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James Gunn reveals ‘Suicide Squad’ reboot cast

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The writer-director of a new Suicide Squad film took to social media earlier on Friday to post an announcement revealing the entire cast.

Fans of the DC cinematic universe — and comic book movies in general — can now look forward to the soft-reboot from James Gunn.

After being fired, at least temporarily, from Disney back in July of 2018, Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. to helm one of their newest films.

After the first Suicide Squad came out back in August 2016, fans and critics were vastly disappointed in the end result. The dark and gritty vision of David Ayer had been replaced with a vibrant, flashy, style-over-substance approach.

The company who was hired to cut the second trailer of the film, known as the “Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer”, was then brought in to re-cut the film into something more “fun”, and all this was in reaction to the negative response brought on by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

After the announcement that Gunn would write and direct the soft-reboot, the DC fanbase was buzzing with excitement. The man responsible for making characters like Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot household names during his tenure with Marvel was about to take a dive with the likes of Harley Quinn, Rick Flag and Amanda Waller.

Some of the familiar names in the list include Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn). The new names in the list include David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker. Gunn posted an image with the cast names arranged with bullet holes earlier today.

Not returning are Will Smith (Deadshot), Jared Leto (The Joker), Cara Delevingne (June Moon/Enchantress), Karen Fukuhara (Katana) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc)

Aside from Courtney, Kinnaman, Davis and Robbie, there aren’t any confirmed roles for everyone just yet, and most may remain a secret until closer to release. The plot is also tightly under wraps, but Gunn has said on social media that he looked to much older issues of the Suicide Squad for inspiration.

The Suicide Squad is expected to begin filming this fall with a release date of Aug. 6, 2021.

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