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James Gunn Said He Had ‘No Rules’ From DC In Making The Suicide Squad

July 11, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
The Suicide Squad, John Cena, Peacemaker

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad arrives next month, and Gunn says that he was given complete freedom to do what he wanted with the movie. Gunn spoke with Empire about the film and noted that DC and Warner Bros. were very hands-off regarding what he wanted to do with it.

“On The Suicide Squad I could just go anywhere I wanted to go,” Gunn said. “I mean, Marvel really lets me have a lot of freedom, but I’m still making a PG-13 movie. So I just loved the whole no-holds-barred approach of being able to make this enormous movie – with no rules!”

Peter Safran, who is producing the film, noted that Gunn had a blast making it. “He’s said this was the most fun he’s ever had making a movie, and that joy bled into the entire production,” Safran said. “It was a joyful experience because it’s really an unedited version of James Gunn.”

The film is written and directed by Gunn and stars Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Joaquín Cosio, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Jennifer Holland, Tinashe Kajese, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Agee and Taika Waititi. Releasing day-and-date in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6th, it’s described as follows:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and- destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.