Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has assembled another gang of misfits and miscreants to save the world.
On Friday (Mar 26), Warner Bos dropped the first, red-band (R-rated) trailer for the DC supervillain movie The Suicide Squad, the ‘sideway’ sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, which promises plenty of salty dialogue, gory action and extreme weirdness.
Like that first movie, the follow-up centres on a band of supervillains forcibly recruited by the government for a dangerous mission — involving, judging from the preview, a monster starfish. Told you it’s weird.
Among the newbies are Idris Elba’s mercenary Bloodsport; King Shark, a CG-character voiced by Sylvester Stallone; and John Cena’s ultra-violent vigilante Peacemaker. The latter already has a spin-off series in the works for HBO Max.
Another new Squaddie to look out for is alien warrior Mongal, played by Mayling Ng, the UK-born personal trainer-turned-actress whose father is Chinese Singaporean. Ng was last seen as Amazonian warrior Orana in 2017’s Wonder Woman.
Besides the source material, Gunn also looked to movies from his childhood for inspiration. “So much of it was inspired by the movies I loved watching on Saturday afternoons as a kid,” Gunn told Empire. “War movies like Where Eagles Dare and The Dirty Dozen and Kelly’s Heroes. It has the texture of all those ’60s, early ’70s war caper films.”
Gunn also wanted to assure everyone that his Suicide Squad is nothing like Star Lord and Co. “I think you know, from pretty close to the beginning, that all of the Guardians are good — apart from Nebula, who’s the outlier,” Gunn said in the same Empire interview.
“But in The Suicide Squad, some of the characters end up being good, some end up being terrible. They don’t just get in fights and say they’re going to kill each other, they actually do get in fights and kill each other. You really don’t know who’s going to live and who’s going to die. I was given full freedom to kill anyone — and I mean anyone — by DC.”
Guess we’ll find out who lives or dies when The Suicide Squad opens in Singapore cinemas on July 29.
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