SUICIDE SQUAD (2019) #5 Review

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James Gunn talks THE SUICIDE SQUAD

With most of the world hiding in lockdown, a number of high-profile Hollywood production continue work in isolation. One of those is director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Gunn has previously commented that members of the production team are currently continuing post-production on the Warner Bros. film in isolation.

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James Gunn confirms shooting is complete on THE SUICIDE SQUAD

Director James Gunn has shared an emotional post on social media to commemorate the end of shooting on The Suicide Squad. The Guardians of the Galaxy director was quick to thank the cast and crew of the upcoming DC Films production whilst sharing some personal tragedy.

“And that’s a wrap on #TheSuicideSquad.” said Gunn. “My father died two weeks before we started filming and my dog died two weeks before the end. It was a hard, hard time in my life and yet the most fulfilling time I’ve ever had making a movie. The professionalism, talent, compassion and kindness of this cast and crew inspired me every day. Thanks to everyone involved in this film, in every stage of development, in every department – I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for you all. You are why I make movies.”

Alongside the emotional message was a photo of the assembled cast and crew from the film.

Returning from Suicide Squad are Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang).

Officially joining them are 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 Melchoir, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker.

The Suicide Squad (aka Suicide Squad 2) is aiming for an August 6, 2021 release date.


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SUICIDE SQUAD (2019) #3 Review

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Color Artist: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Wes Abbott

Review by Max Byrne

Crash, bang, wallop, what an issue! Suicide Squad #3 is a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish, continuing the extremely high level set by Tom Taylor‘s preceding two issues. a perfect storm of wanton violence, character development and a great showcase for the skillsets of the new members of Task Force X.

Following on from the cliffhanger ending of issue #2, the mission is still very much in the balance, after the explosive actions of Osita put the team in jeopardy. I applaud Taylor’s choice regarding the decision made by Deadshot in this immediate aftermath. It shows the nice handle that he has on the character and his moral compass. Whilst a deeply flawed and at times ruthless killer, the arc that Lawton goes on here is very consistent with the rich history of the character, it feel authentic and right.

This issue is very much the territory of the new team members, with the old stalwarts Harley and Deadshot pushed slightly out of the spotlight. Again, this is the correct choice. Long time readers of the Squad’s exploits will already familiar with what their favourites bring to the table, so by giving the new breed a push, the process of getting to know them is made easier and quicker. Don’t get too attached though, as we all know that the Squad line up has always been somewhat…transient.

The aforementioned new characters are a real breath of fresh air, adding a fresh coat of paint to the proceedings. Powered up newbies such as Jog, Deadly Six and Fin are classics in the making, with so much scope for future missions and adventures heavily featuring them. So new and exciting are they, that in the words of Harley Quinn, “I’m feelin’ a little redundant”. Deadly Six is a favourite of mine, his ability to physically channel the seven deadly sins on to his enemies is really vivid. Whilst his refusal to channel lust due to it being “icky” is noble, one gets the feeling that it won’t be long before everybody is feeling the love!

The art on offer here is once again top notch. Bruno Redondo is doing a masterful job on this title, his work is so full of life and has a hugely kinetic quality to it. Action scenes really explode off the page and take on an almost 3D quality. Taylor certainly has a proven track record when it comes to writing blockbuster action, and he has found the perfect collaborator here in Redondo. I am a huge fan what they are doing here, and hope that the two consistently work together as a Snyder/Capullo style package.

Verdict

Another high quality issue, with plenty to sink your teeth into. A bigger picture is certainly being painted here, with the identity of Lok’s cruel superior destined to end up being a jaw dropping moment. As the issues roll on, it’s clear that along with the “mission of the week” style adventures, we are going to be taken along a journey to bigger things. With the promise of a certain Aussie character returning in issue 4, the team is shaping up very nicely indeed. For a veteran title, the re-invigoration here has been tangible and Suicide Squad is certainly worthy of a seat at the top table.

9/10


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Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion opens up about THE SUICIDE SQUAD role

Shooting continues on James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad has members of the cast are being caught shooting on the streets of Panama and other exotic locations. But one actor not yet spotted is Nathan Fillion.

The Firefly and Castle star recently sat down with SiriusXM’s Jessica Shaw (via The Hollywood Reporter) and talk briefly turned to the upcoming DC Films release. Sadly for some fans, Fillion confirmed that he will not be playing Arm-Fall-Off-Boy.

“That was never a comic I really dived into, so I didn’t know why they were talking about, and that certainly wasn’t the name I was reading in the script,” Fillion said. “So, I just said, ‘Yeah, yeah, go for it. Whatever you guys think is great so long as you’re not asking—’ it’s so secret. It’s so super, duper secret.”

“I start to sweat a little bit when people start getting close to what I would consider something that’s actually accurate,” added Fillion. “I’m the worst liar. I’m the worst. I couldn’t play poker to save my life.”

Fillion also talked about working with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson. “Let me tell you what I never knew about Pete Davidson, how incredibly charming he is,” Fillion said. “Oh my god. I always thought that kid looked like ten miles of bad road. Who is this guy? Alright, who is this guy coming here? Here we go! Here we go! He is the nicest man. The nicest man! I used to think I was the nicest man!”

Returning from Suicide Squad are Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang).

Officially joining them are 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 Melchoir, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker.

The Suicide Squad (aka Suicide Squad 2) is aiming for an August 6, 2020 release date.


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Idris Elba spotted on the set of THE SUICIDE SQUAD

After an extended winter break, the cast and crew are back to work on The Suicide Squad as these new set photos and videos show. The film took a long break to allow for Margot Robbie to head off and promote Birds of Prey but it seems it’s back to work now for James Gunn and co.

These latest set leaks focus on Idris Elba’s unknown character as he works on a wall climbing stunt and a night shoot scene where he appears to be apprehended.

First up, Elba was spotted scaling the wall of this building in Panama. We don’t have all the context on this scene so unsure if his casual outfit was for rehearsals or the scene itself.

But later in the evening (seen in the video below) Elba was spotted in a more elaborate costume as he was arrested by soldiers in black gear. Could this be Amanda Waller’s men trying to take him down?

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Returning from Suicide Squad are Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang).

Officially joining them are 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 Melchoir, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker.

The Suicide Squad (aka Suicide Squad 2) is aiming for an August 6, 2020 release date.


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SUICIDE SQUAD (2019) #2 review

“There’s No Love In Team!

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Color Artist: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Review by Max Byrne

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” sang Roger Daltrey back in 1971. Well, those words were certainly prophetic when examined through the prism of Suicide Squad #2. With issue #1 seeing the stalwart Amanda Waller stepping down from her position as the head of Task Force X, this new instalment is the start of the Lok era. One hell of a mysterious taskmaster, enigmatic and cold as ice, one certainly feels that Tom Taylor is going to have a lot of fun peeling back the layers with this character as the weeks unfold. With a blank canvas to work with regarding his backstory, it does feel as though this will help with the sense of re-invigoration this title has already been given.

Speaking of which, the new recruits to the team have certainly begun to make their presence felt in a big way. Throwing in a generous helping of vibrant, fresh characters along with the old favorites is the equivalent of throwing a hand grenade into an erupting volcano, carnage will inevitably ensue. The combustible nature of the thrown together Squad is palpable, as Taylor does an excellent job of loading up his dialogue with tense exchanges, barbed comments and simmering rage.

A prime example is the entertaining and venomous exchanges between Fin and Shark, following Shark’s ravenous devouring of Fin’s twin brother in issue #1. Taylor manages to illicit a great deal of sympathy for Fin, having lost his telepathically linked twin, leaving him bereft and confused. With Shark revelling in his murderous act, it’s literally just the sub-dermal explosives that are keeping them from tearing each other apart. The dark humour that befits both the title and the author is very present too, as Taylor finds the humour in the most dark and violent situations.

With such an action-oriented title, an artist is needed that can provide the snap, crackle and pop required. In Bruno Redondo, DC have certainly found the right man for the job. His knack for drawing a combat scene is unparalleled. With panel upon panel filed with hails of bullets, crunching blows and explosions galore, Redondo has certainly got his hands full. I’ve mentioned this before, but I adore the swathes of onomatopoeic words that accompany the action, with a liberal helpings of “bang”, “brrrt” and “cruunch” present at every turn.

With a cliffhanger of an ending that changes the dynamic of the team dramatically, as well as setting up a future reckoning, the fates of Deadshot and Osita are certainly going to be on the line once the truth of the mission’s denouement comes to the attention of Lok. Seeing a mission-oriented man like Floyd Lawton taking the action he did at the end of the issue was a real shock, and I, for one, am certainly looking forward to seeing where they go with the truth as the future rolls on.

Conclusion

Suicide Squad #2 is a high quality continuation of the sterling work done by Taylor et al in issue #1. Fast paced and fun, with a deeper level of pathos behind the body count, I’m extremely optimistic for the future of this book. With the title once again becoming a hot property, it won’t be long before it is up there with our favorites as a true flagship title for DC.

8/10


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