‘The Suicide Squad’ Producer Peter Safran Reveals First Film Doesn’t Get Addressed

Looks like the David Ayer film will be ignored.

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The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran reveals that the first Task Force X film won’t be addressed.

2016’s Suicide Squad was a critical failure but made enough money at the box office to put a sequel in development. The sequel went through many drafts and looked like it would be stuck in development hell until James Gunn and producer Peter Safran came aboard. The producer and director wanted to give the franchise a clean slate and will walk around the proverbial elephant in the room with the sequel.

“We don’t address it,” said Safran. “Yes, they’re the characters, the actors, that played them in the first movie. But we really wanted to make sure that this stands on its own two feet. So again, it’s why you can’t really call it… It’s not a sequel, but there are some characters that were in the first movie, right? So it’s not really a full reboot either. So we just call it James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.”

The Suicide Squad takes place sometime after the first film and Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. There’s obviously some connective tissue, but Safran revealed that the sequel won’t connect to Birds of Prey either. When asked if The Suicide Squad would connect to Birds of Prey, the producer added,”Not really. No. It’s very much a standalone film.”

What do you think about Peter Safran’s comments? Are you disappointed that the first Suicide Squad won’t be addressed? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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 news on The Suicide Squad and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Nathaniel Brail

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