There’s really an X-Factor which The Suicide Squad carries, and it’s not the literal Task Force X that we’re talking about here. The X Factor is none other than James Gunn. He is coming in to deliver something very unique. That’s why for many of us are more excited for The Suicide Squad than The Batman. It is going to be an insane & fun ride, and there’s even reason to believe that the film might actually be R-Rated.
James Gunn announced a cast of 24 actors for this film. That’s just a lot for any movie to handle. There’s just no way that so many actors would get important characters to play. James Gunn tweeted all the names involved in this film with a caption – “Don’t get too attached”. This only meant one thing, i.e. a lot of characters are going to die.
Recent Set Photos showed the various funky characters that are coming into the film. We saw Nathan Fillion as Blackguard, Flula Borg as Javelin, Mailing Ng as Mongal, Pete Davidson as Savant, Sean Gunn as the CGI character Weasel & Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. All of these characters are totally unfamiliar for the general audience as other than Captain Boomerang, many of us will be hearing of these characters for the very first time.
We didn’t see the likes of Idris Elba, John Cena or other characters like Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, and others along with Jai Courtney and co. So, this makes us believe that there are going to be 2 teams of The Suicide Squad. The first one is going to include Captain Boomerang and the rest of the characters we saw with him and the second one (which is the main line up) will include Elba’s Vigilante, Cena’s Peacemaker, David Dastmalchian’s Polkadotman, Daniela Melchior’s Ratcatcher, Steve Agee’s King Shark & Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn under the leadership of Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg.
The theory is that all the members, except maybe Captain Boomerang will get brutally killed off in their first mission right in the beginning of the movie. And that’s what reminds us of Deadpool 2. The entire marketing campaign of Deadpool 2 sold the idea of X-Force. Only everything that we were sold was a complete lie. The movie was hiding it’s major surprise for us to see at the theatres. The first team of X-Force that Deadpool assembled was brutally killed off so DP could get the real team together by the third act of the film.
That’s exactly the pattern that James Gunn might be inspired from. The Suicide Squad is a team that is very expendable. The government sends criminals on missions that they wouldn’t risk their soldiers or heroes to carry out. If the missions are successful, the villains get to redeem themselves, but if they don’t, there’s no one missing these people in the outside world. So, to express exactly how expendable these characters are, James Gunn seems to be very willing to kill off at least 8-10 characters right in the beginning.
But WB is going to have to be really cautious with the marketing of the movie. They could either do it exactly like Deadpool 2 where they only show the characters that will die. But if this is the case then too many people are going to be able to predict what’s about to happen because we’ve already seen Deadpool 2. So, the marketing has to be unique in itself because The Suicide Squad already seems to be following the footsteps of Deadpool 2 on screen. The Last thing that WB would want is to even copy the marketing pattern of the Fox movie.
Let’s see how things turn out for The Suicide Squad and the rest of the upcoming DC films. The future sure looks to be quite exciting as after the success of Joker, we’ve got Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman 1984, The Batman, The Suicide Squad & Aquaman 2 with confirmed release dates. The films which don’t have confirmed release dates but are definitely in the making include The Flash, Black Adam, Shazam! 2 & Supergirl. Also, JJ Abrams has been brought in to direct both Superman & Green Lantern Corps, so let’s see how all of that goes.