James Gunn Had ‘No Rules’ for R-Rated The Suicide Squad

By | July 10, 2021

Warner Bros.’ upcoming film The Suicide Squad is set to be one of the more raunchy comic book films in recent memory. Being an R-rated film, director James Gunn had much more freedom to go as far as he wanted to with the film, and according to him, it’s something he took advantage of. 

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Speaking to Empire in a recent interview ahead of the film’s release later this year, Gunn praised the no-holds-barred approach of the film, saying that he was happy to be able to essentially do whatever he pleased when it came to planning on how the film would come together. 

“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!”

Judging by the brief glimpses of the film we’ve seen, it does seem like Gunn had a great time making the film, something producer Peter Safran corroborates in the same interview.

“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.”

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The ensemble roster for James Gunn’s standalone sequel includes the return of DCEU alums Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, and Viola Davis, who are reprising their roles as Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag, and Amanda Waller from the 2016 David Ayer-directed film.

The film will also feature the introduction of new characters, including Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker,  Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2,  Michael Rooker as Savant, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Joaquín Cosio as Mateo Suarez, Juan Diego Botto as Silvio Luna, Storm Reid as Tyla, Nathan Fillion as T.D.K., Sean Gunn as Weasel, Mayling Ng as Mongal, Flula Borg as Javelin, Jennifer Holland as Emilia Harcourt, Tinashe Kajese as Flo Crawley and Sylvester Stallone as King Shark along with Steve Agee and Taika Waititi in undisclosed roles.

The Suicide Squad is set to release in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021.