I gotta be honest with you: I can’t decide if I’m actually looking forward to The Suicide Squad or not, as DC Films has essentially conditioned me to expect disappointment. Shit, I hated 2016’s Suicide Squad so much that I’ve carried out a five-year beef with Jared Leto simply because I’m still angry about it and feel like blaming someone, anyone.
But then Warner Bros. went out and hired James Gunn — the director of my *favorite* Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Guardians of the Galaxy (which also happens to be about a ragtag group of misfits) — and I obviously became intrigued. Gunn has done it once with the Guardians, so surely he could do it again with the Suicide Squad, no?
To my disappointed surprise, when WB dropped the first trailer for the film back in March I was less than thrilled, as the debut tease of The Suicide Squad was very… blah. I said on the Post-Credit Podcast that it reminded me of a poor mimicry of what someone *thought* a James Gunn Suicide Squad film would look like.
No more than a week later, though, an alternate, far superior trailer that was showing in theaters with Godzilla vs. Kong leaked on Twitter, prompting WB to just go ahead and release it themselves:
Much better, right? And now, with reports that the MPAA has given the film an R rating for “strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use, and brief graphic nudity”, the issue with the trailers has becomes clear: the marketing team has had their hands tied behind their back because all of the best parts of the film are likely too graphic or too important to be used in trailers, thus allowing me to finally decide: I *am* excited for The Suicide Squad.
‘The Suicide Squad’ — which stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Peter Capaldi, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Alice Braga, David Dastmalchia, and Daniel Melchior — will hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6.