James Gunn shares some insights into The Suicide Squad

James Gunn took some time on Saturday to talk The Suicide Squad on social media and tidbits he’s excited for.

With all eyes focused on the impending release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, it can be easy to forget that there are other DC films on the way. The next film on the docket, however, is The Suicide Squad, and its director took a bit of time on Saturday to discuss the film.

Something that has come up time and time again is if you will need to have seen the first film to enjoy The Suicide Squad. Gunn was asked this again and replied, “As I’ve said before, #TheSuicideSquad story stands on its own, and there is no need to see the first one to know what’s going on.”

With the film featuring characters such as Weasel and Javelin that aren’t exactly household names, Gunn was asked if he was given complete freedom in which characters he could use and if he discovered any he wasn’t aware of during development. “Yes and yes,” replied Gunn. He continued, saying, “[A]lthough, as a comic book fanatic from the age of four, I’m pretty well-versed on both the DC and Marvel stable of characters.”

Speaking of characters, there are indeed quite a few in this film, and Gunn was asked which ones he was most excited for everyone to see. “It’s hard to choose only one, but I can’t wait for people to see where Margot [Robbie] has gone with Harley. And Weasel is really something to behold,” replied the director.

In another short reply, Gunn stated that film was “no holds barred in any way,” to which a fan asked for clarification. “No holds barred means I wasn’t constrained by the formulas of most tentpole films OR budget OR rating. YES sometimes those constraints can be a help, so I was committed to first & foremost telling a tight story about unlovable characters we could love”

He also confirmed an R-rating for the film, and that John Ostrander run on the title was the biggest influence on the story along with The Dirty Dozen. And as many people have wondered, what would the title of a sequel be, Gunn replied, “If we do a sequel, it will have to be “THE The Suicide Squad”. Or maybe “A Suicide Squad.” I’m done with numbers and am just going to add/change articles from now on.”

While we would love a sequel, we hope the title is a little less confusing.

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

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