It’s been a month since James Gunn released his first DC superhero film, The Suicide Squad. Produced by DC Film, Atlas Entertainment, and The Safran Company, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
The Suicide Squad managed to become the title of the most-watched superhero film on the HBO Max streaming service. That The Suicide Squad managed to get 4.7 million views after three weeks of release on HBO Max. By comparison, Wonder Woman 1984 only managed to get 3.9 million views and Zack Snyder’s Justice League only got 3.2 million; making The Suicide Squad the superhero film with the most viewers on the Warner Bros. streaming service. this.
The development of The Suicide Squad Movie
A sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) was expected in March 2016, before the first film’s release that August, with director David Ayer and star Will Smith expected to return for a 2017 filming start after completing their work on Bright (2017). The following month, Ayer said the first film was rated PG-13 because it had originally been envisioned that way by the studio, and an R-rating needs to be planned from the start of a production.
In December, several spin-off films were also in development, including one featuring Smith as Deadshot. The project that was furthest along was Gotham City Sirens, with Margot Robbie planned to star as Harley Quinn. At that time, Ayer was set to direct and produce that film.
In August, Jared Leto was expected to reprise his role as the Joker from the first film, while production was not expected to begin until Smith completed his work on Aladdin (2019) and Gemini Man (2019) in late 2018. The next month, Gavin O’Connor was chosen to direct the film and co-write it with his writing partner Anthony Tambakis, based on his own vision. The character Black Adam was reportedly the main villain of O’Connor’s script, with Dwayne Johnson already attached to that role for DC Films.
In October 2018, James Gunn was hired to write and possibly direct the next Suicide Squad film. His deal with Warner Bros. closed following the completion of his exit settlement with The Walt Disney Company, after he was dismissed by Disney and Marvel Studios as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) in July 2018 when conservative commentators began circulating old controversial tweets he had made. Warner Bros. had been interested in recruiting Gunn for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) immediately after his dismissal by Disney, and asked him to make a new Superman film.
Gunn was uncertain if he wanted to take on Superman, so Warner Bros. told him that he could adapt any DC property he liked. He chose to make a Suicide Squad film, recalling that it was the one DC property he dreamed of adapting and had been jealous when Ayer’s Suicide Squad film performed well. Ayer supported Gunn’s hiring as a “brave and smart move” and called him “the right man for the job”. Dave Bautista, who starred in the Guardians of the Galaxy films for Gunn, expressed interest in appearing in his Suicide Squad film.
The Suicide Squad breaks records at the box office
The Suicide Squad, although managed to become the most watched superhero film, The Suicide Squad still hasn’t managed to beat the Warner Bros. films. others that also aired on HBO Max streaming service, namely Godzilla vs Kong with 5.1 million viewers and Mortal Kombat with 5.5 million viewers.
Not only on HBO Max, The Suicide Squad also managed to break records at the box office after grossing USD 4.1 million or around Rp. 59 trillion on its opening night. The amount of money that this film managed to get also made The Suicide Squad the most successful adult-rated film in the pandemic era. Before the movie Fast and Furious 9 set several pandemic box office records and has grossed over $704 million worldwide.
The Suicide Squad tells the story of the journey of a group of super criminals in the Task Force X team formed by Amanda Waller, the head of Belle Reve prison. These criminals are forced to undergo dangerous missions with the lure of commutation of sentences and also secret blackmail by Amanda.
When they arrive in a fictional country called Corto Maltese, these criminals are required to survive without American military support and complete their mission to destroy a former Nazi Germany headquarters called Jotunheim which is home to dangerous aliens.
Starring Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Idris Elba, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone, and many more, this James Gunn film has been in theaters since July 28 and will leave theaters on September 5.