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James Gunn says ‘The Suicide Squad’ was a jokey title, shares original name for DC film

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James Gunn says ‘The Suicide Squad’ was a jokey title, shares original name for DC film

THE SUICIDE SQUAD
(L-r) JOEL KINNAMAN as Colonel Rich Flag,  ALICE BRAGA as Sol Soria, DANIELA MELCHIOR as Ratcatcher 2, KING SHARK, IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport and JOHN CENA as Peacemaker (Warner Bros.)

The Suicide Squad (from left): Joel Kinnaman as Col. Rick Flag, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark, Idris Elba as Bloodsport and John Cena as Peacemaker (Photo: Warner Bros.)

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By Kevin Polowy

Hollywood has a sequel scream. Now no longer specifically the rash of franchise follow-united states of americain the pipeline, however rather the much less-than-creative titles we must always suffer. There was 2009’s Fast & Indignant after 2001’s The Fast and the Indignant. There’s Halloween (2018), Shaft (2019) and the upcoming Scream (2022), which are all sequels — no longer remakes — with identical monikers as the 1978, 2000, and 1996 versions, respectively.

In July we’ll salvage writer-director James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, the DC Comics ensemble that continues the misadventures from 2016’s Suicide Squad. The handiest distinction in titles is that The in front.

We aired our grievances instantly with Gunn after we confronted him at the clicking junket for the film over the weekend.

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“I did it as a joke, man,” he advised Yahoo, laughing. “I didn’t really attain it as a joke however I didn’t know what to call the film.”

The Suicide Squad (Warner Bros)

The Suicide Squad (Warner Bros)

“I didn’t want it to be Suicide Squad: Dawn of the Mischief Red, whatever,” he added, mocking the tortured subtitles so normally appended to action film sequels (witness: G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Resident Harmful: Retribution, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Terminator: Dark Fate and DC’s maintain Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, among many others). 

“I didn’t want it to be one thing that was this long awkward title.”

Gunn explained that he had a varied title in mind at first for the film, which tracks Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena) and a gaggle of varied Task Force X antiheroes to South America to take down a Nazi-powered lab.

“To be exclusively lawful, it was called Canines of War for a whereas,” the music-minded filmmaker revealed, potentially referencing the Red Floyd song title of the same name (although the time frame’s starting place dates back to a line in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar).

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“But for my first draft, when I gave it to the studio I lawful [thought], ‘Ah screw it,’ I lawful effect The Suicide Squad on there. I understanding it was roughly amusing. And they were savor, ‘Yeah, we appreciate this. This works. Let’s attain this.’ ‘OK!’”

The Suicide Squad arrives in UK cinemas on 30 July. Watch the trailer.

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James Gunn says ‘The Suicide Squad’ was a jokey title, shares original name for DC film