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From Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn to John Cena's Pacemaker, James Gunn introduces his Suicide Squad- Cinema express

From Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn to John Cena's Pacemaker, James Gunn introduces his Suicide Squad

Gunn used the virtual event to confirm the identities of the characters being played by each of the cast members, with a "roll call" video

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Published: 23rd August 2020

The DC Fandome saw filmmaker James Gunn introducing his Suicide Squad. Described as a 1970s gritty war movie, Gunn called it 'different from the superhero movies made so far'. 

"The studio is overwhelmingly happy with the movie. The action is great. It's funny, and it's really dramatic in the right places," Gunn said while talking about his film. He also updated fans on the post-production process for the film, which he described as "by far the most fun I have ever had making a movie."

Gunn also used the virtual event to confirm the identities of the characters being played by each of the cast members, with a "roll call" video.

In the clip, it was confirmed that John Cena plays the Pacemaker, while Idris Elba essays the role of Bloodsport. The actor-wrestler compared his role with Captain America, saying, "He's like a douchey Captain America".

For Elba, Suicide Squad is a "twisted fantasy of characters." He also said, "It's like a massive, graphic novel brought to life."

In the film, Margot Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn, alongside Viola Davis (as Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang).

The film will also star Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Michael Rooker as Savant, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Flula Borg as Javelin, David Dastmalchian as Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Mayling Ng as Mongal, Alice Braga as Sol Soria and Sean Gunn as Weasel.

"I will say we have about as many explosions and crashes in this film as in any film, ever," Gunn said, adding, "In fact, the guy who did all of our special effects on this film, Dan Sudick, who's done almost all of the Marvel movies says there are more effects in this film than all of those movies he's done combined."

Gunn sees the new Warner Bros film as a "sequel" to John Ostrander's 1980s Suicide Squad comic-book run, and shared that his favourite character back then was Waller, who was "so different for the time in terms of being such a strong woman, kind of an antihero but kind of bad, kind of good, and not physically the same as everyone else you saw in comic books. I just thought she was so cool."

"I actually had a long talk with John Ostrander about this. He came in to visit the set. I said, 'I don't think of this movie so much as an adaptation of your comics. I think of this movie as a sequel to your comics.'"

Talking about his influences, the filmmaker said, "I also like to continuously take in new superhero villains. There are great DC villains who have something to offer, and that we could put in the movies. So that is where my biggest inspiration comes from."

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