We’re still enjoying the original Red Band trailer for The Suicide Squad after our umpteenth viewing of it. Unfortunately, additional promotional content for writer-director James’ Gunn‘s crazy, chaotic, re-imagining of the DCEU’s anti-hero team-up movie has been sparse, to say the least. Which is why we’ll happily highlight this one single still image from the movie, courtesy of Gunn himself. In it, Idris Elba, aka Bloodsport, leads David Dastmalchian, aka Polka-Dot Man, and reluctant participant Peter Capaldi, aka The Thinker, through what appears to either be a seedy nightclub or an underground coffee shop. No costumes and no superhero or anti-hero action to speak of, just a hint of great character acting, a gritty setting, and great lighting. More, please, Mr. Gunn!
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 28, 2021
In related news, James Gunn’s Suicide Squad spin-off series starring John Cena, Peacemaker, has added a new cast member in a classic DC Comics role. According to Deadline, Freddie Stroma (Netflix’s Bridgerton) will take over the role of Adrian Chase, aka Vigilante, from Chris Conrad. Vigilante is a Punisher-esque character who dispenses double-barreled justice with his arsenal of firearms and his Wolverine-like healing factor. Conrad left the role due to undisclosed “creative differences,” the catch-all term for poor set behavior or personality clashes.
The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Michael Rooker, Flula Borg, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Mayling Ng, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Storm Reid, Taika Waititi, Joaquín Cosío, and Juan Diego Botto.
The Suicide Squad will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters on August 6th. The Peacemaker series is slated to debut on HBO Max in January 2022.
Images courtesy of DC Entertainment/Warner Bros.; Edits by Movie Nooz