New The Suicide Squad photos have made their way online courtesy of Empire. We’re getting fresh looks at a whole lot of the team.

Following on from the release of the two covers, Empire has released a portion of the interview with James Gunn along with two new still from the film. The first shows T.D.K. (Nathan Fillion), Blackguard (Pete Davidson), Weasel (Sean Gunn), Savant (Michael Rooker), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Javelin (Flula Borg), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Mangal (Mayling Ng) in the back of some form of transport, presumably en route to a mission.

The second image shows off Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Peacemaker (John Cena), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), and Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior) in a jungle.

One of the burning questions about The Suicide Squad has been whether or not it is a sequel or a reboot. This seems to be a question that James Gunn simply tells Empire, “Um, it’s its own thing.” He does promise in a roundabout way, however, that the two can co-exist. “It does not contradict the first movie, I don’t think. It might in some small ways… I don’t know…” said Gunn.

None of this is to say that Gunn doesn’t respect what David Ayer did in Suicide Squad, saying, “Listen, David Ayer’s gotten trouble for the movie. I know it didn’t come out how David wanted it to come out. But he did one really, really great thing, and that is he picked fantastic actors to work with, and he dealt with these actors in building their characters in a really deep and fearless way. It’s something David definitely deserves to be lauded for, and it’s definitely added to this movie.”

As to who may die in the film, Gunn insists he had an open ticket to do as he pleased, saying, “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.”

We’ll just have to wait and see what the final body count racks up to be.

The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.

SOURCE: Empire