The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad¬†is a 2021 American¬†superhero film¬†based on the¬†DC Comics¬†team¬†Suicide Squad. Produced by¬†DC Films,¬†Atlas Entertainment, and¬†The Safran Company, and distributed by¬†Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a¬†standalone sequel¬†to¬†Suicide Squad¬†(2016) and the 10th film in the¬†DC Extended Universe¬†(DCEU). It was written and directed by¬†James Gunn¬†and stars an¬†ensemble cast¬†including¬†Margot Robbie,¬†Idris Elba,¬†John Cena,¬†Joel Kinnaman,¬†Sylvester Stallone,¬†Viola Davis,¬†David Dastmalchian,¬†Daniela Melchior,¬†Michael Rooker,¬†Jai Courtney,¬†Peter Capaldi,¬†Alice Braga, and¬†Pete Davidson. In the film, several convicts join a task force known as the “Suicide Squad” in exchange for lighter sentences. They are sent to the South American island nation of¬†Corto Maltese¬†to destroy all traces of the giant alien starfish¬†Starro the Conqueror¬†before it falls into the local government’s control.

The Suicide Squad¬†premiered theatrically in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2021. It was released in the United States on August 5, simultaneously in theaters and on the streaming service¬†HBO Max. The film received positive reviews from critics who praised Gunn’s script, direction, and visual style. Many found the film to be a significant improvement over its predecessor, and it became the most-streamed DCEU film on HBO Max. It was a box office disappointment and grossed just $168 million worldwide against a production budget of $185 million, which was attributed to factors such as the¬†COVID-19 pandemic, the film’s availability on HBO Max, and its relationship to the first¬†Suicide Squad.¬†Peacemaker, a spin-off television series starring Cena, debuted on HBO Max in January 2022. Two other spin-off series are in development for HBO Max.

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