Published on 16 Aug 1919
James Gunn may have just given DC fans a big clue about The Suicide Squad. Fans have been wondering if Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will show up in the movie for months now, but nothing has ever been confirmed by Robbie or Gunn. The possible reveal comes to us via Gunn's social media account as he posted pictures of the cast and crew game room, which was put together by Microsoft. The arcade has been dubbed the "King Sharkade," which is an obvious nod to King Shark.
The Suicide Squad arcade room includes a Halo game, the classic Defender, a Guardians of the Galaxy pinball machine and other fun games to take a break while shooting the massive movie. James Gunn posted multiple pictures of the room, detailing the different games and showing a giant version of Scrabble, which is played on the wall. In the third picture in the series, the director can be seen spelling the word King Shark and trying to connect it to the word Harley. Does this mean that Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is going to be in the movie?
For now, this is our best clue yet involving Margot Robbie's possible involvement in The Suicide Squad. James Gunn has not officially confirmed the news, but he also knows what he's doing on social media and this was more than likely done on purpose. Production on the highly anticipated movie is about to start and DC fans are wondering what to expect with James Gunn behind the camera instead of David Ayer.
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Sean Gunn has read his brother's script for The Suicide Squad and says that it's "really good." He says fans can expect to find some of James Gunn's trademarks with a whole new set of characters. As for whether or not Sean Gunn has a part in the movie, he isn't saying, but one would assume he'll have a cameo at the very least. Gunn had this to say about the script.
"I know that he's James very excited about shooting and now that I have read the script for it and I will say nothing other than that it's really good. And I know that he's pretty jazzed about it, so I'm definitely excited to hear what happens next. But they start shooting soon."
Details about The Suicide Squad are being kept under wraps, but some details will more than likely be released when production begins in a few weeks. Shooting reportedly starts in September in Atlanta, which is where James Gunn did all of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and will he will return to when production begins on the long awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. However, Gunn has a lot more work ahead of him on The Suicide Squad before jumping back over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can check out the "Sharkade" images below, thanks to James Gunn's Instagram account. The Harley Quinn Scrabble image is the third photo in the series.
Published on 15 Aug 1919
Sean Gunn believes the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 script might get a touch up before production begins. This is a common occurrence in the entertainment industry and James Gunn may have some better ideas after seeing the final cut of Avengers: Endgame on the big screen. His version of the script has been complete for over a year, so it would make sense he would want to go back and do some revisions to make things a bit tighter or to add some new jokes or references.
Sean Gunn hasn't read the original Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 script but says, "I know, you know... I think my brother may do... he may do another pass, in which case I would read that version." All of the major plot points for Avengers: Endgame had been laid out years ahead of time and James Gunn was fully aware of everything he needed to make the third and final movie in the trilogy. So, it seems highly unlikely that Gunn would go back to make some major changes. He could go back to add some extremely obscure Easter Eggs to taunt fans with for years to come, which would make sense.
Had James Gunn not been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 last summer, the principle photography probably would have wrapped by this time. The production was all set to begin early this year. In the time it took for Disney to fire and then rehire Gunn, he signed on to write and direct The Suicide Squad for DC. So, that movie will be coming next and then work will begin on the next Guardians chapter. While Sean Gunn hasn't read the Guardians script, he has read The Suicide Squad screenplay and thinks it's great.
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Production is preparing to begin for The Suicide Squad and James Gunn is excited to get moving on it. The director has taken some of his Marvel Studios tricks with him and is making sure nothing about the movie leaks to the public, so the upcoming movie is very much a mystery at this point in time, except for some of the officially confirmed cast members. When asked if he had a part, Sean Gunn shied away from answering the question head on. However, he has read the script and his brother is directing, meaning he'll at the very least probably have a cameo.
Marvel Cinematic Universe fans were ecstatic to hear that Disney had rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While some script tweaking is almost always necessary, too much could end up being a bad thing, so we'll have to wait and see. Let's just hope Gunn isn't rewriting the script on the set because that almost always spells disaster for a movie. The interview with Sean Gunn was originally conducted by Comic Book.
Published on 12 Aug 1919
Sarah Silverman confirmed on the most recent episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast” that she was recently fired off a movie because she appeared in blackface during an episode of her Comedy Central series “The Sarah Silverman Program.” The sitcom ran for three seasons and 32 episodes from 2007 to 2010. Silverman notoriously appeared in blackface during the third episode of the second season, titled “Face Wars.” The episode features Silverman putting on blackface in order to prove that being Jewish is harder than being black.
“I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part, then at 11pm the night before they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode,“ Silverman said. “I didn't fight it. They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out. It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad, because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right.“
Silverman previously condemned the episode in a 2018 interview with GQ magazine. “I don’t stand by the blackface sketch,” the comedian said. “I’m horrified by it, and I can’t erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on…That was such liberal-bubble stuff, where I actually thought it was dealing with racism by using racism. I don’t get joy in that anymore. It makes me feel yucky. All I can say is that I’m not that person anymore.“
Speaking to Simmons, Silverman said “it’s really scary” that one regretful mistake from someone’s past is enough to derail someone’s career even if said person has worked hard to learn and grow from the error. One could point to James Gunn as an example of Silverman’s point. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” director was fired by Disney for controversial jokes he made on Twitter a decade ago, despite apologizing for the comments years ago and vowing to grow as a person. Disney eventually rehired Gunn to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
“It's like, if you're not on board, if you say the wrong thing, if you had a tweet once, everyone is, like, throwing the first stone,“ Silverman said. “It's so odd. It's a perversion. It's really, &lsquoLook how righteous I am and now I'm going to press refresh all day long to see how many likes I get in my righteousness.'“Silverman did not name the recent film she was fired from because of the blackface episode, hough the comedian was cast in June opposite Jennifer Lopez in the Universal comedy “Marry Me.”
Published on 10 Aug 1919
Brace yourselves, Marvel fans as we may have just learned some key release dates for Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We stress may since this isn't coming directly from Disney or Marvel Studios. So, for the time being, this can only be regarded as a rumor. That said, there is reason to think this could be legitimate and, if it is, there is much to discuss as there is one big mystery that will need solving that may or may not be the release date for what is right now being called Avengers 5.
This information comes from Charles Murphy, who recently posted the partial Marvel Phase 5 release scheduled to Twitter. Normally, this sort of thing could be written off as nonsense. However, Murphy has a pretty amazing track record, having accurately revealed Marvel's entire Phase 4 announcement ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, in addition to several other key pieces of MCU intel. So there's reason to think this guy has actual info regarding this release strategy. With that said, he recently posted a new leak to Twitter that states the following.
"Always subject to change and still much we don't know: Phase 5, V2"
Per his sources, whoever/whatever they may be, on February 18, 2022, we're getting Black Panther 2, May 6, 2022, will bring us Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and July 29, 2022, was listed, yet remains mysterious. The big one was at the end of his message, which listed "May 3 or 10, 2024" with a big shocked face emoji. That raises the question, what in the heck could possibly be coming nearly five years from now that's worth teasing at this particular time? Since no further information was given, that leaves us to our own devices, which means mostly hopeless speculation.
Other Phase 5 projects we know are coming include Captain Marvel 2 and Blade, as well as reboots of the X-Men and Fantastic Four. There is that one previously revealed release date for an untitled Marvel movie from Disney on July 29, 2022, which will likely go to one of these titles. But 2024 is a big jump. Best guess? Assuming the date is right, this will be Marvel's next major crossover event. As for what that could be? It's nearly impossible to make an educated guess, given that so many variables are up in the air. Secret Wars? Avengers 5?
It's almost silly to spend any amount of time guessing right now, as there is so much MCU content on the way over the next couple of years that could shape things. On the movie side, we have Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. Plus, we have Disney+ shows like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki and Hawkeye. The main takeaway here is that Marvel probably has more than a few surprises up its sleeve that we can't possibly predict just yet. Feel free to check out the original post from Charles Murphy's Twitter for yourself below.
Published on 07 Aug 1919
James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and the upcoming The Suicide Squad, recently celebrated his birthday. When it comes to the business of making movies, there is truly no rest for the wicked, as Gunn had to head to his production offices to continue pre-production on his DC Comics adaptation. Fortunately, his crew didn't let the occasion go by unnoticed, as they baked him a pretty amazing, on-brand cake, featuring King Shark.
For those who may not be familiar, King Shark is a character in the pages of DC Comics who is sort of a shark/human hybrid. The character will be joining the team in the forthcoming sequel/reboot, with the indication being that frequent James Gunn collaborator Michael Rooker is set to bring the character to life. Taking to Instagram, Gunn revealed a pretty amazing cake that features King Shark as though he were on a comic book cover, wishing the filmmaker a happy birthday. Gunn had this to say about it.
"Came into #TheSuicideSquad production offices this morning to a surprise birthday greeting with goats, donkeys, sheep, and camels and these awesome #KingShark cakes. I have the greatest team in the world!!"
Honestly, silly as it may seem, this is one of the only updates of any kind we've had regarding The Suicide Squad from anyone directly involved with the movie, in some time. James Gunn was away from social media for months following a scandal centered on a series of old, offensive tweets that saw the director fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, only to later be rehired. During that time off, Gunn landed the gig directing Suicide Squad 2, which evolved into more of a soft reboot.
Extracting what we can, aside from the interesting party that must have been held, James Gunn and the team are hard at work on pre-production at this point. We've heard multiple reports that the goal is to have cameras rolling before the end of the year, so that tracks. As far as casting goes, Idris Elba is on board in an unspecified role. He was originally brought in to replace Will Smith as Deadshot, but now he's going to play a new character instead.
Related: Why James Gunn Said Yes to Doing The Suicide Squad
Storm Reid will play his daughter. Returning cast members include Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The new members of the group include David Dastmalchian Ant-Man and the Wasp as Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior The Black Book as Ratcatcher and John Cena Blockers as Peacemaker.
As far as plot details go? That's being kept under tight lock and key for the time being. Hopefully, we'll learn a bit more once cameras start to roll. The Suicide Squad is set to arrive in theaters on August 6, 2021. Be sure to check out the King Shark cake from James Gunn's Instagram below.