Suicide Squad 2 Cast, Release Date, Trailer, News, Story, and More Details (2024)

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Suicide Squad 2 is called The Suicide Squad, features James Gunn writing and directing, and will arrive in 2021. Here's everything you need to know...

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After Suicide Squad 2 failed to find momentum under director Gavin O’Connor and writer Todd Stashwick, the studio brought in Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn to breathe new life into Suicide Squad 2. The sequel to the 2016 film is now known as The Suicide Squad, which would seem to indicate that they’re looking to distance themselves a little from the first film. Understandable, as despite it’s nearly $750 million global box office haul, it wasn’t particularly beloved by critics, and appeared to be the victim of some hasty editing to counter the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicebacklash.

But now with Gunn as both writer and director, The Suicide Squad will likely be a very different film. Gunn has said on social media that he hopes to deliver something more along the lines of the late ’80s action movie with superpowers that the classic Jon Ostrander Suicide Squad comics were.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the movie:

Suicide Squad 2 Trailer

It’s not QUITE a trailer, but this sizzle reel that was unveiled at DC Fandome does contain plenty of footage, as well as a look at virtually the entire cast, as well as some behind the scenes action.


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Check it out…

Suicide Squad 2 Cast

Previously, it was expected that at the very least, proven box office draws Will Smith and Margot Robbie would return as Deadshot and Harley Quinn, likely with Jared Leto’s controversial Joker in place. But with the studio seemingly trying to distance itself from that version of the Joker, and Will Smith having departed the project due to “scheduling concerns”Robbie is the marquee name this time around.

But she’ll have PLENTY of backup this time around…

Check out thefullcast listing in this snazzy video. Yep, the filmmaker is bringing out the big guns.

See for yourself…

However, while Elba was apparently initially on board to replace Smith as Deadshot, it turns out that now he’s playing a different character entirely: the Superman villain Bloodsport, leaving the door open for Smith to potentially return in a future movie.

John Cena will play Peacemaker, a character so important he’s even getting an HBO Max mini-series that Gunn will write and direct.

Daniela Melchor will play a genderswapped version of Batman villain Ratcatcher.


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David Dastmalchian will play Polka Dot Man, think of a guy who uses the “polka dot” theme to create weapons. THR says he will “lean into his embarrassment of his ‘lame’ abilities.”

Mayling Ng plays Mongal, the daughter of alien conqueror Mongul.

Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson will be playing Blackguard.

Alice Braga is playing someone called Solsoria.

German comedian Flula Borg is playing Javelin.

Gunn has enlisted another of hisGuardians of the Galaxypals for a role with Michael Rooker playing Savant.


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The character of King Shark is (a shaaaaaaark!) a humanoid shark, so expect a fair amount of CGI involved for Steve Agee. The character of King Shark has recently appeared in live action (via considerable CGI) onThe FlashTV series.

Nathan Fillion is playing…wait for it…Arm Fall Off Boy.

There are of courseother characters we’d like to see introduced…and then perhaps dispatched in increasingly gruesome fashion.

Suicide Squad 2 Story

Earlier in development,The Wrapreportedthat Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam may get his introduction in Suicide Squad 2, indicating that the team’s mission this time around will be to secure “a weapon of mass destruction,” and that the weapon of mass destruction in question would be Black Adam himself. That’s from a pre-Gunn version of the project, though, and the movie is now going in a completely different direction.

Instead, expect it to be far more in line with the sensibilities Gunn displayed in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Warner Bros. will follow their own Birds of Prey lead and lean into an R-rating for this violent group of misfits. I’d also be curious to see if the movie takes any inspiration from Gail Simone’s Suicide Squad-adjacent Secret Six title, which featured some slightly less expendable baddies and antiheroes in more ridiculous, humorous, and extreme situations than we usually saw in the Suicide Squad books. The excellent animated movie, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay drew on some of that, and it might be a good starting point for a new film.

Suicide Squad 2 Release Date

The Suicide Squadwill open on Aug. 6, 2021. That August release date served both the first film and James Gunn’s firstGuardians of the Galaxyeffort well, so this might be a safe bet.


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The full DC superhero movie release schedule can be found here.

We’ll update this with more information as it becomes available!


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What will Suicide Squad 2 be about? ›

Plot. Loosely based off "The Final Round" storyline. The remaining Suicide Squad members Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Captain Boomerang are released for their help in protecting Earth in The Justice League III. The world is recovering from the war with Darkseid.

Who plays the new Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad 2? ›

Portrayed by actress Margot Robbie, she first appears in film in Suicide Squad (2016), playing a major role, and also stars in the spin-off solo film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) and standalone sequel/soft reboot film The Suicide Squad (2021).

Who is the villain in Suicide Squad? ›

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller: The director of A.R.G.U.S. who runs the Task Force X program. Gunn said Waller, along with the U.S. government, is the true villain of the film, which explores the different reactions that the Suicide Squad have to her asking them to cover up illegal experiments in Corto Maltese.

What is the girl from Suicide Squad called? ›

The film is filled with a great cast who all do a terrific job, especially Margot Robbie, I couldn't see anyone else doing the role of Harley Quinn. She is to Harley what Heath Ledger was to the joker. The movie is filled with funny one liners and never takes itself too seriously.

Why did Suicide Squad 2 fail? ›

All of the above variables combined to create a sequel which had nothing to sell other than the fact that it was another Suicide Squad movie. It lacked Will Smith, the allure of the “first” Harley Quinn appearance, much-hyped cameos from Ben Affleck's Batman and Jared Leto's Joker and a PG-13.

Who is the bloodshot in Suicide Squad? ›

The Robert DuBois incarnation of Bloodsport appears in The Suicide Squad, portrayed by Idris Elba. This version is a Black British mercenary armed with a high-tech suit and collapsible weapons that only he can use, who is serving time in prison for shooting Superman with a Kryptonite bullet.

Is Lady Gaga the new Harley Quinn? ›

Gaga stars as Harley Quinn in the movie, and Atlanta's Zazie Beetz returns as Sophie Dumond. Also pegged to feature are Catherine Keener, Brendan Gleeson, Ken Leung, and Steve Coogan, among others.

Who is the Joker's girlfriend? ›

The classic and modern iterations of Harley Quinn. Art by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson. Following her introduction to the comics in 1999, Harley Quinn was depicted as the sidekick and lover of the Joker as well as the criminal associate and best friend of Poison Ivy.

Who are the returning characters in Suicide Squad 2? ›

Returning from the first movie are several characters: Harley Quinn, played almost perfectly (twice!) by Margot Robbie; Boomerang gets to be a Captain in this movie, played by Jai Courtney; Viola Davis' Amanda Waller; and Joel Kinnaman's Rick Flagg.

What happened to June in Suicide Squad? ›

Despite the death of Enchantress, June is revealed to be alive and is taken back home.

What happened to the Joker in Suicide Squad 2? ›

With Jared Leto's absence in Birds of Prey, the return of his iteration of Joker to The Suicide Squad became less feasible. The Clown Prince of Crime was originally set to play a major part in the first film but most of his presence ended up being cut for the final product.

Is there going to be a Suicide Squad 3? ›

Since Suicide Squad 3 hasn't been confirmed and James Gunn is busy reforming the greater DCU, there is no Suicide Squad 3 release date. Gunn has the future of the DCU planned all the way out to 2025 and beyond, introducing both a new Batman and Superman.

What language does Enchantress speak? ›

Enchantress and Incubus always speak some other language to each other, which is translated with subtitles for the audience. The actor who portrayed Incubus, Alain Chanoine, has said that the language ("moonspeak") was invented for the film by David Ayer.

Who is the black girl in Suicide Squad? ›

Suicide Squad (2016) - Viola Davis as Amanda Waller - IMDb.

Is Peacemaker a hero or villain? ›

Christopher "Chris" Smith, also known as the Peacemaker, is a fictional antihero in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and DC Universe (DCU) media franchises, based on the Charlton / DC Comics character of the same name. Adapted for film by writer/director James Gunn, he is portrayed by John Cena.

Is Joker going to be in Suicide Squad 2? ›

Without taking into account the mixed reception of Leto's portrayal of the iconic Batman villain, James Gunn explained that he didn't bring back the Joker in The Suicide Squad simply because he wouldn't fit the story.

Is the Joker in Birds of Prey? ›

Is the Joker not in this movie at all? Nope! You'll only hear Leto's Joker referenced by name in "Birds of Prey." Warner Bros. There is a slight throwback to "Suicide Squad" where we see footage from the 2016 film that shows Harleen Quinzel's transformation into Harley Quinn again.

Is Suicide Squad 2 Animated? ›

It's called Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, and sees Amanda Waller recruiting a squad to go head to head with Vandal Savage. It's an R-rated animated movie this one, with Christian Slater leading the voice cast.

Who is the fire guy in Suicide Squad? ›

Chato Santana / El Diablo as he appears in Suicide Squad. The Chato Santana incarnation of El Diablo appears in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film Suicide Squad, portrayed by Jay Hernandez.

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