The anticipation of the sequel to Suicide Squad, titled The Suicide Squad, began to grow on August 15th, when James Gunn, who is writing and directing the film, posted a teaser clip of the DC FanDome event in Twitter. The clip indicated that Gunn planned to share a match-up of actors and the roles they will play at the virtual event that was set to take place on August 22nd.
The 24-hour global fan experience was the first-ever, and reached audiences around the world, as it was produced in nine different languages. Fans looked forward to reveals and special announcements about their favorite DC Comic stars. In addition to being aimed at a worldwide audience, the event advertised being free, with no lines and no badges necessary to get in. Suicide Squad fans looked forward to a panel for the upcoming film, scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
Fans were eager to attend the virtual event and get inside information on their favorite characters since there has not been much information released about the film that won’t be released for another year. James Gunn’s teaser indicated that the actors who fans know are slated to be in the film, such as John Cena, Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, and Michael Rooker would be presented in a who’s who form with the roles they will be playing.
James Gunn’s Twitter post stated, “In just one week, join me & the cast of The Suicide Squad at DC FanDome for a sneak preview of our film & to see who’s who! Hope to see you there! Add us now to your schedule at DC FanDome.com” The teaser that he released showed actors such as Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman chatting via video, in order to follow social distancing guidelines, and seemed to indicate that the footage was from the panel to be featured at the DC FanDome virtual event.
A few leaks have occurred in video teasers, which already had fans buzzing. A birthday message from Idris Elba to James Gunn led fans to believe he would be playing the role of The Bronze Tiger, and another seemed to indicate that John Cena would be playing Peacekeeper. Rumors that David Dastmalchian would play the Polka-Dot Man had also been going around, so fans have already had plenty to garner their interest.
The studio has really kept things under wraps when it comes to details about the film, so fans of the 2016 movie Suicide Squad have been anxious to get some insider info. The most that they had really known before the DC FanDome event was that several new DC characters would be debuted in the film. So, it was with the eagerness of a child anticipating Santa Claus that they awaited the event. The virtual panel was a great means for fans to get a grip on who will be playing their favorite comic roles, but there is no doubt that it only encouraged more speculation and rumor about details of the movie.
One thing that has been no secret is that the sequel is going to be quite different from the first film. With a new screenwriter and director, it is sure to have a brand new take. Actor Jai Courtney even noted that Gunn’s approach to the film is different, saying, “I think it’s got a different flavor. There’s a whole bunch of new characters. James Gunn Has an approach to things that is uniquely his; he pulls a lot of that into the Suicide Squad world. And I think that it fits really well, and audiences are going to have a lot of fun with that.” If fans weren’t already expecting a whole new feel to this film, Courtney’s statement surely let them know that this sequel is going to be quite different from the 2016 movie.
It’s not recent news that there would be a sequel to the first film. That fact was confirmed back in 2016 before Suicide Squad came out. The news, however, lies in the fact that the original director and screenwriter, David Ayer, dropped out of the project to pursue other interests, and was replaced by James Gunn. Gunn was hired in October of 2018 and officially joined the team in January of 2019, looking to the old Suicide Squad comics of the 1980s for inspiration. The DC FanDome has fans even more excited than they were before for next August’s release.