James Gunn Reveals The Film That Inspired ‘The Suicide Squad’

It seems 'The Suicide Squad' takes its cues from this classic war movie!

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James Gunn revealed which classic film from the 1960s inspired the upcoming DC film, The Suicide Squad.

As excitement for The Suicide Squad has hit an all-time high following DC FanDome, director James Gunn revealed the inspiration for the film is a classic title from 1967, and it’s easy to see the parallels between the two movies. Most recently fans were stunned to see what appears to be the cosmic villain Starro in the background of a shot from the featurette shown off at DC FanDome. But the director recently took to Instagram to show off the poster for the film which inspired the supervillain team-up movie.

James Gunn uploaded the poster for 1967’s The Dirty Dozen, directed by Robert Aldrich and starring the likes of Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland. It sees the United States army recruit convicted felons into an elite squad to be set loose on the Nazis in World War 2. In return for their service they get their sentences commuted. Sound familiar? Task Force X get the chance to knock years off their sentence by carrying out missions for Amanda Waller. There’s no wonder it inspired James Gunn. Take a look at the poster below.


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The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences. The ensemble cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker. However, James Gunn is expected to deliver on the fresh take on the team in his upcoming movie.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, and Michael Rooker.

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is currently set to be released on August 6, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Starro in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content!

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