The Suicide Squad release date, trailer, cast, director, plot for DC Comics film

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This particular team are the worst of the worst.

It's been a few years since we got the critically-maligned  Suicide Squad from Fury director David Ayer, featuring the likes of Will Smith as Deadshot and, of course, Margot Robbie as fan-favourite Harley Quinn.

Despite the poor critical reception, Suicide Squad was a financial success and we will be getting a follow-up instalment to the DC Comics film, however, this time it is with a new director.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will now be the man at the helm of the villainous team.

So, with the imaginative title of The Suicide Squad, what does Mr Gunn have in store for us?

And just where does Idris Elba fit into all of this?

Here's everything you need to know about The Suicide Squad.

The Suicide Squad release date

The Suicide Squad is released in UK cinemas on August 6, 2021.

The film has already been shot and wrapped filming in February this year.

The Suicide Squad are back for more DC Comics antics
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Hopefully there will be no Covid-19-related potholes on the road to its release.

The Suicide Squad trailer

We now have a behind the scenes cast video for The Suicide Squad to enjoy, which also sees the cast and crew – including director James Gunn – tease what fans can expect from the new film.

Catch the clip at the top of the article, having been released for the virtual event DC Fandome.

Meanwhile there is a roll-call video of the cast members, which you can find below.

The Suicide Squad cast

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn/Dr. Harleen Quinzel

Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn
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The Australian Oscar-nominee will return as the clown princess who is now a liberated woman after the events of Birds of Prey.

Idris Elba as Bloodshot/Robert DuBois

Idris Elba joins the team as Bloodshot
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Initially tipped to replace Will Smith as leading Squad member Deadshot, it has now been revealed that he will play a different character entirely.

In the comics, Bloodshot is a murderer with high-tech weapons who kills people in the name of his deceased war veteran brother.

Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang/George "Digger" Harkness

The Australian criminal will return as a member of the Suicide Squad.

In the comics, Boomerang is typically a nemesis of The Flash.

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller

Viola Davis returns as Amanda Waller
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The ruthless boss of the Suicide Squad and uncompromising government figure will be back, played once again by Oscar-winner Davis.

Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg

The star of The Killing reprises his role as the military man and member of the Suicide Squad.

Joel Kinnaman returns as Rick Flagg
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He was last seen settling down with girlfriend June Moone (Cara Delevigne), who does not appear in the new film.

John Cena as Peacemaker/Christopher Smith

The wrestling legend and Blockers star plays Peacemaker, who in DC Comics is a pacifist diplomat who uses non-lethal weapons to fight war-lords.

Peter Capaldi as The Thinker/Clifford DeVoe

Peter Capaldi joins the cast as The Thinker
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The Scottish actor and former Doctor Who star plays the genius villain who in the comics often fights the Flash.

Other additions in the new film are as follows…

Alice Braga as Solsoria

Pete Davidson as Blackguard

Michael Rooker as Savant/Brian Durlin

David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man/Abner Krill

Nathan Fillion as TDK

Storm Reid as Tyla DuBois

Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher II

Steven Agee as King Shark/Nanaue

Sean Gunn as Weasel/John Monroe

Joaquín Cosío as Major General Suarez

Juan Diego Botto as Presidente/General Luna

Flula Borg as Javelin

Mayling Ng as Mongal

Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt

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Meanwhile, Will Smith will not reprise his role as Deadshot in the film and the character will not appear in the film at all.

Others not expected to return are Cara Delevigne as Enchantress/June Moone and Jared Leto as The Joker.

The Suicide Squad director

James Gunn is the director for The Suicide Squad
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During the period in which he was fired by Disney from his role as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, James Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. to take on directorial duties on the sequel to the film by David Ayer.

Gunn has since been re-hired by Disney for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but will complete work on The Suicide Squad first.

The director will also wrote the script alongside comic book writer John Ostander.

The Suicide Squad plot

At present we have little no details on the plot, but the film has been described as less of a sequel and more of a "soft-reboot".

Whatever that means.

The crew look set for their most dangerous mission yet with a host of new characters for viewers to enjoy.

The Suicide Squad is released in UK cinemas on August 6, 2021.

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