Suicide Squad (film)

Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film based on the DC Comics supervillain team of the same name. The third installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), it was written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast including Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Karen Fukuhara, Ike Barinholtz, and Cara Delevingne. In the film, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat in exchange for reduced sentences.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad (film) poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Ayer
Written byDavid Ayer
Based onCharacters
from DC Entertainment
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyRoman Vasyanov
Edited byJohn Gilroy
Music bySteven Price
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • August 1, 2016 (2016-08-01) (Beacon Theatre)
  • August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) (United States)
Running time
123 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$175 million[2]
Box office$746 million[3]

By February 2009, a Suicide Squad film was in development at Warner Bros. Ayer signed on to write and direct in September 2014, and by October, the casting process had begun. Principal photography began in Toronto, Ontario on April 13, 2015, with additional filming in Chicago, and ended in August that year.

Suicide Squad premiered in New York City on August 1, 2016, and was released in the United States in RealD 3D, IMAX, and IMAX 3D on August 5, 2016. Following a strong debut that set new box office records, the film grossed over $746 million worldwide, making it the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2016. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, with praise for the cast, but criticism for its plot and direction. The film was nominated for and won multiple awards across various categories, including an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 89th Academy Awards, making it the first film in the DCEU to win an Academy Award. It was followed by the spin-off film Birds of Prey, starring Robbie, in 2020, and the standalone sequel The Suicide Squad in 2021, with Robbie, Kinnaman, Davis, and Courtney returning.

PlotEdit

In the aftermath of Superman's death,[N 1] intelligence officer Amanda Waller convinces the US Government to greenlight Task Force X, a response team of criminals and supervillains. The team will be used to combat metahuman threats, under Waller's control via nanite bombs implanted in each criminal's neck, which can be remotely detonated. If successful, they will have their sentences shortened.

Dr. June Moone, an American archaeologist, becomes possessed by demonic witch Enchantress. Waller can control the Enchantress by seizing her magical heart, which wounds her if it is struck. Waller's subordinate Colonel Rick Flag is in love with Moone, and is made a member of Task Force X. However, Enchantress betrays Waller, conquering Midway City, transforming humans into monsters, and summoning her brother Incubus to destroy mankind.

Task Force X is formed to stop Enchantress, using six inmates from Belle Reve penitentiary. The roster consists of hitman Deadshot, who wants to reunite with his daughter Zoe; Harley Quinn, a former psychiatrist-turned-girlfriend of Gotham crime lord Joker; Australian thief Captain Boomerang; pyrokinetic ex-gangster El Diablo; mutant cannibal Killer Croc; and mercenary Slipknot. The team are led by Flag, and are joined by his associate Katana, a Japanese swordswoman. Waller and Flag deliberately hide the latter's relationship with Moone.

Upon arrival in Midway City, the team's helicopter is shot down, forcing them to travel on foot. Boomerang convinces Slipknot to take off, believing the bombs are a ruse, but Flag kills Slipknot when he tries to escape. Scaling a skyscraper, the team discover Waller is their mark, trying to cover up her involvement in Enchantress' revolt. Meanwhile, the Joker learns of Harley's predicament, locates A.R.G.U.S. scientist Dr. Van Criss, and blackmails him into disabling Harley's bomb.

As Waller and the squad await helicopter extraction, the Joker intervenes, disables Harley's bomb, and helps her escape. Waller shoots down the Joker's helicopter, though Harley survives and rejoins the squad, believing the Joker is dead. Finding Waller's location, Enchantress kidnaps her to regain her heart. Deadshot finds Waller's confidential files, discovering Flag's relationship with Moone. The team abandon Flag, sharing a drink in an abandoned bar, where El Diablo reveals his powers and criminal lifestyle led to the deaths of his family. Flag relieves the squad of their mission, but, realizing they have the opportunity to prove themselves, the group set out to save the city.

The squad locate Enchantress in a flooded subway station, where Killer Croc and Flag's platoon of Navy SEALs plant bombs beneath the subway. El Diablo embraces the demonic nature of his pyrokinesis, sacrificing himself to allow the bomb to destroy Incubus. Enchantress invites the squad to join her, and Harley appears tempted, but uses it as a ruse to cut out Enchantress' heart. She is defeated and Flag crushes her heart, killing her and releasing Moone from her control. Waller appears, removing ten years off each squad members' sentence and rewarding them with requests (except for Boomerang, who is instead detained). The Joker, alive, breaks into Belle Reve and rescues Harley.

In a mid-credits scene, Waller meets with Bruce Wayne, who agrees to aid her reputation in exchange for government files on the growing metahuman community, in order to build his own superhero team.[N 2] She advises him to stop working late nights, implying she knows Bruce is Batman. In response, he tells Waller to shut down Task Force X or he and his "friends" will do it for her.

CastEdit

 
Cast of Suicide Squad at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. From left to right: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Scott Eastwood, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne, and Adam Beach
  • Will Smith as Floyd Lawton / Deadshot:[4]
    An expert marksman and assassin.[5][6] A mercenary by day and a concerned father by night, Deadshot is a conflicted criminal who enjoys the hunt, but still tries to do right by his young daughter.[7] Smith was simultaneously offered to appear in Suicide Squad and Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to Independence Day which he starred in. Smith opted to portray Deadshot, saying that the choice was "nothing about the qualities of the movie—but the choice of trying to go forward versus clinging and clawing backwards."[8]
  • Jared Leto as The Joker:
    A psychopathic crime boss and the nemesis of Batman. Leto described his role as "nearly Shakespearean" and a "beautiful disaster of a character;" about portraying the villain, he stated, "I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn't imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing these psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful." Leto never broke character throughout filming, with Smith going as far as stating he never met him. In preparation for the role, Leto spent his time alone, listened to gospel music from the 1920s—commenting he senses "Joker may be much older than people think"—and read literature on shamanism. Influences for the character's appearance include the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky.[9] The Joker's tattoos were added by Ayer, who believed it gave the character a modernized gangster look.[10] David Bowie was also cited as an influence on the character by Leto.[11]
  • Margot Robbie as Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn:[12]
    A former psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum seduced by the Joker into becoming his crazed partner-in-crime.[5][6] Producer Richard Suckle described the character as, "a fan fave. Funny, crazy, scary. ... You can't come up with enough adjectives to describe all the different things you see her do."[13] Robbie described Quinn as one of the Squad's most manipulative members, and her relationship with Joker as "incredibly dysfunctional," adding that Quinn is, "mad about him—like, literally, mad. She's crazy. But she loves him. And it's a really unhealthy, dysfunctional relationship. But an addictive one."[14]
  • Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag:[15]
    The heroic, military leader of the Task Force X. A West Point graduate and Green Beret colonel who leads the Suicide Squad in the field. He is all business and executes Amanda Waller's orders but does not always agree with her goals or her methods.[7] Tom Hardy was previously cast in the role but was forced to drop out because of scheduling conflicts.[6][16]
  • Viola Davis as Amanda Waller:[17]
    The government official who gives out the Squad's orders.[13] Ambitious and devious, she has big plans and intends to let no metahuman or military protocol get in her way.[7] Davis stated she is fascinated by the character, singling out her psychology and strength and describing her as a "powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will."[18] She described Waller as "relentless in her villainy" and noted that her powers are "her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt."[13][19]
  • Jai Courtney as George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang:[20]
    A thief who uses deadly boomerangs,[5][6] described as rugged, unpredictable and mouthy.[7] About his role, Courtney stated, "he is an absolute bogan, in the purest sense. David Ayer's first instruction was, 'find your inner dirtbag'."[19]
  • Jay Hernandez as Chato Santana / El Diablo:[16][19]
    A former Los Angeles gang member who has metahuman powers that allow him to summon flames, and transform himself into a monstrous fire demon-like entity.[19] He has squelched his fire-conjuring powers to a solitary flame as penance for the horrors he inflicted on those he loved.[7] Hernandez set his character apart from his teammates as he "just wants to stay out of the fight," while "most of [the Squad members] are happy to get out there and kill people."[19]
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Waylon Jones / Killer Croc:
    A cannibalistic metahuman criminal who suffers from a regressive atavism which caused him to develop reptilian features.[6][21] Being a meta-human, he possesses near superhuman strength, high endurance, and the capacity to breathe underwater. His skin allows him to withstand high caliber weapons and skin abrasion.[22] Akinnuoye-Agbaje described the character as "a cannibal with rage issues."[13]
  • Cara Delevingne as Dr. June Moone / Enchantress:
    An archaeologist who is possessed by an ancient evil force that transforms her into a host of a powerful sorceress, when summoned.[5][13][19] Unleashed after a long period of imprisonment, the entity draws the attention of Waller.[19] Delevingne described Moone as "an adventure-seeker who's always wanted some excitement" and Enchantress as "a feral being."[19] Originally, the film was going to feature the revelation that Enchantress was being controlled by Steppenwolf, the main antagonist of Justice League (2017), but this was scrapped after the Justice League story changed.[23]
  • Ike Barinholtz as Capt. Hunter Griggs:[24]
    An officer at Belle Reve's Special Security Barracks, the black site where the government imprisons the squad.
  • Scott Eastwood as "GQ" Edwards:[24]
    A Navy SEAL Lieutenant who assists Flag during the squad's mission. After working with actor Shia LaBeouf on Fury, Ayer originally sought him out for the role, but the studio was not interested in the actor.[25]
  • Adam Beach as Christopher Weiss / Slipknot:
    A man who can climb anything.[26]
  • Karen Fukuhara as Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana:
    A volunteer heroic member of the Task Force X, who acts as Rick Flag's bodyguard. She is a widowed expert martial artist and swordswoman. Katana mourns her husband's death, and wields the Soultaker Blade, a mystical weapon capable of trapping the souls of its victims; the artefact that holds her husband's soul.[6][7][16] As she is not a criminal, she does not have a micro-bomb implant. Fukuhara stated that Katana "has morals and codes. She can also slice through hundreds of people without taking a breath."[19]

Ben Affleck appears as Bruce Wayne / Batman, and Ezra Miller appears as Barry Allen / The Flash, both reprising their roles from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Miller's being a cameo role; while Jason Momoa makes a brief photographic appearance as Arthur Curry / Aquaman.[27][28][29] Alain Chanoine portrays Incubus, the brother of Enchantress, who possesses the body of a businessman in Midway City in order to have a physical form.[30] Jim Parrack and Common appear as the Joker's henchmen, Jonny Frost and Monster T, respectively.[19][31][32] David Harbour portrays government official Dexter Tolliver (based on a DC character called Derek Tolliver),[33] Alex Meraz portrays Navy SEAL Gomez, and Matt Baram portrays Dr. Van Criss, a scientist at Wayne Enterprises' branch Van Criss Laboratories.[24][34][35] Shailyn Pierre-Dixon plays Zoe Lawton, Deadshot's daughter, and Corina Calderon plays Grace Santana, Diablo's wife.[36][37] David Ayer, writer and director of the film, makes a cameo appearance as a Belle Reve officer.[38]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The film was announced in 2009 with Dan Lin as producer, Stephen Gilchrist as co-producer and Justin Marks as the screenwriter.[39][40] David Ayer signed on to direct and write the film in September 2014.[41] He later described the film to Empire Online as "Dirty Dozen with supervillains".[42] Ayer had six weeks to write the screenplay, given the release date was already set.[43]

CastingEdit

In October 2014, Warner Bros. had initially offered Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, and Will Smith roles in the film.[44] In November, TheWrap revealed that Jared Leto was in talks for the role of Joker, for which Gosling was originally sought.[45] The main cast was announced by Warner Brothers in December 2014 with Smith, Hardy, Leto, Robbie, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevingne along with their respective roles as Deadshot, Rick Flag, Joker, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Enchantress.[46] The studio was also considering Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Oprah Winfrey for the role of Amanda Waller.[47] Following the announcement of the cast, comic book writer John Ostrander (creator of the modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad) talked with Comic Book Resources about the casting, saying, "I have no problem with the casting... what I am really impressed by with all of the casting is that they are getting some very good actors to play these parts."[48]

In January 2015, Davis expressed interest in playing Amanda Waller during an interview, saying "I'm fascinated by [Waller]."[18] Meanwhile, Tom Hardy had to drop out as Rick Flag because of scheduling issues with his film The Revenant.[49] Jake Gyllenhaal, who worked with Ayer on End of Watch, was then given an offer to replace Hardy as Flag, but he declined.[50] The studio was then looking at Joel Edgerton, Jon Bernthal, and Joel Kinnaman to play the role.[51][52][53] In February, Jay Hernandez joined the cast and Kinnaman was also confirmed to play Flag.[54] At the 87th Academy Awards, it was revealed that Davis had been cast as Amanda Waller.[55] In March 2015, boxer Raymond Olubawale was reported to have an unspecified role in the film,[56] and Scott Eastwood announced that he had been cast.[57] Later that month, it was confirmed that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Karen Fukuhara had been cast as Killer Croc and Katana, respectively.[21] Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz, and Jim Parrack were added to the cast in April 2015.[24] In January 2016, Ben Affleck was confirmed to reprise his role as Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[27]

FilmingEdit

 
Filming of a chase sequence on Yonge Street in Downtown Toronto, May 2015

Filming began on April 13, 2015 in Toronto.[58][59] On April 26 and 27, filming took place at Hy's Steakhouse.[60] A "snowstorm" scene was filmed on April 29 on Adelaide St. and in Ching Lane.[61] On May 5, a few major scenes were filmed in downtown Toronto next to Yonge and Dundas Square.[62] Principal photography wrapped in August 2015 after additional filming took place in Chicago, Illinois.[63][64] Reshoots ensued in 2016 following Warner's desire to make a more lighthearted and comedic tone akin to the trailers, especially as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was criticized for being too somber; it was reported the reshoots cost as much as $22 million (more than the typical $6–10 million that additional filming costs).[65] It was also confirmed that Zack Snyder filmed a scene with the Flash while shooting Justice League in London, while Ayer was in post-production on Suicide Squad.[66] Ayer confirmed that the film was completed on June 24, 2016.[67] Despite the involvement of multiple editors in the process, only John Gilroy is named in the main credit sequence.[43]

Post-productionEdit

The film reportedly had a troubled post-production; the following are some notable edits made:

  • The first 40 minutes of the film were cut with sections of it potentially being used for the flashbacks in the film[68]
  • The third act was changed with the Joker originally having an influence within it,[69] with the majority of Leto's scenes being omitted from the theatrical cut,[70][71] which upset Leto[72][73]
  • Diablo would have originally survived[74]
  • Harley Quinn, Slipknot, Batman, Enchantress, and Katana originally had larger roles, with Katana having become possessed and attacking the team at one point[75]
  • A romance between Deadshot and Quinn was removed[76]
  • Scenes showing Harley and Joker's abusive relationship were cut from the theatrical cut[77]
  • A Killer Croc line was added for the theatrical cut without Ayer's input[78]
  • Geoff Johns added Quinn being an accomplice to Robin's murder to the theatrical cut[79]
  • Parts of the original score were replaced with pop songs for the theatrical cut[80]
  • The final cut was taken away from Ayer and instead handed to trailer production company, Trailer Park, Inc.[81]

The visual effects are provided by Moving Picture Company, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Mammal Studios and Ollin VFX and Supervised by Robert Winter, Mark Breakspaer, Gregory D. Liegey, Charlie Iturriaga and Jerome Chen as the Production Supervisor.[82]

MusicEdit

Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price, who previously worked with Ayer on Fury, composed the score for Suicide Squad.[83] Suicide Squad: Original Motion Picture Score was announced for a release date of August 8, 2016.[84] A soundtrack album for the film, titled Suicide Squad: The Album, was announced in June 2016, and released on August 5, 2016.[85] The album's first single, "Heathens" by Twenty One Pilots, was released on June 20, 2016.[86] A music video for the song, set in a prison and featuring footage from the film, was released on June 21.[87] "Sucker for Pain" was released as the second single on June 24.[86] The album's third single, "Purple Lamborghini" by Skrillex and Rick Ross, was released on July 22.[88] "Gangsta" by Kehlani; "Standing in the Rain" by Action Bronson, Mark Ronson, and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys; "Medieval Warfare" by Grimes; and a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" performed by Panic! at the Disco were released as four promotional singles on August 2, August 3, and August 4, 2016, respectively, with "Medieval Warfare" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" being released on the same day.[89]

ReleaseEdit

Suicide Squad premiered at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on August 1, 2016. The subsequent London premiere took place on August 3, 2016.[90] It was theatrically released in the United States and in the UK on August 5, 2016, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.[91]

MarketingEdit

Suicide Squad held a panel at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International, with stars Smith, Robbie, Courtney, Davis, and Kinnaman among those who appeared. A trailer intended to be exclusive to the event premiered, but was leaked online, with Warner Bros. responding by stating they would not release an official version.[92] However, the following day, Warner Bros. released an official version, stating: "Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic-Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation."[93]

Home mediaEdit

Suicide Squad was released on Digital HD on November 15, 2016, and on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra-HD Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray 3D, and DVD on December 13, 2016. An extended cut of the film is included in the home entertainment release, containing roughly thirteen minutes of footage absent from the theatrical version.[94][95][96] A novelization of the movie was written by Marv Wolfman.[97] Ayer has suggested that this is truer to his vision than the theatrical cut of the film.[98]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Suicide Squad was a box office success,[99] grossing $325.1 million in the United States and Canada and $421.7 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $746.8 million, against a production budget of $175 million ($325 million including advertising and promotion costs).[3][100][101] Suicide Squad was highly anticipated by audiences worldwide, despite negative early reviews and lower-than-expected box office performance of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March.[2] It recorded a worldwide opening of $267.1 million from 59 countries and IMAX global debut of $18.2 million, both set new records for the month of August.[102] That is also the second-best debut worldwide for a DC property after Dawn of Justice ($422.5 million) and the seventh-best for a superhero title.[103] The Hollywood Reporter highlighted that Dawn of Justice had an advantage of receiving a coveted day-and-date release with China, while Suicide Squad did not secure a release date in the country.[104] Forbes pointed out that had the film secured a release in China, it might well have matched or topped the $773 million total of Guardians of the Galaxy and the $782 million gross of Deadpool.[99] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $158.45 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film, making it the 10th-most-profitable release of 2016.[105]

North AmericaEdit

Projections for its opening weekend in the United States and Canada were being continuously revised upwards starting from $100 million to as high as $150 million.[106] The film opened across 4,255 theaters, the widest for the month of August. Of that, 382 theaters were in IMAX, over 490 large-format screens locations, 270-plus drive-ins, 180-plus D-Box locations and over 200 dine-in/luxury theaters.[107] It opened Friday, August 5, 2016, on about 11,000 screens and earned $65.1 million, marking the biggest August opening and single day, and the third-biggest opening-day gross of 2016. Of that, $5.8 million came from IMAX theaters, also a new August record.[108] This includes $20.5 million it earned from Thursday previews, which began at 6:00 pm, setting the record for biggest-ever preview of August and the second-biggest for a non-sequel film (behind Man of Steel). IMAX comprised $2.4 million (12%) of that figure.[109][110] Much like Batman v Superman and The Dark Knight Rises, however, the film saw a steep Friday-to-Saturday decline, grossing $38.8 million (a drop of 41%).[103][111] In total, it earned $133.7 million in its opening weekend, setting records for the month of August (previously held by Guardians of the Galaxy) and for Will Smith's career (I Am Legend).[103] It is also the second-biggest debut for a non-sequel, behind The Hunger Games ($152 million), the fourth-biggest of the year and the fifth-biggest for Warner Bros.[103][111] IMAX made up $11 million of the opening numbers from 382 theaters, $200,000 shy of breaking Guardians of the Galaxy's record. Nevertheless, it did beat Guardians of the Galaxy's $7.6 million in terms of premium large format screens which comprised $13 million. For Cinemark XD screens, which made $3.2 million, the sixth-highest opening.[103]

The opening numbers helped Warner Bros. push past the $1 billion mark in North America for the sixteenth year in a row. The film also helped the total weekend tickets sales to an unprecedented $221.3 million in August. Previously, August has not exceeded $200 million at the box office in a single weekend in North America.[103][112][113] Suicide Squad scored a massive debut primarily on the backs of the under-35 set which made up 76% of the opening weekend.[114] Audiences were also diverse, with African Americans and Hispanic Americans making up 41% of the patrons.[114]

Following its record breaking opening weekend, it posted the biggest August Monday gross with $13.1 million, a drop of 56.5% from its Sunday gross. This broke Guardians of the Galaxy's previous record of $11.7 million,[115][116] and also the biggest August Tuesday with $14.3 million, up 9% from its Monday take.[117] The film has earned the biggest Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in August history.[118] It made $179.1 million in its first week of release, the fourth-biggest of the year.[119] Despite earning $13.4 million on its second Friday, the film dropped 79%, slightly less than Batman v Superman's 81% drop.[120] Following a first-place finish in its first weekend of release, the film faced a steep decline of 67.2% in its second weekend, earning an estimated $43.8 million to score the biggest August second-weekend gross. It also passed the $200 million mark in ten days and was able to hold the top spot for the second time in a row despite competition from the comedy Sausage Party.[121] However, the drop is one of the biggest declines for a studio superhero film, and for Warner Bros., which The Hollywood Reporter called it "deja vu all over again" after Batman v Superman tumbled 69% in its second weekend earlier in the year. The second weekend decline is the second biggest in summer history, behind Warcraft's historic 70% drop in June of the same year. The site also highlighted possible reasons for the significantly steep drop: dismal reviews, general apathy among moviegoers, altering movie-going habits and competition.[122][123]

After three weeks of holding the top spot, it was overtaken by Don't Breathe on its fourth weekend.[124] It maintained the second spot in its fifth weekend and registered its best hold with a 20% decline while also passing the $300 million threshold[125][126] on its thirty-second day of release.[127] It remained in the top ten for eight weekends until falling off in its ninth weekend.[128]

Other territoriesEdit

Internationally, Suicide Squad secured a release in approximately 62 countries.[129] It was released in 57 countries (70% of the marketplace) in conjuncture with its North American debut, including France, South Korea, Australia, Russia and the CIS, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Spain and Mexico beginning from Wednesday, August 3. According to trackings, the film was projected to have an opening anywhere between $85 million to $120 million, which would be a new August international debut record.[130][131] Deadline Hollywood pointed out that although the film is a lesser-known property, similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, stars such as Will Smith are better known internationally, which could potentially aid the film's performance.[130] It opened Wednesday, August 3, 2016, in 7 countries, earning $8.1 million.[132] It opened in 50 more countries on August 4 and 5, earning $53.8 million for a three-day total of $64.6 million from 57 countries.[132] Through Sunday, August 7, it delivered a five-day opening of $133.3 million from 57 countries on 17,630 screens, nearly double the previous August record held by Guardians of the Galaxy. It also set IMAX opening record with $7 million.[133] It added $58.7 million on its second weekend, a drop of 57% on 15,600 screens in 62 territories.[134] After two straight wins, it was overtaken by the animated The Secret Life of Pets in its third weekend.[135]

It recorded the biggest opening day of all time for Warner Bros. in Russia ($3.9 million), the biggest August opening day in the United Kingdom ($6.2 million), Brazil ($3 million), South Korea ($2.9 million, also the second biggest Warner Bros. opening day), France ($2.7 million), Sweden ($564,000) and Holland ($517,000, also the biggest opening of the year).[132] Mexico and Spain opened with $3.9 million and $1.4 million, respectively.[132] In terms of opening weekend, the film recorded the biggest Warner Bros. opening of all time in Russia ($11.4 million). In Brazil, despite playing amidst the 2016 Summer Olympics, it managed to open with $11.75 million, marking the biggest August opening weekend of all time, the biggest Will Smith opening, and the fourth-biggest opening for a superhero film. Its opening numbers alone made it the second-biggest film for the studio there.[133] In South Korea, although the film was off to a strong start, it was eventually overtaken by The Last Princess and Operation Chromite debuting at No. 3. It made $10.8 million in five days (Wednesday to Sunday).[133][136] The UK and Ireland posted the biggest opening market for the film with £11.25 million ($14.8 million) from 573 theaters.[citation needed] Discounting previews, it delivered the third-biggest UK opening of the year, behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (£14.62 million) and Captain America: Civil War (£14.47 million). It also became the first newly released film of August since 2014 to debut above £3 million.[133][137] Elsewhere, it scored the biggest August opening in Australia ($10.5 million), Mexico ($10.4 million) and Argentina ($2.5 million), while in Spain, it recorded the biggest DC opening with $3.4 million, where it was behind The Secret Life of Pets for the weekend and France a $7.9 million opening.[133] It opened in first place in India for a non-local film with $1.8 million from 462 screens, despite facing competition from Jason Bourne ($1.1 million from 1,027 screens) which also opened on the same weekend. Despite the later film occupying twice the screen number of the former, Suicide Squad managed to take the top spot.[138] Italy opened with an estimated $2.2 million in two days, that's the biggest opening for Smith there.[134] It opened in first place in Germany with $6.9 million.[135] It opened in Japan—the film's last market—on September 9 where it debuted with $3.8 million.[139] It finished in second spot (and first among new releases) behind local anime Your Name. With such a robust opening, Variety projected that the film would end its run there around $20 million.[140] It has so far grossed $9.4 million there.[129]

In terms of total earnings, its biggest market outside of North America is the UK ($43.3 million), followed by Brazil ($35.1 million) and Mexico ($27.1 million).[139] In two weeks, it became the second-highest-grossing Warner Bros. film of all time in Brazil behind Dawn of Justice.[141]

Critical responseEdit

 
Several months after the film's release, writer and director David Ayer stated that he would have done some elements of Suicide Squad differently.[142]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 26% based on 387 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing."[143] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average of 40 out of 100, based on 53 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[144] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 73% overall positive score.[65]

Rolling Stone's Peter Travers wrote, "DC Comics tries something different with Suicide Squad, an all-star collection of crime fighting villains—and the result is anything but super."[145] Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair said, "Suicide Squad is just bad. It's ugly and boring, a toxic combination that means the film's highly fetishized violence doesn't even have the exciting tingle of the wicked or the taboo."[146] Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern heavily criticized the film saying, "In a word, Suicide Squad is trash. In two words, it's ugly trash." He further said, it "amounts to an all-out attack on the whole idea of entertainment," and called the film a product of "shameless pandering".[147]

Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film B− saying, "Suicide Squad kicks off with fizzy, punk-rock ferocity before turning flat and spiraling into familiar formulas," and called Jared Leto's "scene-stealing" Joker "wasted" and "stranded in the periphery". He concluded by saying, "For DC, Suicide Squad is a small step forward. But it could have been a giant leap."[148] IGN gave the film 5.9/10, saying: "Suicide Squad is a decidedly different flavor than Batman v Superman. It goes for subversive, funny and stylish, and it succeeds wildly during the first act. But then the movie turns into something predictable and unexciting."[149] Drew McWeeny from HitFix gave it a positive review, writing "Suicide Squad is not the darkest mainstream superhero comic book movie ever made, nor is it even the darkest live-action film featuring Batman ever made. However, it is gleefully nihilistic, and it takes a different approach to what has become a fairly familiar story form at this point, right at the moment when it feels like superhero movies either have to evolve or die."[150] Brian Truitt from USA Today wrote, "Compared to its ilk, Suicide Squad is an excellently quirky, proudly raised middle finger to the staid superhero-movie establishment."[151]

Margot Robbie's performance as Harley Quinn was well received, with many critics eager to see more of the character in future films.[148][152][153][154][155] In January 2017, David Ayer said he wished he had done certain things differently in the film including story elements, as well as giving more screen time to the Joker.[142] Ayer has since admitted that he had objectified the presence of Quinn in the film, and has apologised for his treatment of her character also.[156]

Cast receptionEdit

During an appearance on the “Just For Variety” podcast in June 2021, Joel Kinnaman said that he was disappointed with Suicide Squad: "I thought the first 40 minutes of the film were fucking great, and then there were conflicting visions and it just didn’t end up being what we all hoped it was. It didn’t feel like the movie that we hoped we were going to make."[157]

AccoladesEdit

Suicide Squad was nominated for various awards, winning several. Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for their work on the film, making Suicide Squad the first film in the DC Extended Universe to win an Academy Award.[158] Additionally, Margot Robbie won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie and the film received three Grammy Award nominations.

FutureEdit

The film's mid-credit scene leads to the 2017 film Justice League. There have additionally been multiple spin-offs and sequels announced to be in development:

SequelEdit

The Suicide Squad was announced with intention that David Ayer would return as director from the first film. Ayer left the project to work on Gotham City Sirens instead.[159] This followed with Gavin O'Connor hired as co-screenwriter-director, while production was originally slated to begin October 2018, though the script's similarities to Birds of Prey led to principal photography delays. James Gunn was later hired to re-write the screenplay.[160][161][162][163][164][165] It is scheduled to be released on August 5, 2021 in RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D.[166] It was announced that Gunn will direct the film, and that it will carry an R rating instead of PG-13.

In February 2019, Margot Robbie was confirmed to reprise her role as Harley Quinn.[167] In March 2019, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Idris Elba was cast as Deadshot, replacing Will Smith who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.[168] Peter Safran, who produced Aquaman and Shazam!, stated that the film will be more of a soft reboot than a sequel with mostly new characters in the film.[169] Production was scheduled to begin later that year in September in Atlanta, Georgia.[170][171][172][173] On March 29, 2019, it was reported that Jai Courtney will reprise his role as George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang,[174] while on April 5, it was reported that the character of Deadshot was removed from the film and that Elba would be playing a different character, Bloodsport instead in order to leave an opportunity for Smith to return in the future.[175] That same day, it was also reported that both Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman will reprise their roles as Amanda Waller and Rick Flag.[176][177] By April 2019, David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior were cast as Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher, while John Cena was in talks for the role of Peacemaker.[178][179][180] In May 2019, Benicio del Toro was reported to be in talks to play the film's villain.[181][182]

On July 10, 2019, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Storm Reid will play Idris Elba's character's daughter.[183] On August 19, 2019, Flula Borg joined the cast.[184] On August 24, 2019, Deadline reported that Steve Agee would voice King Shark.[185] The next day, Deadline reported Nathan Fillion had joined the cast.[186] The day after that, it was revealed that Taika Waititi was cast in an undisclosed role.[187] On September 3, 2019, Deadline reported that Peter Capaldi was cast in a role and Pete Davidson is in talks for a role.[188] On September 13, 2019, Gunn released the full cast list for the film, confirming Cena's and Davidson's involvement as well as announcing that Michael Rooker, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Alice Braga, Tinahe Kajese, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Mayling Ng and Joaquín Cosío would appear in undisclosed roles.[189][190]

Spin-offsEdit

After the release and financial success of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. and DC Films announced six separate films being developed featuring Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn.[191][192][193] Various sources report that the studios plan on featuring the anti-heroine in a trilogy of films for the character's first story-arc.[194][195][196]

  • Gotham City Sirens: Gotham City Sirens is set to be directed by David Ayer, with a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet.[192] The project was originally scheduled to begin production mid-2017, though the film was delayed due to the production team's busy schedules on other projects,[192] and in favor of Birds of Prey.[200][201] Despite the project's delay, Ayer has continued to work on developing the film.[202][203] In January 2020, Ayer told /Film that the film was currently on hold.[204]
  • Untitled Deadshot film: In December 2016, a film centered around Floyd Lawton / Deadshot was announced in development.[205]
  • Untitled Harley Quinn film: In late May 2020, it was announced that Warner Bros are in talks to make another Harley Quinn film set after The Suicide Squad.[206]
  • Untitled Joker film: In June 2018, Variety reported that Leto would reprise his role as Joker for his own solo movie as well as serve as executive producer for the film while also hiring its production crew.[207] By February 2019, the film had been cancelled, and a standalone film, Joker, was released later that year.[208]
  • Untitled Harley Quinn and Joker film: The film, with the working title Harley Quinn vs. the Joker, was announced with filmmaking duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa attached as co-writers/-directors/-producers.[209] By October 2018 the script was completed, and though the project was originally intended to begin production immediately after The Suicide Squad, the filmmakers have since stated that production would begin once filming on Birds of Prey has wrapped.[193][210][211] By February 2019, the film had been cancelled.[208]

#ReleaseTheAyerCut movementEdit

Following the announcement of Zack Snyder's Justice League in May 2020 due to the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement campaign, fans have commenced a new campaign under the name #ReleaseTheAyerCut, which director and writer David Ayer supported. He has requested assistance in bringing his own vision into HBO Max, where Snyder's cut was released in 2021.[212][213]

In July 2020, Ayer stated how his vision was changed due to the success of Deadpool and the negative criticism received by Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, highlighting an early trailer that "nailed the tone and intention of the film [he] made", saying that his "soulful drama was beaten into a 'comedy'".[214][215] Later that month, Ayer confirmed that a director's cut for Suicide Squad "definitely exists" and requested that AT&T "[let] it see the sunlight".[216] Ayer confirmed that the official movie novelization by Marv Wolfman is closer to his original cut than the cinematic release.[217] Affleck's stunt double Richard Cetrone said the film would have included "more Batman".[218]

Many Suicide Squad cast and crew members, and other directors of DCEU movies or actors, have voiced their support for a release of the director's cut.[219]

In March 2021, Ann Sarnoff, the current chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., said that the company has no intentions to release Ayer's cut of the film.[220] Her comment lead to Ayer reaching out to Entertainment Weekly to explain why his film didn't release in the way he wanted in 2016 "it just scared the [shit] out of the executives" to keep fan interest in his version of the film alive.[221] Despite Sarnoff's comments, fans have continued to campaign for the cut, with it trending on Twitter with 80 thousand tweets March 22, 2021,[222] and again on April 16, 2021 this time reaching over 100 thousand tweets.[223]

In July 2021, Ayer once again criticized the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad on his Twitter account before praising James Gunn's sequel, adamantly stating that "the studio cut [was] not [his] movie".[224]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ As depicted in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  2. ^ As depicted in the 2017 film Justice League and its 2021 director's cut.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Suicide Squad (2016)". British Board of Film Classification. July 26, 2016. Archived from the original on July 28, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Rottenberg, Josh (August 1, 2016). "The pressures behind 'Suicide Squad,' the DC Comics movie that Warner Bros. needs to work, and work big". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Suicide Squad (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  4. ^ Holmes, Adam (July 19, 2016). "New Suicide Squad Video Shines The Spotlight On Will Smith's Deadshot". CinemaBlend.
  5. ^ a b c d Kroll, Justin (December 2, 2014). "'Suicide Squad' Cast Revealed: Jared Leto to Play the Joker, Will Smith is Deadshot". Variety. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Hawkes, Rebecca (May 26, 2015). "Suicide Squad: everything you need to know". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on June 6, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "'Suicide Squad': Meet the Roster of Rogues". Entertainment Weekly. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Stolworthy, Jacob (December 13, 2016). "Will Smith explains why he chose Suicide Squad over Independence Day 2". The Independent. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  9. ^ de Semlyen, Nick (December 2015). "Superbad". Empire. pp. 64–73.
  10. ^ Sperling, Nicole (April 15, 2016). "Jared Leto dives deep to play The Joker in Suicide Squad". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  11. ^ Gottlieb, Meryl. "A music icon inspired Jared Leto's Joker in 'Suicide Squad'". Insider.
  12. ^ Evry, Max (July 20, 2016). "Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Promo Gives You the Giggles". superherohype.com.
  13. ^ a b c d e De Semlyen, Phil (October 29, 2015). "New Suicide Squad Images: Killer Croc And Amanda Waller". Empire. Accessed October 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "Margot Robbie explains why Harley Quinn is the most manipulative member of the 'Suicide Squad'". Los Angeles Times. April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  15. ^ Beedle, Tim (December 2, 2014). "Breaking News: The Suicide Squad is Cast!". DC Comics. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  16. ^ a b c Trumbore, Dave (July 11, 2015). "Suicide Squad Cast Reveals First Trailer At Comic-Con". Collider. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  17. ^ Eckstein, David (July 11, 2015). "'Suicide Squad' Cast Rolls Into Comic-Con After All". HitFix. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  18. ^ a b Topel, Fred (January 7, 2015). "Viola Davis Talks Amanda Waller in 'Suicide Squad'". nerdreport.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j de Semlyen, Nick (December 2015). "Superbad". Empire. pp. 64–73.
  20. ^ "Suicide Squad - Boomerang Promo Clip". YouTube. July 16, 2016. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  21. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (March 31, 2015). "Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje to Play Killer Croc in WB's 'Suicide Squad' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  22. ^ "A.R.G.U.S." Warner Bros. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  23. ^ Mancuso, Vinnie (November 25, 2018). "'Suicide Squad' Originally Included Steppenwolf, Says David Ayer". Collider.
  24. ^ a b c d "'Suicide Squad': First Cast Photo Revealed". Variety. April 8, 2015. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  25. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (September 6, 2016). "How Shia LaBeouf Stopped Drinking and Found the Career He Wanted". Variety.
  26. ^ Woods, John (April 9, 2015). "Adam Beach to play DC Comics villain Slipknot in new film". Winnipeg Free Press.
  27. ^ a b Truitt, Brian (January 10, 2016). "2016 brings Batman, Superman and the 'Dawn' of a new superhero universe". USA Today. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  28. ^ Kit, Borys (July 28, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Adds Key DC Character Weeks Before Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  29. ^ Reilly, Luke. "Another Major DC Character to Appear in 'Suicide Squad'". IGN.com.
  30. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (August 5, 2016). "Suicide Squad's Mysterious Second Villain, Incubus, Revealed". IGN. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  31. ^ Ayer, David [@DavidAyerMovies] (May 22, 2020). "It's a long scene and Joker intimidated him into killing himself" (Tweet). Retrieved August 20, 2021 – via Twitter.
  32. ^ Kit, Borys (April 22, 2015). "Common Joins 'Suicide Squad' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  33. ^ "Suicide Squad: David Harbour's Dexter Tolliver Is A Comic Villain". ScreenRant. January 21, 2020.
  34. ^ Jayson, Jay. "Alex Meraz & David Harbour Join Suicide Squad; Viola Davis' Amanda Waller Haircut". ComicBook.com. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  35. ^ Kroll, Justin. "'Twilight' Actor Joins 'Suicide Squad'". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  36. ^ Burlingame, Russ. "Suicide Squad's Jim Parrack Seemingly Confirmed As Johnny Frost". Comicbook.com.
  37. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (August 2, 2016). "Canadian Shailyn Pierre-Dixon on playing Zoe Lawton, Deadshot's daughter in 'Suicide Squad'". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  38. ^ Begley, Chris (November 15, 2016). "David Ayer has a cool cameo in 'Suicide Squad: Extended Cut'". batman-news. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  39. ^ Kit, Borys. "Scribe In for 'Suicide Squad' Pact". The Hollywood Reporter. February 25, 2009.
  40. ^ Mcnary, Dave (February 26, 2009). "Warner Bros. sets up 'Suicide Squad'". Variety. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  41. ^ "Warner Bros. Circling David Ayer for DC Comics' 'Suicide Squad' (Exclusive)". Variety. September 19, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  42. ^ de Semlyen, Phil (October 20, 2014). "David Ayer Talks DC's Suicide Squad". Empire. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  43. ^ a b Masters, Kim (August 3, 2016). "'Suicide Squad's' Secret Drama: Rushed Production, Competing Cuts, High Anxiety". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  44. ^ Lesnick, Silas (October 15, 2014). "Suicide Squad Targets Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy!". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  45. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 7, 2014). "Jared Leto Eyed to Play The Joker in WB's 'Suicide Squad'". TheWrap. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  46. ^ Sneider, Jeff (December 2, 2014). "Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie Set for 'Suicide Squad'". thewrap.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  47. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 2, 2014). "'Suicide Squad' Cast Revealed: Jared Leto to Play the Joker, Will Smith is Deadshot". Variety. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  48. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (December 5, 2014). ""Suicide Squad" Creator Weighs In on Film Casting, Concept". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  49. ^ Collura, Scott (January 15, 2015). "Tom Hardy Drops Out of Suicide Squad". IGN.
  50. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 21, 2015). "'Suicide Squad': Jake Gyllenhaal Passes on Rick Flag Role". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  51. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 21, 2015). "Jake Gyllenhaal Passes on 'Suicide Squad'". Variety. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  52. ^ Fanai, Amy (February 17, 2017). "Will This Controversial Actor Actually Be Directing Suicide Squad 2?". QuirkyByte.
  53. ^ Sneider, Jeff; Ge, Linda (February 13, 2015). "Joel Kinnaman to Replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flag in WB's 'Suicide Squad'". The Wrap.
  54. ^ Sneider, Jeff (February 18, 2015). "Jay Hernandez Joining Will Smith, Jared Leto in WB's 'Suicide Squad' (Exclusive)". thewrap.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  55. ^ etalk [@etalkCTV] (February 24, 2015). "VIDEO - @violadavis confirms to @BenMulroney she'll play Amanda Waller in #SuicideSquad shooting in Toronto! #etalk" (Tweet). Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Twitter.
  56. ^ Buffery, Steve (March 27, 2015). "Olubowale's back and ready to rumble with Ruddock". Toronto Sun. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  57. ^ etalk [@etalkCTV] (March 29, 2015). "#Breaking - @ScottEastwood confirms to #etalk he's been in Toronto working on #SuicideSquad. More to come tomorrow" (Tweet). Retrieved March 30, 2015 – via Twitter.
  58. ^ "Suicide Squad Will Officially Start Filming April 13th". DC Comics Movie. March 27, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  59. ^ Ayer, David [@DavidAyerMovies] (April 13, 2015). "Day 1 #SuicideSquad" (Tweet). Retrieved April 13, 2015 – via Twitter.
  60. ^ Christine (April 24, 2015). "'Suicide Squad' filming locations in Toronto on April 26 & 27". On Location Vacations. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  61. ^ Christine (April 29, 2015). "'Suicide Squad' is filming a "snowstorm" scene in Toronto tonight". On Location Vacations. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  62. ^ "Entertainment City: 'Suicide Squad'". News1130. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  63. ^ Perry, Spencer (August 24, 2015). "Production Wraps on Suicide Squad Movie". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  64. ^ Ayer, David [@DavidAyerMovies] (August 28, 2015). "It's a wrap folks! #SuicideSquad #WarnerBros #DCcomics" (Tweet). Retrieved November 16, 2015 – via Twitter.
  65. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 8, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' $133.6M Opening Breaks August Record To Push Warner Bros. Past $1B Domestic – Monday Final". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  66. ^ "Suicide Squad 'Justice League' Cameo Scene". August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  67. ^ Ayer, David [@DavidAyerMovies] (June 24, 2016). "Squad is completed! Finished final mix and coloring. Now it's off to the lab and then the world. Nothing like it out there. It.Is.a.Beast" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  68. ^ Russel, Bradley (November 2, 2020). "David Ayer says his original Suicide Squad cut was "ripped to pieces" by the studio". Total Film. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  69. ^ Alexander, Susannah (May 19, 2020). "Suicide Squad director David Ayer confirms his original plans for DC film's ending". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  70. ^ McClendon, Lamarco (August 5, 2016). "'Suicide Squad': Jared Leto Addresses How Many Joker Scenes Were Cut". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  71. ^ Flesch, Eli (August 4, 2016). "'Suicide Squad': Jared Leto Teases Joker Scenes That Were Cut From the Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  72. ^ Osborn, Alex (August 16, 2016). "Joker Actor Jared Leto Reportedly Feels He Was "Tricked" Into Suicide Squad". IGN. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  73. ^ Porter, Matt (August 8, 2016). "Suicide Squad: Jared Leto Says He Shot Enough Joker Material for a Whole Movie, Lobbied for R Rating". IGN. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  74. ^ Seddon, Dan (July 31, 2018). "This Suicide Squad character was meant to survive". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  75. ^ "Why Suicide Squad Director David Ayer Says Harley Quinn's Story Arc Was 'Eviscerated'". CinemaBlend. April 11, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2021.

    "Slipknot Actor Adam Beach Teases Cool Deleted Backstory In David Ayer's Suicide Squad Cut, And Ayer Chimes In". Screen Rant. June 1, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

    "Sounds Like Suicide Sqaud's Ayer Cut Could Include More Batman". CinemaBlend. July 23, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

    "Suicide Squad: How The Director's Cut Is Different To 2016's Version". Screen Rant. July 22, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

    "Suicide Squad's Ayer Cut Had a Larger Role for Katana". Comic Book Resources. June 30, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

    "Suicide Squad Director Reveals Epic Deleted Scene For Katana". CinemaBlend. May 25, 2020. Retrieved April 16, 2021.


  76. ^ Bone, Christian (July 12, 2020). "Suicide Squad Director Confirms Ayer Cut Features Harley Quinn/Deadshot Romance". We Got This Covered. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  77. ^ "Suicide Squad: How The Director's Cut Is Different To 2016's Version". ScreenRant. July 22, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  78. ^ Chanliau, Pierre. "David Ayer Reveals One of Killer Croc's Controversial Suicide Squad Lines Wasn't Written by Him". thedirect.com. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  79. ^ Nebens, Richard. "David Ayer Says Geoff Johns Broke His Suicide Squad Timeline with Harley Quinn Addition". thedirect.com. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  80. ^ Ayer, David [@DavidAyerMovies] (July 10, 2020). "No I haven't. No it's much more score based" (Tweet). Retrieved August 20, 2021 – via Twitter.
  81. ^ Canfield, David (August 3, 2016). "Suicide Squad Was Literally Re-Edited by a Company That Makes Trailers". Slate Magazine. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  82. ^ "SUICIDE SQUAD - The Art of VFX". www.artofvfx.com. June 24, 2016.[dead link]
  83. ^ "Behind The Scenes Look At Suicide Squad Scoring Session". comicbook.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2016.
  84. ^ Burlingame, Russ (July 16, 2016). "Suicide Squad Official Score Tracklist Revealed". Comicbook.com. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  85. ^ Jayson, Jay (June 16, 2016). "Suicide Squad Movie Soundtrack Revealed". Comicbook.com. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  86. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (June 17, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Soundtrack: Skrillex & Rick Ross, Panic! at the Disco Cover 'Bohemian Rhapsody' & More". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  87. ^ Sonis, Rachel (June 22, 2016). "Twenty One Pilots Hang In A Prison For "Heathens" Video: Watch". Idolator. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  88. ^ "Skrillex teases 'Purple Lamborghini' music video". Instagram.
  89. ^ "Suicide Squad: The Album". iTunes Store. Archived from the original on August 4, 2016.
  90. ^ "Will Smith And Margot Robbie On The Red Carpet At The London Premiere Of Suicide Squad". Ikon London Magazine. August 4, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  91. ^ Fischer, Russ (October 15, 2014). "DC Comics Movies Announced: 'Suicide Squad,' 'Wonder Woman,' 'Justice League,' 'The Flash,' 'Aquaman'". /Film. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  92. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 12, 2015). "Will Comic Con Leaks Of 'Suicide Squad' And 'Deadpool' Stop Studios From Showing Exclusive Footage?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  93. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 13, 2015). "Warner Bros Releases 'Suicide Squad' Footage After Being Frustrated By Comic Con Pirates". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  94. ^ @SuicideSquadWB (October 5, 2016). "#SuicideSquad Extended Cut. Spread the word" (Tweet). Retrieved May 6, 2017 – via Twitter.
  95. ^ Couch, Aaron (October 5, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Extended Cut to Be Released After All". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  96. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (October 5, 2016). "SUICIDE SQUAD EXTENDED CUT COMING TO BLU-RAY". IGN. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  97. ^ "15 Things The Suicide Squad Novelization Reveals About The Movie". ScreenRant. August 22, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  98. ^ Squad", RubyGoldstone | 10/8/2020 Filed Under: "Suicide (October 8, 2020). "SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer Suggests His Vision Can (Mostly) Be Found In The Novelization". Comic Book Movie. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  99. ^ a b Scott Mendelson (September 26, 2016). "'Suicide Squad': Warner Bros. Did Everything Right Except Make A Good Movie". Forbes. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  100. ^ Brooks Barnes (August 7, 2016). "Making 'Suicide Squad' a Smash, Despite Withering Reviews". The New York Times. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  101. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (August 18, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Shoots Past $500M At Worldwide Box Office". Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  102. ^ Scott Mendelson (August 7, 2016). "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Nabs Huge $267M Global Debut". Forbes. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  103. ^ a b c d e f Anthony D'Alessandro (August 7, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Opening Weekend Now At $135.1M – Early Sunday AM Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  104. ^ Pamela McClintock (August 7, 2016). "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Opens to Big $135M But Drops Sharply Saturday". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  105. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 27, 2017). "No. 10 'Suicide Squad' Box Office Profits – 2016 Most Valuable Movie Blockbuster Tournament". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  106. ^ "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Tracking for Enormous $125M U.S. Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.

    "'Suicide Squad' Gunning For August & Will Smith Opening Records – Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. July 14, 2016.

    Busch, Anita (July 31, 2016). "'Bourne' Gets His $60M; 'Moms' Purses Mid-$20M; 'Nerve' Steady – Box Office Sunday AM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2016.

    Brevet, Brad (July 31, 2016). "'Jason Bourne' Tops Weekend with $60M; 'Star Trek Beyond' Suffers Big Second Weekend Drop". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

    McClintock, Pamela (August 2, 2016). "Box-Office Preview: Can 'Suicide Squad' Best 'Deadpool' in U.S. Debut?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2016.



  107. ^ Brad Brevet (August 4, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Set for August Opening Record Despite Negative Reviews". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  108. ^ Scott Mendelson (August 6, 2016). "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Scores Insane $65M Friday". Forbes. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  109. ^ Pamela McClintock and Rebecca Ford (August 5, 2016). "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Rockets to $20.5M Thursday Night". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  110. ^ Scott Mendelson (August 5, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Breaks First Box Office Record With $20.5M Thursday". Forbes. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  111. ^ a b Scott Mendelson (August 7, 2016). "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Scores Record-Crushing, But Front-Loaded, $135M Weekend". Forbes. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  112. ^ Brad Brevet (August 7, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Shoots Down August Record with $135 Million Opening". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  113. ^ "Weekend Index – Aug 5 - 7, 2016". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  114. ^ a b Scott Mendelson (August 11, 2016). "'Suicide Squad': 4 Reasons Its Box Office Blowout Is Good News". Forbes. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  115. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (August 9, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Secures Record Monday Haul For August, Eyes $51M-$54M In 2nd Weekend – B.O. Preview". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  116. ^ Scott Mendelson (August 9, 2016). "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Scores Solid $13M Monday For $146M In Total Earnings". Forbes. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  117. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (August 10, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Super Tuesday Not Only An August Record, But Also Beats 'Civil War'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  118. ^ Scott Mendelson (August 10, 2016). "Box Office 'Suicide Squad' Tops 'X-Men: Apocalypse' In Five Days". Forbes. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  119. ^ "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Ends First Week With $179.1M In Cumulative Earnings". Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  120. ^ Scott Mendelson (August 13, 2016). "Friday Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Plunges 79%, Holding No Better Than 'Batman V Superman'". Forbes. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  121. ^ Scott Mendelson (August 14, 2016). "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Tumbles 67% For $43.77M Weekend". Forbes. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  122. ^ Pamela McClintock (August 14, 2016). "Weekend Box Office: 'Sausage Party' Feasts on $33.6M; 'Pete's Dragon' Flounders". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  123. ^ Pamela McClintock (August 15, 2016). "Box-Office Analysis: 'Suicide Squad' and the Summer of Steep Second-Week Drops". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  124. ^ Pamela McClintock (August 28, 2016). "Weekend Box Office: 'Don't Breathe' Terrorizes Rivals With Winning $26.1M Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  125. ^ Scott Mendelson (September 4, 2016). "Box Office: 'Don't Breathe' Tops, 'Suicide Squad' Near $300M, 'Star Trek Beyond' Nabs $30M In China". Forbes. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  126. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (September 4, 2016). "'Don't Breathe' Still Has Oxygen, 'Suicide Squad' Seizes $300M+, 'Morgan' D.O.A. : Labor Day Weekend B.O. – Sunday Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  127. ^ Scott Mendelson (September 5, 2016). "Box Office: How 'Deadpool' Created Pie-In-The-Sky Expectations For 'Suicide Squad'". Forbes. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  128. ^ Scott Mendelson (October 2, 2016). "Box Office: 'Sully' Tops $100M, 'Suicide Squad' Exits Top Ten, 'Magnificent Seven' Stumbles". Forbes. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  129. ^ a b Nancy Tartaglione (September 18, 2016). "'Bridget Jones's Baby' Bows To $30M; 'Suicide Squad' Powers Past $400M – Intl Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  130. ^ a b Busch, Anita; Tartaglione, Nancy (August 2, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Will Rock August As 'Nine Lives' Cozies Up To Family Audience – Box Office Preview". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  131. ^ Lang, Brent (August 2, 2016). "Box Office: Can 'Suicide Squad' Survive Bad Reviews for Record-Breaking Weekend?". Variety. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  132. ^ a b c d Nancy Tartaglione (August 4, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Pummels $29.6M In Two Days Overseas – International Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  133. ^ a b c d e Nancy Tartaglione (August 8, 2016). "'Suicide Squad's Offshore Bow Rises To $133.3M Topping 'Deadpool' Comp – Intl Box Office Hot Actuals". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  134. ^ a b Nancy Tartaglione (August 14, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Rounds Up $243M Overseas & $465M Global Cumes; 'Pets' Prancing To $600M WW – Intl Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  135. ^ a b Nancy Tartaglione (August 22, 2016). "Universal Pictures 'Pets' Collars $674M WW; 'Suicide Squad' Necks $575M Through Sunday – Intl B.O. Final". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  136. ^ Sonia Kil (August 7, 2016). "Korea Box Office: 'Princess' Reigns Over Weekend, 'Squad' Opens Third". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  137. ^ Charles Gant (August 9, 2016). "Crime pays: DC's Suicide Squad tops UK box office with £11.25m". The Guardian. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  138. ^ Don Groves (August 7, 2016). "Indian Box Office: 'Dishoom' Stays Strong As 'Suicide Squad' Takes Top Spot Ahead Of 'Jason Bourne'". Forbes. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  139. ^ a b Anita Busch (September 13, 2016). "'Sully' Flies Higher In Offshore Debut; 'Suicide Squad' Squashes $700M WW – International Box Office Final". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  140. ^ Mark Schilling (September 12, 2016). "Japan Box Office: 'Your Name' Heads for Huge Success". Variety. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  141. ^ Scott Mendelson (August 14, 2016). "Box Office: 'Suicide Squad' Tops $465 Million Worldwide". Forbes. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  142. ^ a b Cabin, Chris (January 22, 2017). "David Ayer Pens Message About 'Suicide Squad' Reception & The Joker's Role". Collider. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  143. ^ "Suicide Squad". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  144. ^ "Suicide Squad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  145. ^ Travers, Peter. "'Suicide Squad' Review: DC Bad Guys' Movie is Anything but Super". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  146. ^ Lawson, Richard. "Suicide Squad Isn't Even the Good Kind of Bad". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  147. ^ Morgenstern, Joe (August 4, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Review: Weapon of Mass Depression - A team of DC Comics bad guys takes on worse guys in this summer extravaganza". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  148. ^ a b Nashawaty, Chris. "Suicide Squad: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  149. ^ Yehl, Joshua (August 2, 2016). "The DCEU strikes out with Task Force Meh". IGN. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  150. ^ McWeeny, Drew (August 2, 2016). "Review: 'Suicide Squad' won't save the world, but it just might save DC". HitFix. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  151. ^ Truitt, Brian (August 2, 2016). "Review: 'Suicide Squad' finds sincerity in insanity". USA Today. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  152. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (August 3, 2016). "'Suicide Squad' Director Responds to Negative Reviews". Variety. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  153. ^ "Review: Harley Quinn's star is born amid sloppy 'Suicide Squad'". WTOP-FM. August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  154. ^ David Betancourt. "Harley Quinn could be 2016's most popular movie character". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  155. ^ "Harley Quinn steps up to plate in 'Suicide Squad'". ClickOnDetroit.com. August 4, 2016. Archived from the original on August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  156. ^ "David Ayer apologises for how he used Harley Quinn in 'Suicide Squad'". NME. April 20, 2020. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  157. ^ Yuma, Jennifer (August 4, 2021). "Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and John Cena Weigh In on David Ayer's Cut of 'Suicide Squad'".
  158. ^ "THE 89TH ACADEMY AWARDS 2017". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. February 26, 2017. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  159. ^ "Why David Ayer Is Directing Gotham City Sirens Instead Of Suicide Squad 2". Cinemablend. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  160. ^ "Here's Why Gavin O'Connor Is No Longer Directing 'Suicide Squad 2'". Archived from the original on November 21, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  161. ^ "Todd Stashwick Talks '12 Monkeys', 'Kim Possible', 'Suicide Squad 2 & More. (EXCLUSIVE)". September 15, 2018. Archived from the original on September 20, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  162. ^ Sandy Schaefer (December 11, 2017). "Suicide Squad 2 Production Start Set for 2018". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on December 18, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  163. ^ Marc, Christopher (August 18, 2018). "UPDATE: WILL SMITH SETS PRODUCTION SCHEDULES FOR BAD BOYS FOR LIFE AND BRIGHT 2 AS SUICIDE SQUAD 2 IS DELAYED". OmegaUnderground. TheGWW. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  164. ^ Gonzalez, Umberto; Verhoeven, Beatrice (October 9, 2018). "James Gunn in Talks to Write Suicide Squad 2 for DC, Eyed to Direct (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Archived from the original on October 9, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  165. ^ Prasad, R.A (October 11, 2018). "Suicide Squad 2: Director Zack Snyder & Geoff Johns Reportedly On Producer Team". PursueNews. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  166. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 30, 2019). "Warner Bros. Release Dates Galore: 'Doctor Sleep' Checks In This November, 'The Witches' Oct. 2020; 'The Suicide Squad' Returns In 2021". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  167. ^ Hughes, Mark (February 13, 2019). "Why The Future Of DCEU Movies Looks Brighter Than Ever (Updated)". Forbes. Archived from the original on February 28, 2019. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  168. ^ Pountain, David (March 6, 2019). "Idris Elba in Talks to Replace Will Smith in 'Suicide Squad' Sequel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  169. ^ Shirey, Paul (March 16, 2019). "Ex. Shazam! producer talks James Gunn on both The Suicide Squad & GOTGv3". JoBlo. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  170. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 27, 2019). "Will Smith Will Not Return As Deadshot In James Gunn's 'Suicide Squad 2'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 28, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  171. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 27, 2019). "Will Smith Exits 'Suicide Squad' Sequel (Exclusive)". Variety. Archived from the original on February 28, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  172. ^ Couch, Aaron; McClintock, Pamela (January 30, 2019). "'The Batman,' 'The Suicide Squad' Set 2021 Release Dates". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  173. ^ Mancuso, Vinnie (January 30, 2019). "James Gunn to Direct 'Suicide Squad 2′ for Warner Bros". Collider. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  174. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (March 29, 2019). "Jai Courtney says he will be back playing Captain Boomerang in the James Gunn 'Suicide Squad' movie". Business Insider. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  175. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 5, 2019). "'The Suicide Squad': Deadshot Removed from Sequel as Idris Elba Moves to New Character (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  176. ^ Gonzalez, Umberto (April 5, 2019). "Viola Davis to Return as Amanda Waller in James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  177. ^ Fisher, Jacob (April 5, 2019). "Joel Kinnaman Set To Reprise His Role In James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad' (EXCLUSIVE)". Discussing Film. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  178. ^ Goldberg, Matt (April 29, 2019). "'The Suicide Squad' Casts David Dastmalchian as Outlandish Villain". Collider. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  179. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 30, 2019). "Newcomer Daniela Melchior Eyed For Ratcatcher Role in 'Suicide Squad' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  180. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 17, 2019). "John Cena Eyed for 'Suicide Squad' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  181. ^ Gonzalez, Umberto (May 9, 2019). "Michael Rooker in Talks to Play King Shark in 'The Suicide Squad' (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  182. ^ Polito, Thomas (May 10, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: BENICIO DEL TORO EYED FOR VILLAIN ROLE IN 'THE SUICIDE SQUAD'". Geeks WorldWide. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  183. ^ Kit, Borys (July 10, 2019). "Storm Reid Joins Idris Elba in James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  184. ^ Pearson, Ben (August 19, 2019). "'The Suicide Squad' Adds 'Pitch Perfect 2' Actor Flula Borg". /Film.
  185. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 24, 2019). "Comedian Steve Agee Joining James Gunn's 'Suicide Squad' Gang". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  186. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 25, 2019). "Nathan Fillion Boarding James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  187. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 27, 2019). "Taika Waititi In Talks For Role In James Gunn's 'Suicide Squad'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  188. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 3, 2019). "'Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi Joining James Gunn's 'The Suicide Squad'; Is 'SNL's Pete Davidson Next". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  189. ^ "Full Suicide Squad 2 Cast Confirmed (But James Gunn Teases He'll Kill Some Off)". ScreenRant. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  190. ^ "Looks Like Michael Rooker Will Not Play King Shark In Suicide Squad 2, Y'all". CINEMABLEND. May 13, 2019. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  191. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 2, 2016). "Will Smith, David Ayer Reteaming on Max Landis Spec 'Bright'". Variety. Archived from the original on September 29, 2016. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  192. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (December 13, 2016). "David Ayer, Margot Robbie Reteam for All-Female DC Villains Movie 'Gotham City Sirens' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 13, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  193. ^ a b "Warner Bros. is Developing Harley Quinn vs The Joker Spinoff". July 21, 2017. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  194. ^ "Harley Quinn Rumored To Be Getting Her Own DC Trilogy". CinemaBlend. January 18, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  195. ^ "Rumor: Warner Bros Exploring 'Harley Quinn' Trilogy: 'Birds Of Prey'; 'Gotham City Sirens'; 'Birds Of Prey v Gotham City Sirens'". thegww.com. January 17, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  196. ^ "Harley Quinn Trilogy Rumored To Be In The Works". ComicBook.com. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  197. ^ Kit, Borys (May 16, 2016). "Harley Quinn Movie in the Works at Warner Bros. With Margot Robbie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 17, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  198. ^ McMillan, Graeme (May 16, 2016). "Which DC Heroes Could Join Harley Quinn in a Spinoff Movie?". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  199. ^ Josh Weiss (February 5, 2020). "Critics say Birds of Prey is a stylized, Deadpool-esque romp that mostly hits its mark". SyFy Wire. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  200. ^ "Mark Hughes on Twitter". Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  201. ^ "The Harley Quinn Spinoff Might Be an "R-Rated Girl Gang Film," Says Margot Robbie". May 8, 2018. Archived from the original on June 11, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  202. ^ "Director David Ayer Debunks Rumors Suggesting 'Gotham City Sirens' Is Dead". Archived from the original on September 29, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  203. ^ "Suicide Squad Director Meets With Gotham City Sirens Creator". August 2, 2018. Archived from the original on September 29, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  204. ^ "'Gotham City Sirens' on Hold, 'Bright 2' Still in the Works Says David Ayer [TCA 2020]". /Film. January 8, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  205. ^ "Suicide Squad Deadshot Spinoff In The Works At Warner Brothers". comicbook.com. December 13, 2016.
  206. ^ Jenna Anderson (May 28, 2020). "Warner Bros. Reportedly in Talks Over Next Harley Quinn Movie". ComicBook. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  207. ^ Krell, Justin (June 5, 2018). "Jared Leto's Joker Is Getting His Own Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  208. ^ a b Hughes, Mark. "Why The Future Of DCEU Movies Looks Brighter Than Ever (Updated)". Forbes. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  209. ^ Stowe, Dusty (September 19, 2017). "Margot Robbie Praises Joker & Harley Quinn Movie Directors". ScreenRant. Archived from the original on October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  210. ^ "Joker and Harley Quinn Movie Coming from 'Crazy Stupid Love' Filmmakers (Exclusive)". Archived from the original on October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  211. ^ "The Joker and Harley Quinn spin-off's writers talk us through their 'deranged' mash-up of 'Bad Santa' and 'This Is Us'". September 20, 2018. Archived from the original on September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  212. ^ July 2020, Bradley Russell 02. "Suicide Squad Ayer Cut is real and now the director wants your help to get it released on HBO Max". SFX Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  213. ^ "'Suicide Squad' fans call for release of Ayer Cut following 'Justice League' announcement". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. May 21, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  214. ^ Ayer, David [@DavidAyerMovies] (May 30, 2020). "This trailer nailed the tone and intention of the film I made. Methodical. Layered. Complex, beautiful and sad" (Tweet). Retrieved August 4, 2020 – via Twitter.
  215. ^ "Suicide Squad Fans Are Making A Huge Push Today To Get David Ayer's Cut Released". CinemaBlend. July 20, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  216. ^ Ayer, David [@DavidAyerMovies] (July 1, 2020). "Cut definitely exists - you'll need to ask @ATT and @hbomax to let it see the sunlight" (Tweet). Retrieved August 4, 2020 – via Twitter.
  217. ^ Ayer, David [@DavidAyerMovies] (October 8, 2020). "Yes" (Tweet). Retrieved July 14, 2021 – via Twitter.
  218. ^ "Sounds Like Suicide Sqaud's Ayer Cut Could Include More Batman". CINEMABLEND. July 23, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  219. ^ "Jared Leto Is Backing An 'Ayer Cut' Suicide Squad Release". Game Rant. January 6, 2021. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

    Wilding, Josh (June 1, 2020). "SUICIDE SQUAD Star Adam Beach Reveals Scrapped Slipknot Scenes From The "Ayer Cut"". Comic Book Movie. Retrieved April 17, 2021.[better source needed]

    "Joel Kinnaman lends his support to The Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad and Jared Leto's Joker". Flickering Myth. January 26, 2021. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

    "Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie Reacts To Calls For The Ayer Cut". CinemaBlend. November 18, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

    Fisher, Ray [@ray8fisher] (September 9, 2020). "I know what I want for my next birthday: #ReleaseTheAyerCut" (Tweet). Retrieved July 31, 2021 – via Twitter.

    Olivia, Jay [@jayoliva1] (March 22, 2021). "I for one would love to see @DavidAyerMovies cut!" (Tweet). Retrieved July 27, 2021 – via Twitter.

    Eastwood, Scott [@LightsCameraPod] (July 2, 2020). "Scott Eastwood talked to us about @DavidAyerMovies, what got in the way of 'Suicide Squad' and the possibility of a director's cut" (Tweet). Retrieved July 31, 2021 – via Twitter.

    Porter, Ray [@Ray__Porter] (July 29, 2021). "You are an honorable person. And I love your movies. All respect to you sir" (Tweet). Retrieved July 31, 2021 – via Twitter.

    "Suicide Squad Star Jay Hernandez Hopeful for Ayer Cut Reveal at DC FanDome". ComicBook.com. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

    "Suicide Squad star responds to #ReleaseTheAyerCut campaign". Radio Times. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

  220. ^ Lang, Brent (March 22, 2021). "WarnerMedia's Ann Sarnoff on 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' and DC's Future". Variety. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  221. ^ "David Ayer has hope for his Suicide Squad cut after Zack Snyder's Justice League: 'I made an amazing movie'". Entertainment Weekly. March 30, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  222. ^ ""Release the Ayer Cut" Trends After WarnerMedia Announces They Won't Release Suicide Squad Ayer Cut". DC. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  223. ^ "#ReleaseTheAyerCut Trends Again as DC Fans Renew Call for 'Suicide Squad' Restoration". Movieweb. April 16, 2021. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  224. ^ Shanfield, Ethan (July 29, 2021). "David Ayer Slams Studio Cut of 'Suicide Squad,' Praises James Gunn's New Movie". Variety. Archived from the original on July 29, 2021. Retrieved July 29, 2021.

External linksEdit