James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Gathers A ‘Horribly Beautiful’ Assortment Of Supervillains For The Red Band Trailer

There’s a whole heaping helping of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn (and thank goodness for that) in James Gunn’s new The Suicide Squad trailer. This previews James Gunn’s oddly retitled “relaunch” of David Ayer’s blob-people-filled 2016 film that didn’t hit the mark but was nonetheless a moneymaker. Gunn’s film will be part of the massive batch of Warner Bros. films that will stream on HBO Max (while also in theaters) in 2021, and we’ve already seen a teaser that showed off the ensemble cast, which includes Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, John Cena as Peacemaker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, not to mention someone (people thought it would be Taika Waititi, but James Gunn has confirmed that it’s Sly Stallone) voicing King Shark. Here we go, from the “horribly beautiful mind” of Gunn…

We’ve got another search-and-destroy-type mission for Task Force X, and this trailer lends an oversized gathering for these captive supervillains. John Cena gets the trailer’s extended “bag of dicks” joke, so that’s marvelous. And welcome to comic-book movies, Pete Davidson. We’ve been waiting for you.

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Here’s the official synopsis, via YouTube:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them — all of them.

The Suicide Squad (which also stars Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Mayling Ng, Alice Braga, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, and more) will arrive on August 6, 2021. Enjoy this very The Dirty Dozen-esque poster.