The Suicide Squad is a 2021 superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. The film is written and directed by James Gunn and serves as a standalone sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, although it features a mostly new cast and storyline.
The film stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, and Daniela Melchior, among others, as members of the titular Suicide Squad, a team of supervillains who are recruited by the government to undertake a dangerous mission in exchange for reduced prison sentences.
The Suicide Squad received critical acclaim for its humor, action sequences, and character development, with many critics considering it a vast improvement over its predecessor. The film was particularly noted for its clever use of music and its incorporation of lesser-known comic book characters.
Despite positive reviews, the film underperformed at the box office, grossing just over $160 million worldwide against a budget of $185 million. However, it was still considered a success for the Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films franchises.
The Suicide Squad was released in theaters and on HBO Max in August 2021, and was later made available on home media platforms. A spin-off television series titled Peacemaker, starring John Cena’s character from the film, is currently in production for HBO Max.
Duration: 132 min.