The Suicide Squad: Official Trailer Reveals Harley Quinn, King Shark, & More R-Rated Action

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
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It's no secret that The Suicide Squad is one of the hotly-anticipated DCEU films. Directed by James Gunn, the semi-reboot/hybrid sequel will showcase a brand-new version of Task Force X, but several holdovers from the original team like Joel Kinnaman's Rick Flag and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will still be part of the next mission. 

Alongside Harley and Rick, The Suicide Squad will introduce a fresh batch of new villains, and they will be led by Idris Elba's Bloodsport and John Cena's Peacemaker. That being said, it's safe to say that the movie will be a star-studded affair, but the latest poster teased that fans should not be attached to any of these characters. 

Plot details of the film are still being kept under wraps, but a newly-released trailer should give viewers an idea of what to expect. 


Warner Bros. officially released the first red-band trailer of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, and it featured hard-hitting action and a fresh look at Task Force X.  

In a separate tweet, Gunn confirmed that Sylvester Stallone is actually playing King Shark in the sequel:

Update: David Ayer, the director of 2016's Suicide Squad, shared his reaction to the newly-released trailer. 

Gunn responded by sharing a slew of heart emojis: 



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The Suicide Squad

From the get-go, the trailer provided glimpses of entertaining character moments alongside action-packed sequences that will hype up the film even more. The chemistry between the members of Task Force X is apparent in the trailer, and it will be interesting to see it unfold in the actual movie. 

Based on what's been revealed, it seems that there will be multiple versions of Task Force X that will be featured in The Suicide Squad, and this could hint at a grim fate from the first iteration due to the fact that a second-team comprised of new members will be called to potentially finish the earlier mission. 

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The Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn once again shines as a member of the Squad, but it raises several questions of whether this hybrid sequel will connect to the events of 2020's Bird of Prey. Given that the anti-hero was last seen riding off into the sunset in the previous film, it's possible that Harley was captured again by Amanda Waller, potentially setting up her appearance in James Gunn's DC movie. 

The newly-confirmed addition of Sylvester Stallone into the all-star cast of the film as King Shark should boost the anticipation of fans, mainly because the villain was a standout in the trailer. John Cena's comedic chops and Viola Davis' menacing bravado are also must-see moments in the new footage. 

The red-band trailer also confirmed that Starro will be the main villain, and this alien threat will prove to be a fitting challenge for the team. It remains to be seen how Starro ended up being the threat in The Suicide Squad, but its ruthless nature will no doubt be pushed to the forefront. 

All in all, The Suicide Squad is shaping up to be an exciting DCEU entry.

The Suicide Squad will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on August 6, 2021. 

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- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.