Suicide Squad cameo

For months now we’ve heard about how tight the cast of Suicide Squad is, and that camaraderie was definitely on display at the film’s New York press conference this weekend. The stars, director David Ayer, and producers Richard Suckle and Charles Roven talked about the pressures of making the film, the lengths they went to in order to research their roles. They also talked about the unusual and welcome diversity of the Suicide Squad line-up, and some of the crazier on-set antics (one of which involves a naked Jai Courtney).

Read everything we learned from the Suicide Squad press conference below.  Read More »

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Even your average non-geek will have a pretty good idea of who the Justice League or the X-Men or the Avengers are. But in comparison, the characters of Suicide Squad are a relatively unknown bunch. Aside from Harley Quinn, none of them are really what you’d call household names. And even if you do know these guys from the comics, the versions in the movie are all-new. No one’s met these iterations yet.

So during our set visit, we got the skinny on all the new bad guys and not-so-bad guys, from Amanda Waller to Deadshot to (of course) the Joker. Get all the new Suicide Squad character details below, including info on their backstories, costumes, and storylines.

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Warner Bros. expanded its DC cinematic universe in a big way this spring with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but fan reactions were mixed. Many complained the franchise was too dour, too grim, too serious. But Suicide Squad could just be the film to change all that.

When I visited the Toronto set of Suicide Squad last July, it was just days after the very first trailer had killed at Comic-Con — absolutely slaughtered, really. Suddenly, people who’d never even heard of the Suicide Squad a month ago (which is to say, pretty much everyone who doesn’t self-identify as a DC nerd) was dying to know more about this playful, colorful group of baddies. Who were these weirdos? What were they going to do in the DC universe? On day 68 of the film’s 98-day shoot, I joined a group of other journalists on set to find out.  Read More »

Suicide Squad Trailer Breakdown

You’ve probably already seen the new Suicide Squad trailer that was unveiled yesterday. You may have already seen it a few times because it is one seriously impressive piece of marketing that showcases a tone and style that no one saw coming. Warner Bros. has obviously taken a few cues from how Marvel sold Guardians of the Galaxy to introduce this gang of misfits and oddballs to a wider audience and it works absurdly well. Director David Ayer has cooked up something that takes place in the same world as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it looks completely different in just about every way.

While the trailer does a fairly good job of establishing the basic premise (the government recruits a bunch of imprisoned DC comics super villains into a task force that is forced to go on dangerous missions), it doesn’t delve into the plot specifics. At the same time, it’s bursting with mysterious images, insane moments, and surprising beats. This thing begs for a frame-by-frame breakdown.

And your wish is my command.

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Suicide Squad isn’t actually in theaters for another nine months, but you wouldn’t know that from the onslaught of promotional material flooding the web this week. Say what you will about the film itself, but the Suicide Squad marketing team clearly isn’t one for procrastinating.

Following four splashy magazine covers for Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), we have a new batch of Suicide Squad photos offering better looks at Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), and more. Check ’em out after the jump.  Read More »

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One of the buzziest trailers to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was Suicide Squad. As Russ put it, the footage teased “a viciously detailed film, with a real eye for keeping things grim and weird.” It won the interest of fans and non-fans alike. Which is all well and good for Warner Bros. — but if you fall into the latter category, you might’ve found yourself as confused by the trailer as you were intrigued.

While characters like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are familiar to just about everyone on the known planet, that’s definitely not the case with Suicide Squad. Fortunately, with over a year to go until the film’s release, there’s plenty of room to get your bearings, and with our help you’ll be caught up in no time at all. Hit the jump for our rundown of the Suicide Squad characters. Read More »

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For fans looking forward to Suicide Squad, you have to follow the film’s writer/director David Ayer on Twitter. The guy loves dropping great teases from the set and production of the film and his latest is the best yet. Production starts very soon on the DC Comics film, scheduled for release August 5, 2016, and Ayer posted a photo from the table read.

In the photo are Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Viola Davis and others. Noticeably absent is Jared Leto, who plays the Joker. Check out the Suicide Squad cast image below, which includes a few new faces too like Adam Beach and Ike Barinholtz.

UPDATE: We now know who Beach and Barinholtz are playing, as well as the new Deathstroke. Read More »

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Batman maybe fighting Superman in the next DC Universe film, but after that they’re really adding to his Rogue’s Gallery. We already know that the Joker will appear in Suicide Squad along side Harley Quinn, Enchantress, Captain Boomarang, Deadshot and Rick Flagg. Now, another major DC bad guy is joining the mix.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has been cast as Killer Croc in the David Ayer directed film. He’s best known for his role on Lost but also recently appeared in Thor: The Dark World, which should make comic fan’s heads spin.

Read more about the Killer Croc Suicide Squad casting and find out when the film takes place below.  Read More »


At this point you probably have a pretty good handle on the style of a Paul WS Anderson movie — he turns out one b-movie after another that use affordable effects, attractive stars and genre concepts to lure in audiences. And the audiences always seem to show up, making Anderson one of the more reliable directors from a business perspective.

Here, he changes things up a bit for Pompeii. The attractive cast is there (Kit Harinton, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega) as are the big digital effects and gritty but pretty violence. But there’s also a real historic backdrop — the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii after the explosion of the volcano Vesuvius — giving the story a real weight. Will it work? Get some idea via the new trailer below. Read More »

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Like the title characters of George Tillman Jr.‘s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. Mister (Skylan Brooks) is a 13-year-old whose recent flunking of the eighth grade is the least of his worries. His mom (Jennifer Hudson) is a drug addict who gets arrested and taken away, and he’s left to take care of the 9-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon), a neighbor kid in a similarly sad situation.

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