The Suicide Squad star John Cena has compared director James Gunn to longtime WWE owner and CEO Vince McMahon.
John Cena is certainly having one big year. Later this month he will appear as one of the antagonists in the upcoming Fast and Furious film, F9, and then will appear in James Gunn’s DC movie, The Suicide Squad where he will play as Peacemaker. Based on what John Cena is saying, however, James Gunn reminds him of another boss he has.
In a recent interview with Collider, John Cena compared The Suicide Squad director to WWE owner Vince McMahon. McMahon has controlled the WWE since 1982 and is credited as being the one responsible for turning it into the most successful wrestling company in the world. During the interview, John Cena noted that James Gunn’s approach to directing The Suicide Squad was not unlike McMahon’s approach to putting together a wrestling event and how detailed both of them were:
“James is everything, and the reason he is such a great director is because he assumes all roles. He creates the story from the ground up, he supervises the story as a producer, he manages all personalities when he’s on set as a coach, he’s very determined in his selection process of the cast, so he’s a casting agent, he’s meticulous on small details, so he’s wardrobe design. He’s a ridiculously intricate storyboarder, so he’s a production designer as well.
I think his ability to have his hands in everything — he’s almost like the Vince McMahon of a movie. Vince is involved in everything and wants to be. And I mean everything from — and this is James as well — marketing, certainly putting himself out there. ‘Suicide Squad: A James Gunn Film’, he’s putting his stamp on that which means he believes in the product, and he does that so fluently because he’s so invested in every piece of it. He has confidence it what he does. He’s just too many things at once.”
You can see the full interview below:
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You can check out the synopsis for The Suicide Squad below:
Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
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.
The Suicide Squad is currently scheduled to hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest information on the upcoming DC film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original content.