James Gunn talks the nature of The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad is still several months away from release, but that isn’t stopping James Gunn from sharing his excitement for his latest project.

Having already shared new info and photos with Total Film, Gunn has also spoken with Den of Geek about the concept of the Squad itself in this film. (Please note that Gunn used a lot of ‘not safe for work’ language in this interview. We have decided it as exact quotes due to the chance of ambiguity in which words he used.) “It wasn’t something to contrast the first movie. It wasn’t about going through a checklist of this is good, this is bad, this works, this doesn’t… but the concept that John Ostrander started with in the comics, that these are B-grade, shitty superheroes who are considered disposable by the U.S. government and are sent out on these black-ops missions, where they probably won’t make it but who gives a shit because they’re pieces-of-shit prisoners without many skills?”

“Most of my movies have been R-rated,” said Gunn. “This is simply a little bit of a higher age bracket, and my audience is a little bit different. They can see a shark tearing someone in half, they can see a penis. It doesn’t matter.”

And, finally, what about the choice of using Starro as one of the villains in the film? “Starro is hilarious because he’s ridiculous. He’s a giant, cerulean blue starfish, but he’s also fucking terrifying,” Gunn says. “When I was a kid I thought that was the scariest thing of all time… and I think that exemplifies what this movie is: it is ridiculous and it’s also terrifying, and serious. So he works really well as the villain of the movie—as one of the villains, actually.”

Now we’re just left to wonder who the other villain could be.

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

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