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The Suicide Squad
Directed byJames Gunn
Produced by
  • Peter Safran
  • Charles Roven
Written byJames Gunn
Based onSuicide Squad
by John Ostrander
  • Idris Elba
  • Margot Robbie
  • Jai Courtney
  • Viola Davis
  • David Dastmalchian
  • Daniela Melchior
  • DC Films
  • Atlas Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • August 6, 2021 (2021-08-06)
CountryUnited States

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The Suicide Squad, also known as Suicide Squad 2, is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team Suicide Squad. Set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is written and directed by James Gunn, and will star an ensemble cast featuring Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, David Dastmalchian, and Daniela Melchior.

Plans for a sequel to Suicide Squad began before that film's release and were confirmed in March 2016. Though director David Ayer was initially set to return, he dropped out in December 2016 in favor of Gotham City Sirens. Warner Bros. considered multiple directors, including Mel Gibson and Daniel Espinosa, before hiring Gavin O'Connor in September 2017. However, O'Connor left the project a year later due to creative differences. In October 2018, James Gunn, whom The Walt Disney Company fired from directing the Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, was hired to write the film, and signed on to direct in January 2019. Gunn looked to the 1980s Suicide Squad comics for inspiration and chose to focus on new characters rather than continue the 2016 film's narrative. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2019.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 6, 2021.


  • Idris Elba: Elba was originally cast as Floyd Lawton / Deadshot, replacing Will Smith from the first film, but Warner Bros. and director James Gunn eventually decided to have Elba play a new character instead, allowing Smith to reprise his role in a future film.[1]
  • Margot Robbie as Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn: A crazed criminal and former psychiatrist.[1]
  • Jai Courtney as George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang: An unhinged thief who uses boomerangs as weapons.[2]
  • Viola Davis as Amanda Waller: The government official who organized the Suicide Squad and gives out the team's orders.[3]
  • David Dastmalchian as Abner Krill / Polka-Dot Man[4]
  • Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher[5]



In March 2016, ahead of the release of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. announced a sequel was in development. David Ayer and Will Smith were respectively attached to reprise their roles as director and Deadshot, and filming was on track to begin in 2017 after the pair completed work on Bright.[6][7] The following month, Ayer expressed an interest in making the sequel R-rated,[8] but by December had exited in favor of directing Gotham City Sirens.[9] Warner Bros. entered negotiations with Mel Gibson to direct shortly afterwards,[10] but he passed after production delays.[11] Daniel Espinosa and Guy Ritchie were also under consideration.[10][12] In March 2017, The Legend of Tarzan writer Adam Cozad was hired to write the screenplay. The Suicide Squad sequel was said to be a priority for Warner Bros., with a focus on coming up with a story.[13]

James Gunn, writer and director of The Suicide Squad

Warner Bros.' top choice to direct was Jaume Collet-Serra, but he passed in favor of Disney's Jungle Cruise because he did not like the idea of continuing a story another director started.[14][15] In July, Zak Penn pitched a new story treatment, resulting in a new script.[11] At San Diego Comic-Con that month, the film was officially titled Suicide Squad 2.[16] By August, Jared Leto was set to reprise his role as the Joker from the first film,[17] and Variety reported production would not begin until late 2018 because of Smith's production schedule on Aladdin and Gemini Man.[18] In September, Gavin O'Connor was hired to direct and write the film.[19][20] O'Connor brought in David Bar Katz, Anthony Tambakis, and Todd Stashwick to co-write the screenplay,[21] which was finished in September 2018 and featured the Suicide Squad attempting to track down Black Adam (played by Dwayne Johnson).[22][23] According to Variety's Justin Kroll, O'Connor's script was nearly identical to the one for Birds of Prey, which Warner Bros. gave a green light to first. Frustrated, O'Connor withdrew from the project in favor of Torrance.[24]

Months earlier, in July 2018, The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Studios dismissed James Gunn from directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after conservative commentators began circulating old controversial tweets surrounding topics such as rape and pedophilia.[25] As a result, Warner Bros. became interested in recruiting him to direct a DC Extended Universe film,[26] and offered him a number of properties, including a Man of Steel sequel.[27] Gunn chose Suicide Squad, and by the time he completed his exit settlement with Disney and Marvel in October, Warner Bros. hired him to write the screenplay and potentially direct.[28][29] Ayer supported the decision, saying that Gunn's hiring was a "brave and smart move" by Warner Bros. and calling him "the right man for the job",[30] while fellow Guardians of the Galaxy alumni Dave Bautista expressed interest in appearing in the film.[24] By January 2019, Gunn had been hired to direct and Warner Bros. retitled the film The Suicide Squad, with production set to start in September for a scheduled release date on August 6, 2021.[31][32] Peter Safran and Charles Roven were also attached to produce.[33]


In February 2019, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Smith would not be reprising his role as Deadshot from the first film due to scheduling conflicts.[34] Gunn met with Idris Elba to discuss replacing him, which "went so swimmingly that talks began with the studio in earnest." Elba, who was the only choice of Gunn and Warner Bros., signed on to portray Deadshot in March.[35] However, by April Gunn and Warner Bros. had decided to have Elba portray a different character, which would enable Smith to return in a future film.[1] At that time, Viola Davis and Margot Robbie had been confirmed to return as Amanda Waller and Harley Quinn,[1][3] while Jai Courtney announced he would be reprising his role as Captain Boomerang in an interview.[2] The involvement of Joel Kinnaman, who portrayed Rick Flag in the first film, remained unclear.[35]

At this point, production was set to begin after Robbie finished her work on Birds of Prey.[36] The Suicide Squad was described as a new take on the property rather than a direct sequel to the 2016 film.[4] Unlike Ayer, who was primarily inspired by the New 52 Suicide Squad comics, Gunn drew inspiration from the 1980s comics by John Ostrander and Kim Yale.[37] As such, Gunn decided to focus more on characters who were not introduced in Suicide Squad, such as a female version of the Ratcatcher, Polka-Dot Man, King Shark, and Peacemaker.[4][38] Gunn was said to be considering casting Bautista as Peacemaker,[38] though this could not happen due to scheduling conflicts.[39] In April, David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior were cast as Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher, respectively.[4][5] John Cena entered talks for an unspecified role,[40] later identified as Peacemaker.[39][5]


Principal photography is scheduled to begin in September 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.[31]


The Suicide Squad is scheduled for release by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX 3D on August 6, 2021.[33]


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