Man’s reputation as dumbest DC character ever
July 2, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD features an ensemble of characters pulled from the pages of DC comics, most of whom casual fans have probably never heard of, but with all the strange supervillains on display, perhaps the goofiest is Polka-Dot Man. First appearing in Detective Comics #300 in 1962, Polka-Dot Man, aka Abner Krill, was a supervillain who could turn the polka-dots covering his costume into a variety of weapons and devices. Yep, that’s just as silly as it sounds, but James Gunn is hoping to redeem the character’s goofy history.

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While speaking with Total Film, James Gunn revealed that he added Polka-Dot Man to the film after searching for the dumbest DC character of all time.

Polka-Dot Man is great, but I did think I needed a character who’s thought of as one of the dumbest ever. So I went and looked online, ‘Who’s the dumbest DC character of all time?’ and it was Polka-Dot Man. We’ve turned that character who’s a sad, pathetic character into a character who’s depressed because people think he’s stupid. He has a very tragic story that you learn about throughout the film – to be able to add depth to characters who are thought of as the silliest is a fun thing for me to do.

Polka-Dot Man is played by David Dastmalchian in The Suicide Squad, and the actor was keen to dive into the life of someone who has lived through a lot of shit. “I can tell you that my character Abner is someone who has lived a lifetime with a lot of pain, a lot of shame, a lot of solitude because of a condition that he has,” Dastmalchian said. “That condition was something that he decided at a certain point in time would be best suited to hurt other people or at least perform acts of crime, so that he could get some vengeance against a cruel and unfair world. Things haven’t gone great in Abner’s life basically since day one, so as we find him entering this story, he’s somebody that has never been a part of anything, so even in a bunch of really broken misfits and criminals, he’s maybe found one of the first moments in his life where he’s a part of something.” There’s much to look forward to with The Suicide Squad, and Polka-Dot Man is certainly a big part of the allure for me.

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The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021, with the Peacemaker TV seres debuting on HBO Max in January 2022.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon: Universal turned down James Gunn’s reboot

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Creature from the Black Lagoon: Universal turned down James Gunn’s reboot
June 25, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

James Gunn is very interested in remaking Creature from the Black Lagoon but he's revealing that Universal Pictures turned his reboot pitch of the classic movie monster.

Gunn took to his Instagram story where he posted that he was on his way home from set and was willing to answer any and all fan questions. The director was asked which Universal monster movie he would remake, and he responded with Creature from the Black Lagoon. That is when he revealed he pitched the idea for a reboot after working on the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. You can check out a screengrab of his response below!

Unfortunately, Gunn didn't go into detail about what his pitch actually was for the reboot or why they turned it down. Universal Pictures originally tried to create the Dark Universe, which would have been composed of modern updates of their classic monster films. After Tom Cruise's The Mummy underperformed at the box office and wasn't met with raves from critics back in 2017, the Dark Universe was seemingly canceled

Then, in 2020, Leigh Whannell's Invisible Man was both a critical and box office hit when it was released last year right before the global pandemic hit and it reignited interest in adapting the movie monsters once again. Universal is now moving forward with several modern adaptations of the classic movie monsters, most notably Chloe Zhao's Dracula.

I have to wonder if Universal would accept his pitch for a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake now. The director is in a much better position now having directed the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and stepping into the world of DC Comics by helming The Suicide Squad. I have a feeling that someone at Universal would definitely give his pitch another shot today.

The original Creature from the Black Lagoon, released in 1954, is a classic of the movie monster sub-genre. The film follows an odd creature that conceals itself within the Amazonian jungle. His concealment is threatened when a group of people heads into its territory to contain the creature for research purposes. The film went on to spawn two sequels, Revenge of the Creature in 1955 and The Creature Walks Among Us in 1956.

Would YOU be interested in a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake from James Gunn?


The Suicide Squad: New trailer brings all the over-the-top action

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The Suicide Squad: New trailer brings all the over-the-top action
June 22, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Update: A new and outrageous trailer for James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD is finally fit for mass consumption and distribution.

As you can see, The Suicide Squad looks like the antihero thrill ride fans of Task Force X deserve. The new footage brings new jokes, bizarre battles, potty humor, and is that a malnourished werewolf? Oh, that’s just Weasel, who I’ll remind you has killed 27 children, so far. Will he strike again? Probably, if he lives through this movie. That said, my Magic 8 Ball says, “Outlook not so good.”

Original Article:

The second trailer for The Suicide Squad has arrived but it’s essentially a game of roulette trying to catch a glimpse of it because Warner Bros. has opted to debut the new look in a very interesting fashion.

Warner Bros. launched the trailer by debuting the spot via YouTube preroll ads. So, if you normally get trigger happy when it comes to “Skip Ads”, you might miss it but if you’re willing to sit through some advertisements to see what James Gunn and his team are offering up, it will be worth the wait. 

Having seen the trailer myself, I can say that Idris Elba takes center stage as Robert Dubois/Bloodsport. Although writer and director James Gunn’s offbeat humor is on display in the trailer, the tone is slightly more serious when compared to the film’s first preview. We get a better idea as to how Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller convinces Robert Dubois (Elba) to join this ragtag group of would-be heroes and it looks like how has something to do with her using the emotional connection between him and his daughter Tyla, played by Storm Reid. We also learn that he successfully shot Superman with a Kryptonite bullet, leading to his incarceration. From there we get more about what Amanda Waller needs the Squad to do and it involves following the members of Task Force X after they’re sent to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison, and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experiments.

In the trailer, we also get to see Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, John Cena as Peacemaker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Michael Rooker as Savant, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel, Flula Borg as Javelin, Juan Diego Botto as Silvio Luna, and Mayling Ng as Mongal. Steve Agee is also pulling double duty doing the motion capture for King Shark and starring as John Economos, while Sylvester Stallone provides the vocal talent for King Shark.

What I can appreciate about both trailers for the film is that they both set up how tonally different James Gunn’s take is going to be than what David Ayer tried to do with 2016’s Suicide Squad. The director has said he received zero interference from Warner Bros., which wasn’t the case with Ayer, and it shows even in the film’s trailers. This is very much a James Gunn movie and it looks like the movie, which is not being described as a sequel or reboot, will benefit greatly from Gunn’s creativity.

 The Suicide Squad hits screens and HBO Max on August 6, 2021. You can check out some new images from the film below!

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The Suicide Squad: John Cena says nobody is ready to see the James Gunn film

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The Suicide Squad: John Cena says nobody is ready to see the James Gunn film
June 18, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

With its mix of returning cast members and new additions to the team, James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD appears to serve as both a sequel and a soft reboot of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, but John Cena has a different perspective. While speaking with Observer, Cena was asked how he would classify the film, and after giving his answer, the actor went on to claim that no matter what your expectations of the movie are… you’re just not ready for what it has in store.

Perception is everything, and I won’t change your perception. But I’ll offer my own. The Suicide Squad is neither a sequel nor reboot. The Suicide Squad is the Suicide Squad from the brain of one of the most amazingly twisted creative minds in James Gunn that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. James is so gifted in so many ways. The good thing about what’s going on with The Suicide Squad is exactly what you’re saying. People are kind of expecting to be something. But nobody’s ready to see this movie. Everyone needs it in their life, trust me. But nobody’s ready to see what it is. Nobody.

I could certainly use some unpredictable craziness right about now… of the positive variety. In addition to playing Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad, John Cena is also reprising the role for an HBO Max TV series set to debut next year. “We’re almost through filming [the Peacemaker series], we almost have everything in the can,” Cena said. “It’s really fun. You may think I’m front and center, but we have an all-star cast and everyone slays. I think it’s going to go do good for how people view elements of the DC Universe. Whether it continues to weave the web and further the DC Universe, that’s up to you guys. But I think it’ll be an awesome, awesome journey.”

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The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad is slated to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021. The Peacemaker TV seres will debut on HBO Max in January 2022.


The Suicide Squad described as war-caper movie with sh-tty supervillains

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The Suicide Squad described as war-caper movie with sh-tty supervillains
June 16, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Some movies can be hard to describe, but James Gunn certainly doesn’t have that problem with THE SUICIDE SQUAD. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Gunn aptly summed up the sequel as a “war-caper movie with s—ty supervillains.” Sounds about right.

The Suicide Squad will find the disposable villains sent on a mission to Corto Maltese by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), with producer Peter Safran saying that the fictional Latin American country has “alien materials they’re trying to weaponize to use against the United States and the rest of the world. The Suicide Squad are told to go [there] and destroy Jotunheim, which is this giant fortress.” Giant seems to be a good description, as Margot Robbie added that the sets for the film were enormous. “The first set we shot on was this beach,” Robbie said. “It was so amazing. Palm trees. An ocean with a wave machine in it. Pyrotechnics. Special effects. Explosions everywhere. It was like being in a proper, crazy war movie.” James Gunn also recently confirmed on Twitter that The Suicide Squad will run two hours and twelve minutes, which puts it just a couple of minutes shorter than its predecessor.

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The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad is slated to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021. In addition to the film, there’s also a spin-off TV series focusing on John Cena’s Peacemaker character that will debut on HBO Max in January 2022.

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The Suicide Squad: Joel Kinnaman calls it James Gunn’s best movie by far

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The Suicide Squad: Joel Kinnaman calls it James Gunn’s best movie by far
June 2, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

I’m quite pumped to see what James Gunn has up his sleeves with THE SUICIDE SQUAD, but Joel Kinnaman has already seen the film, and although he’s certainly biased — something he freely admits — he told Variety that it stacks up above everything else Gunn has done. “We saw it a couple days ago,” Kinnaman said. “It’s insane. It’s by far James Gunn’s best movie.” That’s good enough for me. Oh, you want more? Here goes.

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Joel Kinnaman went on to explain that The Suicide Squad “just takes it to another level,” adding that “it was very much the movie that I thought it was going to be because the vision was so clear from the beginning. While we were shooting it, it was so clear what we were doing. It’s so entertaining. I’m of course hopelessly biased, but I found it to be one of the most entertaining films I’ve ever seen.” Kinnaman continued:

From A to Z, it’s so well paced, it has such a drive and such comedic timing. It’s funny along the way the whole time, effortlessly. But then I think what really surprised me was I was struck by was how well it flowed, but also how he was able to create these little bubbles, these little moments of emotional depth and visual and emotional poetry. And I felt like it really transcended the genre, and it became something bigger. And then it’s also very silly, and ridiculous in many ways and super violent. Just gory almost at times. And it has shocking moments, but they are very comedic. At the end of the movie, it’s completely normal seeing this giant shark just standing gnawing on a person’s head, and some of the people just having a conversation next to it… When you’re one hour and 50 minutes into ‘Suicide Squad,’ that’s going to feel completely normal. It’s so irreverent.

Alongside Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman is one of very few actors from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad to return for the sequel, but unlike the new film, Kinnaman feels that Suicide Squad didn’t wind up being the movie they were hoping it would be. “I thought the first 40 minutes of the film was f**king great, and then there were conflicting visions and it just didn’t end up being what we all hoped it was,” Kinnaman said. “It didn’t feel like the movie that we hoped we were going to make, and this is something very different. …It’s just a different universe. It’s a James Gunn universe. It’s a very hilarious and depraved place.”

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The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad is slated to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021. In addition to the film, there’s also a spin-off TV series focusing on John Cena’s Peacemaker character that will debut on HBO Max in January 2022.


Netflix’s Army of the Dead set visit: Dave Bautista speaks!

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Netflix’s Army of the Dead set visit: Dave Bautista speaks!
April 20, 2021 by: Paul Shirey

While the biggest draw to ARMY OF THE DEAD may be its director, Zack Snyder, the international cast is also something that will no doubt appeal to a diverse amount of viewers, including such names as Hiroyuki Sanada, Ana de la Reguera, Samantha Win, Ella Purnell, Garret Dillahunt, Theo Rossi, Nora Arnezeder, Omari Hardwick, Matthias Schweighofer, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro and, of course, Dave Bautista, who leads this pack of “Los Vengeance” into the zombie fray. Bautista has certainly achieved household recognition, be it as a professional wrestler or the lurking goofball that is Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, but his ambitions seem to go much deeper than just being the big badass that he is.

While on the set of Army of the Dead, Bautista seemed relaxed, yet still eminating an air of intensity. Soft spoken, but with a deep voice that sometimes feels like a whisper, Bautista, decked out and kitted up for action (shooting the wire-work scenes that day as he jumps from table to table firing at zombie attackers), the actor talked in-depth about his career, his ambitions to direct (and steal some tips for Snyder himself), the material he most wants to do (indie films and a TV series), his representation of the Filipino community (he’s half Filipino on his father’s side), why it’s hard to find dramatic work (take a guess), why he would’ve turned down the role had Snyder not been directing (understandable), the rehiring of James Gunn for Guardians 3 and, finally, how he felt about Drax not getting to kill Thanos (I mean, he DID kill Drax’s family).

It’s an interesting peek behind Bautista’s hardened shell and he comes off genuine, hungry and maybe even a little misunderstood in terms of how he’s being best utilized. One thing is for sure, though, and that’s that Bautista is excited to be where he is and working with a director that could potentially make him shine in a way he hasn’t before.

Q: Well, what’s the experience been like doing that as Zack Snyder zombie film.

Dave Bautista: It’s been, let’s just shorten that and say Zack Snyder film, because that was why I signed on, was to work with Zack. Because originally Zack and I had been working on another project we were trying to get done for like the last three years, which for one reason or another never materialized. And so Zack called me up one day and he said-cause I knew this film was happening. And I talked to him, we’re both at GA. So I’d been thrown my way a few times and I-sounded cool, but this wasn’t what I thought I was going to be working with Zack on. Anyway, he called me and said he had written another part that he wanted me to do, actually it was the Vanderohe part. And he said, when he came down to casting, I’m trying to think of who Scott was. And he said Dave’s not Van, Dave’s Scott. So he called me up. I guess he had talked to them, Netflix already made sure that he approved and then call me up and offered me the part. And I took it, but that was why, because I wanted to work with Zack. I wanted to work with him for years and it’s really just so I can, um, so I can steal all his shit. I want to steal his stuff. I want to watch him work, cause he’s great. Like visually he’s, he’s a visual master and I wanted to, uh, get in and learn from him and steal his stuff. So I could go on and direct my films and take credit for his work. I’ll steal all his stuff and my films will look like his films.

Q: What were some of the things that you ended up learning then from him that you’ll take with you?

Dave Bautista: Just kind of camera tricks. And I also liked that he’s very much-Um, and I only know this because watching this documentary about Spielberg was one of those guys who visually was looking around and see something and runs and grabs the camera. He goes, let’s shoot it. Let’s shoot. And Zack is very much that way. Cause we’re shooting all this with, you know, a lot of natural light, mostly natural lighting. So they’ve only stuck like a little, a couple of light tubes in here and there, like very sparingly, but most of it’s all natural light. And so a lot of times he’s just catching things on the fly, which is it’s weird. It’s because it’s one of those things where our schedule is constantly changing because of that. But as well, you want to be flexible because you want to be a part of that at the same time. Sometimes it can get a little frustrating for schedules. It’s nice knowing what you’re doing when you’re doing it. You kind of prepare a little better. So it’s one of those things where we’re just on a lot of things on the fly. And sometimes, especially when we’re in the desert, the weather was changing, lights were changing or go on to something else or come back to the next day. It gets a little frustrating sometimes. And also the way a lot of his focus tricks are really, really unusual. Really unusual, but lead for a really interesting, interesting look on the characters, but also a really interesting look on the background. So, a lot of times because of the way he’s shooting, the background will almost become one of the characters. I mean, feels like it’s another person that it feels like it’s alive. So, I learned a little tricks here and there. It’s an interesting-it’s an artistic way to look at a zombie film. It’s different.

Q: Is that stuff that he keeps everyone clued in on or are you specifically looking over his shoulder?

Dave Bautista: No I don’t. I think he’s very open about it if you talk to him about it. But um, I think sometimes he’s just making it up as he goes to. It’s an artistic thing I think. And that’s, what’s good about it. I like that he’s picking up the camera and being an artist. Sometimes I think he even loses sight of the performance because he’s so concerned visually the way he’s creating things visually. Um, so it’s, it’s really, it’s an interesting process because we feel the actors that we’ve really kind of relied on each other every once in a while, as far as cause I think, Zack sometimes gets so focused on what he’s shooting and we’re, you know, as performers we’re concerned about our performances. We’re not, we don’t, we’re not looking through the camera. We’re not seeing the big picture. We’re just seeing our performances. Sometimes, I think Zack is so focused on everything else, every once in a while we’ve relied on each other for our performance. Does that make sense?

Q: With Scott [Ward], as a father, which is, I guess a little unusual, for a big crazy Zombie film. How is that being-?

DB: It’s weird. There’s so many different things in this film. There’s so many layers to this film. There’s a lot of relationship. There’s a lot of heartbreak in the storm, but there’s also-this. film is a lot more political than people realize. I think that’s being laid out right now politically. It’s very political. And it makes sense, it’s an element-but I think most people would just see as a zombie heist film, that’s what it is, but some people will pick it apart and. see the political.

Q: From your perspective, has there been more freedom to explore that angle with this being a Netfix movie as opposed to a big studio project?

Dave Bautista: Um, no. It feels like a big studio project to me. There’s, I think there’s been a lot of flexibility as far as performance, but I think, um, you know, I’ve sat down with Zack a few times where I kind of disagreed with what was in the script. and he’s explained to me why he felt strongly that it should be certain ways and at the end of the day he’s the director and I have to agree with him. But there’s been a few things where I thought, to me, they could’ve gone different routes. But, I think he’s got a vision in his head, he’s got a message in his head and at the end of the day he’s the boss.

Q: I remember there’s a long time ago when I was watching you on TV. And Eddie Guerrero called you “Bautista”. And that meant a lot to me. I think it meant a lot to Filipinos across the country. Now you’re Dave Bautista all the time and starring in the biggest movies on the planet. What does that mean to you to kind of be our guy on this side?

Dave Bautista: It’s weird. It’s so funny that you said that because I’m getting ready- my agent’s probably gonna have a cow- but I’m getting ready to get the stars front and center really big on my chest. [laughter]. That just speaks to where my pride is as far as being a Filipino and I’m, you know, I’m half Filipino, but I have basically, I grew up with my father’s side of the family. That’s what I know. And also I’ve never been embraced like I was when I went to the Philippines. So Filipinos embraced me and It means a lot to me, cause I want to be embraced, I want to represent something, I want to inspire people. So, it means a lot to me.

Q: Have you been lucky to work with some great directors filmmakers? Is that what’s driving your decisions most of the time?

Dave Bautista: Um, I don’t know if it’s driving my decisions, but I think it’s definitely, it’s. definitely my ambition-by choice. Zoe Saldana, um, early in my career said that that would be, that I should be careful directors that I work with. Be very picky and choosy about the directors. And that’s always in the back of my head. It’s always top of my list, I have kind of a list of directors that I want to work with and some that aren’t on my list, they come my way. First thing I do is I want to. be-I want to know what they’ve done, see what they’ve done, I’ll go back and I’ll watch it and see how they direct performances, how the performances are Performances are a huge deal to me. And also, you know, if they’re good storytellers, that means everything to me cause I think sometimes, if you have a film, performances could be great, I mean, there’s a lot of films, a lot of big superhero films where performances are great, but somewhere along the line, they lost track of the story and just made the movie shit. So I always keep that in the back of my mind. But definitely, yeah, directors are, I want to work with the best directors in the world, cause I want to be a director so I want to learn as a student of this.

Q: We were talking about Zack sort of giving feedback as you go and kind of letting performances go versus I know you worked with James Gunn who is also very interactive with you guys on set, how did the two of them compare as directors on set?

Dave Bautista: I think James would be much more, I feel like he’s much more involved with performance. I think. um, I have a lot more flexibility with Zack. Um, James is a control freak. Have you guys all met with him? He’s very much a control freak, um, Zack seems to-which I don’t mind, because he’s a great director. Like he’s a brilliant director and he’s a brilliant storyteller. So I’m okay to give myself to guys like that and I trust them. Zack just seems to be willing to give you much more freedom and flexibility. And you know, when he’s happy with something, because he’ll say cut a certain way, um, you can see him, he doesn’t, um, he doesn’t give you a whole lot of emotion, but he’ll look at you and he’ll like, shake his head and you can tell when he’s really happy with something. And every once in a while, I’ll feel like self-conscious or insecure. about my performance and I’ll go and I’ll ask him, ‘what do you think? do we need adjustments or anything?’ And he’s like, “No, it’s perfect.”.

So it’s like sometimes if you, like, with opposite guys like James Gunn, like I was giving this performance once and he was really upset, not because of the way I was performing. He was upset because where my eyes were looking. So he told me to pick a spot. I swear to God, pick a spot, focus on it and don’t move my eyes. And also like directors, like Denis [Villeneueve] very much, he has a vision and he doesn’t want you to sway from that vision. Um, which is really helpful for me, cause he’s brought out some really, I think, really strong performances in me that I didn’t think that I was capable of because he was directing me to go a certain way. Just, my small role in Blade Runner [2049] guys showed up to do that role a certain way. When I got there, I realized that it was all wrong. Cause he had me do everything differently, down to the way I walked. And then I got so much love for that small role and I have to give credit to him cause of the way he directed me to perform. With all these guys they’re just really great at one thing-well, not one thing, because really, I think passionate about like certain things, we just kind of draw from them and learn from. them.

Q: As far as the next few years, what are you looking to do?

Dave Bautista: Television. Yeah. I want to do a television series. I’m dying to check that box. I really want to do-there’s something, a project I was pursuing for a long time and we just had this struggle to get it done. So, I’m looking at other projects right now. I do want to do a television project and then I have, uh, I think I have my bigger projects lined up, but I have my bigger projects lined up, but I wanted to just fill in those smaller things. I also still want to step back and do more independent stuff, which is also a struggle for me because I look like an action hero. A lot of times the deep, dramatic indie films don’t want to cast me. And I get it, my look is distracting, but at the same time those are the performances that I prefer. So, hopefully more indies; dramatic indies. And then a Television series.

Q: Why TV?

Dave Bautista: Well, there’s a few different reasons. I think TV is really a great way to learn because of the pace that they work at. I also think that I’ve always had this way that I thought to build myself as, as an actor goes for my career. And I think TV, when you’re face is up there every week, every week just builds your career. It makes you a valuable name. But I also want the challenge of just moving like that, just moving like that constantly, what you give them. Cause you got like a few chances to get these takes in and what you give them is what you’re stuck with. That’s your performance. And that was kind of something-that was the reason I took, um, I did a film called Pusher. It was a small film, but there were long, long takes. And it was really a challenge for me at the time, because the performance I gave on that take was the performance I was stuck with. And, I wanted that challenge, because I want to be a better actor. So, that’s it, I want the challenge and I also want to get my face out there and build my career.

Q: Got to find a showrunner you can trust.

Dave Bautista: Absolutely. We’re talking about one now. One that I’m very interested in. But, I want to make sure it makes sense, because it’s a 6-month commitment and I’ll be 51 when I do it, so I’m not getting any younger. So, giving up six months, it’s gotta make sense- Q: You look 30 DB: Thank you. [laughter] I have so much make-up on!

Q: Is there a specific genre you’d want to do for directing?

Dave Bautista: I just always lean toward drama. I just like drama. I have a couple of ideas of my own that I’d like to get done, but again that all goes back to being valuable. If you’re a valuable name you can get-people listen. If you walk into a room, people listen. So, I’m trying to build myself as an actor so people pay attention. Studios will listen. Producers will listen. If you can make them money, they’ll be willing to listen.

Q: If you do directing would you also do writing?

Dave Bautista: I would definitely collaborate. I’m not that person. I can give you an outline of a story, but to sit down and write out a whole conversation would take a long time. It would take forever and I’d overanalyze everything and it’d never be right. So, yeah, I’d rather give someone a storyline and say this is the first act, second act, third act, I know what I want this to be, I know what the end of this is, now let’s write this. I’d rather sit down with a qualified writer, somebody who’s educated in doing this, somebody who’s already proven, that would be my preference.

Q: You mentioned that you look like an action hero, which you do, so for a movie like this, is this like you just show up, put on the gear and you’re good to go or do you actually have to go through some training-?

Dave Bautista: No, I just show up without the gear and I was good to go.

Q: I mean, you look action-ready, so that’s what I mean-

Dave Bautista: And that’s what I mean. If Zack wasn’t directing this film, to be honest with you, I probably wouldn’t have taken it. I probably would’ve passed. I’ve passed on a hundred movies along this vein. I probably would’ve said ‘nah, it’s another action guy’, I could care less. But, because Zack is directing, I said ‘hell yes, sign me up.’ But yeah, I showed up and I was ready. [laughter]

Q: You kind of showed up to this industry very used to telling a story with your body. Has that been an asset to you?

Dave Bautista: No, because I’ve tried to go the other route. Like, The Rock is a perfect example of someone who uses that strength, so I wanted to go against that grain and make everything much smaller, very subtle. I make a living off of subtlety. I want that to be my strength. I want that to be what separates us. I don’t want to be that guy who walks in that room, I never wanted to be that guy.

Q: Specifically, you and The Rock?

Dave Bautista: No, I don’t mean that as a dig on him, but you know how he is as a character. He feels very professional wrestling to me. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to be an actor. I want to act, I want people to judge me for my acting, my subtlety. I want to take roles that require that. I don’t want to be a big action guy who just says cool shit and kills a lot of people and gets the girl. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to guy that makes people cry, who makes people think, who inspires people. I want to be a dramatic actor. I just love it. I love acting.

Q: Theo [Rossi] was raving about your performance and said it was very unexpected, did you guys get to flex that?

Dave Bautista: I think so. There’s some pretty emotional beats that I’ve gotten to flex a little bit. And then there’s some cool action shit, too, where I just kill zombies. Which is also cool for me to, again, it goes back to me being the guy they expect me to be, but also being the guy they’ve never really seen me be. I haven’t done a whole lot of action stuff if you think about it. Even with my Marvel stuff, I’m not really known for my action in Marvel, I’m known for saying dumb shit [laughter]. So yeah, I think it’s kinda cool.

Q: In the concept art, we see you in your military gear, but also in a white cap and apron. Can you talk about that?

Dave Bautista: Well, so my dream-I’ve lost my American Dream. I had a food truck. And that was my dream. I just wanted to be my own boss and have a family. And when the zombie breakout happened it just all went to hell. So, after we contained the zombie breakout, I lost everything, including my family. And, I was working as a short-order cook in a crappy little purgatory.

Q: So, that taco truck was your taco truck?

Dave Bautista: It’s my taco truck. It once was. That was my American Dream. My dream now is, like, to have another truck, another restaurant, just go back to the way life was.

Q: You mentioned wanting to be a director and you were very vocal when James Gunn was taken off Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3. Now that he’s back, what’s your reaction to that?

Dave Bautista: Obviously, I’m happy. Ecstatic. But, also I think it’s a big statement for Disney to go back on a decision like that. Like, I think that’s a huge statement, a very political statement. It’s not something they needed to do, not at that point, but they basically stepped back and did the right thing and I think that’s a huge statement. So, not to sound condescending, but I’m very proud of Disney. I’m sure that wasn’t easy for them, because they’re basically admitting to the world they made a mistake, they’re wrong. But, also, what that statement says goes a long way. So, hopefully that’ll stop-I don’t know if it’ll stop, but maybe it’ll deter people from making rash decisions like that from the past and people will see political attacks like that for what they are, cause that’s all it was really. It was a political attack and it was a rash decision, it was a bad decision. It empowered really horrible people. So, I think for them to go back when they didn’t have to at that point was a huge step. I’m very proud of them.

Q: Also, to scratch that TV itch, in the Marvel world they’re doing a lot of Disney+ streaming-

Dave Bautista: Yeah, I was shocked. I got on my Twitter for a second and started to bash them for not making-like, not one Guardians [of the Galaxy] character got a TV show. Like, how does that happen? There’s so many interesting characters in that world. I just don’t get it. But, then I thought, I don’t know what they have in mind and I don’t know what they have planned, I get that they take all their marquee characters and they gave them shows, so I don’t want to take away from that just ‘cause I’m bitter that nobody from our series-honestly, if they offered me a series, I wouldn’t do it. Not a chance in hell would I do a TV series playing Drax. That is a make-up nightmare. I would be miserable. Yeah, that make-up isn’t fun. It’s awful, so I’m not gonna sign up to do a series where I’m in that make-up every day.

Q: Were you disappointed that Drax didn’t get to take his vengeance on Thanos personally [in Avengers: Endgame]

Dave Bautista: Yeah, I think everybody was. I said in interviews somewhere where that I wish Drax would’ve killed Thanos and I got all these people saying, ‘That doesn’t even make sense! How could you say that? Drax doesn’t deserve to get to kill Thanos!’ And I said it because there’s not a character in the Marvel Universe that doesn’t want to kill Thanos. Of course Drax wanted to kill Thanos. Everybody wanted to kill Thanos. So yeah, a little disappointed, cause I kinda take that whole storyline very personal. But, I think every character wanted to get their hands on Thanos. I have to say on the record that I love Josh Brolin [Thanos] to death. He’s actually one of my favorite people and by far one of my favorite actors. I love him. He’s such a brilliant actor. He’s overlooked way too much.

Army of the Dead blasts onto Netflix on May 21st, 2021.


Suicide Squad: Joel Kinnaman says Ayer cut would be much more interesting

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Suicide Squad: Joel Kinnaman says Ayer cut would be much more interesting
January 21, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Following a lengthy campaign by fans, Zack Snyder will soon be bringing us his vision of Justice League, but that film isn’t the only one that DC fans have wanted to see the director’s cut of. David Ayer’s SUICIDE SQUAD left plenty of footage on the cutting room floor, and unlike the Snyder Cut, Ayer had previously said that his version of the film “would be easy to complete,” and would also be “incredibly cathartic for me. It’s exhausting getting your ass kicked for a film that got the Edward Scissorhands treatment. The film I made has never been seen.”

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In addition to David Ayer, several members of the Suicide Squad themselves have chimed in with their desire to see the director’s cut of the film as well, the latest of whom is Joel Kinnaman. The actor played Rick Flagg in the film, a role which he reprised for James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad, and recently spoke with The Playlist where he was asked about the Ayer cut of Suicide Squad.

You always wanna see the filmmaker’s cut, you know? It’s always a shame when the filmmaker’s vision doesn’t make it to the cinema. Of course, there’s always going to be compromise. I find it’s the bigger the budget, the bigger the compromise. Usually that’s the case. I’m sure [Ayer’s cut] would be much more interesting. David’s take on the Joker was really interesting and that didn’t really come out in the movie that we saw.

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While it remains to be seen if the Ayer cut of Suicide Squad will see the light of day, many members of the team have returned for the upcoming sequel, and thankfully, it doesn’t seem as though the James Gunn film will have to make any compromises on its way to the big-screen. “I don’t think [Gunn] had to compromise one iota of his vision,” Kinnaman said. “He really got to do exactly what he wanted. And it’s definitely going to be the biggest budget R-rated movie that’s ever been made. And it’s heavily R-rated and super silly. It’s really like childish, childish humor and it also finds these profound moments where you get really emotionally moved. And then it’s super violent and then it’s really silly again…Every character is just so ridiculous.” The Suicide Squad will hit theaters and stream on HBO Max on August 6, 2021.

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The Suicide Squad: James Gunn says the film is nearly 100% finished

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The Suicide Squad: James Gunn says the film is nearly 100% finished
January 18, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

If there’s anyone who knows how eager we all are for more information about THE SUICIDE SQUAD it’s the film’s director, James Gunn. While fielding questions from fans on Monday, Gunn tweeted that he’s a “hair’s breadth” from being completely finished with the movie. You know what that means, don’t you? It means that soon it will be time for more official images, teasers, and eventually, a full-on trailer that’s bound to get people pumped for what lies ahead.

I am a hair’s-breadth from being completely finished. #theSuicideSquad

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 18, 2021

Shortly after announcing that the film is nearing its completion, Gunn urged fans to remain patient while he and his team prep some cool stuff to share sooner rather than later.

I know, I know. You want the trailer. Or the teaser. Or more news. Or who the baddie is (they ALL are the baddies but also…) Anyway this will all be with you in due time, I’m working on cool stuff for you, but please be patient! ????

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 18, 2021

Comic book movie fans are like Veruca Salt, James. They want it all! It matters not how hard or fast you work to give the people what they want, they will always want more. It’s the nature of the beast and whatnot. That said, it’s comforting to know that Gunn is in the midst of working on several comics-related projects including a Suicide Squad spin-off revolving around John Cena’s Peacemaker for HBO Max as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Marvel Studios. Before long it’s going to be all Gunn all the time, baby, and you can bet that fans are going to eat whatever the filmmaker dishes out with a fork and knife.

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Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars a murderers’ row of talent with Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba, and Michael Rooker all locked and loaded for the soft reboot of Task Force X in the DCEU.

When the film arrives, it will task DC’s worst of the worst with estroying a Nazi-era prison and laboratory named Jotunheim, where political prisoners were held and experimentations took place. That sure as hell sounds like fun to me, and it’s all set to begin in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021.


The Suicide Squad: Empire showcases the new characters in all their glory

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The Suicide Squad: Empire showcases the new characters in all their glory
October 23, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

Ever since a stylish behind-the-scenes featurette for James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD debuted at DC Fandome earlier this year, fans have been eager to catch another glimpse of the upcoming superhero film’s eclectic cast. Thankfully, Empire has arrived on the scene with a brand-new cover for its December 2020 issue, featuring many of the movie’s wacky players and fresh faces.

As you can see from the images posted below, both contain members of the squad, as well as the film’s director, James Gunn, getting cozy with several characters who probably won’t live through the experience of his upcoming adventure. On sale Thursday, October 29, the new issue promises to feature brand-new images from the film, as well as behind-the-scenes pics, and a world-first interview with Gunn himself –  talking about the winding road that brought him to DC, how The Suicide Squad helped him rediscover the filmmaker he wanted to be, reconnecting with Marvel, and why his new film will be unlike anything audiences have ever seen before. (via Empire)

RELATED: Amazon Studios to produce Head of State starring Idris Elba and John Cena

You can check out the newsstand cover below:

And here’s the exclusive subscriber cover, which features James Gunn arm-in-arm with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn:

Directed and written by James Gunn, THE SUICIDE SQUAD stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Idris Elba as Bloodsport, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Alice Braga as SolSoria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Michael Rooker as Savant, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., John Cena as Peacemaker, Mayling Ng as Mongal, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Storm Reid as Tyla, Flula Borg as Javelin, Steve Agee as King Shark, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher II, Marisol Correa as Soldado, and Taika Waititi in a role that has yet to be revealed.

James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD will blast into theaters on August 6, 2021.

Be sure to pick up your copy of Empire’s December issue as early as Thursday, October 29


Amazon Studios to produce Head of State starring Idris Elba and John Cena

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Amazon Studios to produce Head of State starring Idris Elba and John Cena
October 2, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

Amazon Studios has scooped up the rights for Head of State, an upcoming action film project that pairs Idris Elba with John Cena. In what we know so far, both actors are in the final stages of negotiating for a six-figure sum for their participation. Meanwhile, the project’s writer, Harrison Query, is eyeing a seven-figure deal for his scripting efforts.

According to Deadline, plot details are being kept under wraps at this time, though it’s been said that Head of State will be a high-octane ’90s style two-hander akin to AIR FORCE ONE meets FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS AND SHAW. Essentially, this is an odd couple setup with pulse-pounding shenanigans aplenty that is likely to play well with fans of shit blowing up on the big screen. Word has it that the project came together after The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran witnessed the duo’s obvious chemistry while films James Gunn‘s upcoming antihero film. After being like, yeah, I want more of that, Safran looked to Query to help craft a project that the pair could tackle together. By the way, The Safran Company’s Peter Safran and John Rickard will serve as producers for Head of State.

RELATED: John Cena and James Gunn team for HBO Max spin-off of The Suicide Squad

Air Force One meets Hobbs & Shaw, eh? I could be down for that. I mean, I’m game for anything that has Elba attached to star, and watching Cena’s star continues to rise has also been a lot of fun. Obviously, both actors are no strangers to participating in intense situations in front of the camera, so in a way, their reunion for another action vehicle feels apt as well as something that fans of either will anticipate. Let’s do this!


John Cena and James Gunn team for HBO Max spin-off of The Suicide Squad

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John Cena and James Gunn team for HBO Max spin-off of The Suicide Squad
September 23, 2020 by: Steve Seigh

Looks like HBO Max is truly the new home of DC Comics properties! After giving a series order to THE BATMAN spin-off based on Gotham PD, James Gunn‘s partial reboot THE SUICIDE SQUAD will explore one of the new characters in their own limited series. Peacemaker, starring John Cena as the titular character, will be an eight-episode series exploring the origins of the big screen character. It’s also been reported that James Gunn will write all the episodes in addition to directing most of them. We’re also hearing that the spin-off will serve as an origin story for the character, who stands to make quite the splash when THE SUICIDE SQUAD blasts into theaters next year.

HBO Max is already home to DC Universe properties Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, Titans, Swamp Thing, Stargirl, and Young Justice and this surely mature-themed series is another nice addition to their library.

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James Gunn has the unique ability to create an expansive universe while also bringing to life the soul and wit of each character. We look forward to a deep dive into the world of Peacemaker,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max. James Gunn said, “Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.”

John Cena added, “I have said before that it has been a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie. I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can’t wait for fans to see this.”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Peacemaker, the character was created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette and first appeared in the Fightin’ 5 series originally owned by Charlton Comics. With muscles bulging from every inch of his body and a silly-looking helmet atop his skull, Peacemaker believes in achieving peace at any cost – even if that means turning lots of people into worm food. The character first arrived on the comic book scene under the name Christopher Smith, a pacifist diplomat and son of a Nazi death camp commandant who founded the Pax Institute who fights dictators and warlords. (character description via Deadline)

Could Peacemaker be the first in several origin series for characters from THE SUICIDE SQUAD? Time will tell and it all depends on how successful the movie and this series are, but HBO Max and DC Comics may have stumbled on a synergy between the big and small screen that has been lacking on the Marvel side of things. Which service will reign supreme: Disney+ or HBO Max? Stay tuned to find out!

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James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad roll call unveils the full cast – DC FanDome

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James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad roll call unveils the full cast – DC FanDome
August 22, 2020 by: Alex Maidy

THE SUICIDE SQUAD panel at DC FanDome did not disappoint with our first official look at the full cast and which characters they are playing in James Gunn’s film. While the cast did split into a pair of teams to answer trivia and fan questions, the highlight of the day was a roll call matching each actor with their character (Pete Davison is Blackguard, Nathan Fillion is TDK, John Cena is Peacemaker!).

We also got a brief behind the scenes video (embedded below) in which Gunn declares this to be the biggest and boldest movie he has ever made. There are also a lot of explosions and special effects here that include Sean Gunn playing another mo-cap character in Weasel.

Check out the tidbits in our tweets below and make sure to watch the roll call video above and behind the scenes below.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD opens August 2021 in theaters.

@JamesGunn says The Suicide Squad was the most fun he has made making a film. #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

Gunn equates The Suicide Squad to The Dirty Dozen and loved the initial Ostrander run of the comics. #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

Gunn was most excited to write Harley Quinn. #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

There as as many explosions and crashes in The Suicide Squad as any film ever. There are more FX in all Marvel movies combined. Could that be true?? #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

Gunn met with John Ostrander when he visited the set. Gunn told him this is a sequel to those comics and treated it as if Ostrander wrote it 30 years after his original run. #DCFanDome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

James Gunn’s favorite villains growing up was Bat-mite. He was hilarious and creepy. He even considered putting him in the film. #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

Gunn addresses that some fan theories have been right and some wrong…but we will see some footage shortly to put those theories to rest! #DCFanDome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

Casting all footage. Michael Rooker is Savant! Flula Borg is Javelin. David Daltschamain is Polka Dot Man! IDris Elba is Bloodsport! King Shark looks great! Peter Capaldi is Thinker! Alica Braga is Solsoria! Pete Davidson is Blackguard! Nathan Fillion is TDK! Sean Gunn is Weasel

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

John Cena is Peacemaker! What a cast! #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

The cast quickly all said they would sacrifice Michael Rooker first. Everyone is picking on him, but Rooker says that is because he is the most dangerous. #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

Storm Reid showed up to ask who shot Superman. The answer is Bloodsport! #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

Apparently Idris Elba wore mandals (man sandals) quite a bit while filming. #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

No trailer but we do get some behind the scenes footage. #DCFandome

— (@joblocom) August 22, 2020

Again, thanks to all of you for checking out #TheSuicideSquad panel today at #DCFanDome. If you missed it, don’t worry, there will be encores. But for now here’s a final treat, a special @SuicideSquadWB DC FanDome Fan Poster we’ve been working on! I love it, how about you?

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 22, 2020


Check out DC Fandome’s full slate and make your own interactive schedule!

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Check out DC Fandome’s full slate and make your own interactive schedule!
August 14, 2020 by: Kevin Fraser

DC Fandome is almost here! The ultimate 24-hour fan event will bring us anything and everything from the DC Universe, be it movies, television, video-games, comics, and more. Kicking off on August 22nd at 10am PT, DC Fandome will contain over 100 hours of unique content spread across six areas, including the Hall of Heroes and five different Verses. With everything from Zack Snyder's JUSTICE LEAGUE to James Gunn's THE SUICIDE SQUAD and Matt Reeves' THE BATMAN, there's sure to be some big reveals during the event, and the complete slate for DC Fandome has now been revealed!

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You can check out the full schedule right here, and as you can see, there's a hell of a lot to experience; in fact, there's so much that DC Fandome has put together a customizable scheduler to help you out. After creating an account, you can look through all the events in each Verse, which includes the Hall of Heroes, WatchVerse, YouVerse, InsiderVerse, FunVerse, and DC Kids FanDome. If you see an event which strikes your fancy, all you need to do is click the + button next to it and it will be added to your customized schedule, ensuring that you won't miss any of the events you want to take part in.

While I'm sure many of you are anxiously awaiting Zack Snyder's JUSTICE LEAGUE panel (2:45pm), there are plenty of other great panels to take part in as well, including the WONDER WOMAN 1984 panel (10:00am), which will find Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, and director/co-writer Patty Jenkins answering questions, revealing a new sneak-peek, and more; THE SUICIDE SQUAD panel (12:00pm), which includes writer/director James Gunn answering questions; the BLACK ADAM panel (3:00pm), which features Dwayne Johnson taking questions and revealing a few surprises; and so much more. Seriously, just go check it out. Which panels are you most interested in?

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Here's what type of content you'll be able to find in the Hall of Heroes as well as the other Verses:

  • Hall of Heroes: The epicenter of the DC FanDome. Experience special programming and star-studded panels, and be the first to see all-new content from upcoming films, television series, games and more. Hall of Heroes is your entrée into a world tailored just for you, the fans — and it’s available in nine languages!
  • WatchVerse: In this highly immersive environment, you will find yourself transported to a busy street in the DC FanDome’s theater district. Explore the storefronts, alleys and rooftops — but definitely make sure to visit the four iconic theatres: the Monarch, Athena, Kandor, and McDuffie’s Dakota, featuring the Blerd & Boujee House, celebrating Blerd (aka “Black nerd”) culture and its impact around the globe. Take a seat and join our virtual audience for hours of must-see DC content from around the world. Whether it’s the latest panels, exclusive world premiere screenings or never-before-seen footage, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with the casts, creators and behind-the-scenes characters from the worlds of DC TV series, films, home entertainment, games and more!
  • YouVerse: Venture into DC YouVerse, where the FANS are the stars, to see the most amazing fan art, cosplay, and user-generated content from around the world — including, perhaps, your own! This is the Verse where fans are highlighted, honored and rewarded throughout the unique 24-hour DC FanDome experience.
  • InsiderVerse: Go behind the scenes on the legendary Warner Bros. Studios lot with the master artisans who bring DC to life in all its forms — from comic books to games, TV, movies, theme parks, consumer products and more.
  • FunVerse: This is the perfect place to share your DC fandom! Explore every corner of this immersive and interactive space where you can access free digital comic books, buy exclusive products and collectibles through our key partners, strike a pose at our selfie station, explore the Batcave, and many more awesome activities.
  • DC Kids FanDome: Explore the Teen Titans tower, visit DC Super Hero Girls’ Sweet Justice Café, make your way to the Batcave, and see all your favorite animated heroes in this world made specially for kids of every age to celebrate, play and create. DC Kids FanDome is kid-friendly and safe, and all the fun can be found at our separate companion site

DC Fandome will begin on August 22nd at 10am PT.

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James Gunn says The Suicide Squad had 100 percent zero studio interference

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James Gunn says The Suicide Squad had 100 percent zero studio interference
August 7, 2020 by: Gaius Bolling

David Ayer has more than hinted that 2016’s SUICIDE SQUAD had its fair share of studio interference which led to what some think is a muddled mess of a film.  Ayer isn’t returning to direct the sequel, THE SUICIDE SQUAD, that job was handed to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director, James Gunn. So has Gunn experienced the same studio interference that Ayer suffered through? According to him, not at all.

A fan on Twitter asked if THE SUICIDE SQUAD was 100% Gunn without any meddling from the studio and Gunn’s response should make fans of the upcoming sequel very happy. Check out his answer below:

I can confirm #TheSuicideSquad is 100%, zero interference, no-holds-barred ME, &, again, I can’t wait for you guys to get a glimpse of it at #DCFanDome. (Yes, I’m pimping FanDome a lot, but that’s because I know how exciting it’s going to be – for my film & other stuff too!ð??¬)

James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 4, 2020

So why no studio meddling on this project? I can only speculate that Warner Bros. has either learned from past mistakes or they just really trust James Gunn and his vision. He directed two very successful GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY films so he has no problem handling a big budget endeavor and on those projects, he was pretty much left to his own devices as well. THE SUICIDE SQUAD is likely to be a better movie without too many cooks in the kitchen.

The studio interference question, in regards to THE SUICIDE SQUAD, does make sense, however. The first film was infamously plagued with studio edits and interventions that made the finished film a poor imitation of the film he intended to make, according to David Ayer. This is why he has supported the #ReleaseTheAyerCut campaign because he has teased several differences with his version of the movie that he believes could easily be cut together to make the film more in line with his vision. The release of Zack Snyder‘s JUSTICE LEAGUE on HBO Max next year has only fueled fans and Ayer to get his proper cut of SUICIDE SQUAD released. 

THE. SUICIDE SQUAD is set for release next year and the film was one of the lucky ones to wrap production right before the COVID-19 pandemic made Hollywood go dark Gunn will be bringing back some familiar faces like Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney while new additions include Idris Elba, John Cena, David Dastmalchian, Taika Waititi, Pete Davidson, Peter Capaldi, Nathan Fillion and more. 

Do YOU think the studio really left James Gunn to his own devices? THE SUICIDE SQUAD hits screens on August 6, 2021