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The Suicide Squad - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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The Suicide Squad - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Were it not for a series of almost decade-old tweets that were unearthed in July of 2018, there's very little chance this film would exist. 

James Gunn had directed both previous instalments of the hit Marvel adaptation Guardians Of The Galaxy and was already both to take charge of the third.

But, after Republican commentator Mike Cernovich drew attention to controversial tweets that Gunn wrote between 2008 and 2012, the director was removed from his role and sent packing by Marvel owner Disney. 

With lightning speed, Warner Brothers swooped in and offered Gunn the pick of their DC catalogue. His choice? A new take on Suicide Squad. It's lucky they went in when they did, within weeks Gunn had been reinstated by Disney and is all set to begin work on Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 in the coming months.

Had Gunn not expressed an interest, Warner Brothers would like have gone ahead with their plans for a sequel to David Ayer's 2016 take on the gang, with Gavin O'Connor set to direct. But, as Gunn arrived, his demands were clear. He wanted to start afresh. 

And so he has, almost. From Ayer's take on the gang, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Viola Davis's Amanda Waller and Joel Kinnaman's Rick Flag return, but there's a big swath of new cast, with the likes of John Cena, Idris Elba and Pete Davidson joining the party. 

If you need reminding of the gang's origins, The Suicide Squad are a gang of villains and criminals, who are put together and forced by the US government into service as a disposable black ops team. They are led by a government operative Waller.

In this new take, the gang are sent on a new mission to the South American island of Corto Maltese to destroy Jotunheim, a Nazi-era prison and laboratory which held political prisoners and conducted experimentations...

The Suicide Squad is in cinemas now and will be released on DVD later this year, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...

 

It's so much fun...

It has the same madcap adventure feeling of Gunn's work on Guardians, a rollicking thrill ride which is action-packed and heartfelt, but also full of cracking one-liners. 

 

Gunn wields a much lighter touch...

Ayer's take on the story took on an awful lot of heavy lifting with each of the characters' backstories explained in depth before the film had a chance to find its feet. Gunn dispenses with that, partly that's because he's been gifted a fully-rounded Harley Quinn and Rick Flagg, but also because so many of the new characters here get introduced and straight into the action. This is just as well because some of them don't last that long...

 

It's bloody and brutal...

No one's blushes are spared. The violence may be cartoonish, but the blood is plentiful and the kill count is off the scale. This is not a film for the squeamish. 

 

The casting is superb...

Idris Elba anchors this new crew superbly, while newcomers David Dastmalchian and newcomer Daniela Melchior are both superbly deployed. 

 

Things are set up nicely, but not too heavily...

The first Suicide Squad was supposed to herald the start of a new world for DC, you could already see the starting positions for the spin-offs and next steps in the script. This has none of that. There's no lifting for a film in two years time or a call to new characters. But, that said, things are in place for Gunn to have another adventure and we would love to see it...

 

The Suicide Squad is out now in cinemas and will be released on DVD later this year. You can pre-order it, including an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Steelbook, here. 

You can check out the full DC back catalogue here in hmv's online store. 

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