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James Gunn has revealed a poster for The Suicide Squad. Granted, it's an unofficial poster for the highly-anticipated DC Comics adaptation, but until something more official comes our way, this will have to do. Gunn, who wrote and directed the movie, recently wrapped filming on the blockbuster. Not long after, he shared this poster and, unofficial though it may be, if it's any indication, this is going to be quite unlike what came before.
Taking to Instagram, James Gunn revealed a poster for the cast and crew that was cooked up by artist John Sloboda. The poster is signed by various members of the cast, including Margot Robbie, who returns as Harley Quinn. It features a pile of weapons, including Harley's hammer, covered in blood at its center, with a bullet-filled version of the movie's title on top. Gunn shared the image with the following caption.'This artist John Sloboda does a poster for our great AD Pez at the end of every shoot he does, and then me and some of the cast on hand sign personal notes to the various ADs who on this film were fantastic, no one on a crew works harder under more pressure than they do. It's not an official poster but I think the artist did a great job. Don't ask me whose signature is whose. I can only figure out Margot's and mine and I don't know which actors signed it. #TheSuicideSquad.' The Guardians of the Galaxy director was brought on board by Warner Bros. to helm what was originally a direct sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad. While this movie will have connective tissue, it's been said repeatedly that this is not a sequel and will be more of a soft reboot. Plot details, for the time being, are kept tightly under wraps. Though, Gunn did previously say that it's his favorite script that he's ever written.
Joel Kinnaman Rick Flag, Jai Courtney Captain Boomerang and Viola Davis Amanda Waller are set to reprise their roles from Suicide Squad, in addition to Margot Robbie. New cast members include Idris Elba, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Nathan Fillion, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Peter Capaldi and Michael Rooker. Elba was originally brought on board to replace Will Smith as Deadshot, who couldn't return due to scheduling conflicts. It was later decided that Elba would play a different role entirely.
Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer, was released in 2016 and proved to be a major financial success, grossing $746 million worldwide. It even won an Oscar, believe it or not. But the movie failed to connect critically. Given DC's recent hot streak, the studio was looking to course correct a bit moving forward. The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 6, 2021. Be sure to check out the poster for yourself from James Gunn's Instagram.
The new based-on-a-true-story drama The Banker inspires a reference to the charming political-fantasy sitcom Parks and Recreation, and its line about something having “the cadence of a joke”. The Banker has the cadence of a movie. It’s 120 minutes long — ah yes, a standard feature-length runtime. Its stars are now best known for their work in franchise fare — OK, they’re taking a break from action movies! And there’s a social conflict at its core, showcasing the destructive capabilities of systemic American racism. Yet there’s something weirdly hollow and dry about this drama. Even if this film had been released as originally scheduled in the 2019 awards season, The Banker would still feel barely like a movie at all.
Anthony Mackie stars as Bernard Garrett, a preternaturally gifted businessman with a desire for buying up apartment buildings to hopefully improve their architectural state and take in a profit. The main problem for Bernard is that he’s a black man living in the American West and Southwest in the 1950s and 1960s, where racial segregation is alive and well, to the point where even his white tenants ostracize him for daring to own and improve these buildings. Eventually, Bernard realizes that the only way to truly achieve his goal isn’t just to own buildings, but to own local banks. He and a brash cohort Samuel L. Jackson work together to achieve this goal moving to Texas, no less, to see it done, with a younger white man Nicholas Hoult as their cover to doing business shrewdly.
The first half-hour of The Banker, co-written and directed by George Nolfi, is squarely focused on Garrett, a moderately introverted, but extremely intelligent man who’s unwavering on his desires. Yet once Garrett is forced to team up with Jackson’s character, who owns a nightclub in LA and is revealed to be a lot more knowledgeable about real estate than outward appearances would imply, the focus gradually shifts into making sure that their gambit can work. And that requires them to coach Hoult’s character about the intricacies of real estate and banking over an insanely short period of time. So, in essence, some of The Banker feels like a capitalistic Cyrano de Bergerac, as a male figure succeeds because of someone whispering in his ear. Once Mackie and Jackson end up feeling like co-leads with Hoult, it both becomes a bit clearer, if cynically so, why Apple would have distributed this film, and dramatically distressing.
The original plan for The Banker was that it would premiere at the AFI Fest in November of 2019 before getting an awards-season release in the hopes of disrupting the balance of theatrical and streaming titles jockeying for a gold trophy or two. Then, some troubling allegations about Garrett’s son who’s shown very briefly in this film, as a young child were aired in the trades,...