They’re dying to save the world.
Just five short years after the release of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, WB/DC is kinda-sorta hitting the reboot button with James Gunn‘s sequel The Suicide Squad, and the official Red Band trailer has arrived this afternoon. True to Gunn’s on-brand vision, this first look at the movie is loaded with personality, humor and bloody violence, as well as a wide array of oddball characters including King Shark, Weasel, Polka-Dot Man, and John Cena‘s Peacemaker.
Why is this a Red Band trailer, you ask? Well, for starters, King Shark absolutely cannot stop devouring human beings, and in the bloodiest moment from the trailer he literally rips one clean in half. It’s one of the goriest moments we’ve seen in a superhero movie to date, and we can only assume it’s not the only moment in the movie that earned it its hard “R” rating.
This is a *far* different vision of the titular Suicide Squad than the one we got back in 2016, not to mention a far different look at the DC Universe than we’ve seen on screen in recent years. Gunn’s personality is all over this one, and it looks like WB/DC gave him the full creative freedom that Disney/Marvel has given him with his Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
Oh and yes, there’s a kaiju starfish in the movie too. Because of course. It’s great to see DC in the James Gunn Business, that’s for damn sure. Watch the wild new trailer below!
The full ensemble cast for this year’s movie includes Margot Robbie in her third film as Harley Quinn alongside Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Idris Elba, John Cena, Storm Reid, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Alice Braga, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Taika Waititi, Joaquín Cosío, Mayling Ng, Juan Diego Botto, Tinashe Kajese, Julio Ruiz and Jennifer Holland.
King Shark, we’ve learned, is voiced by Sylvester Stallone!
WB is currently set to release The Suicide Squad in theaters and HBO Max on August 6.