The Suicide Squad: Margot Robbie, Nathan Fillion & More Featured on New Magazine Covers

By Sam Hargrave Updated:
The Suicide Squad Empire Cover, The Suicide Squad Logo

With a star-studded cast that includes Margot Robbie, Nathan Fillion, John Cena, and more, James Gunn's The Suicide Squad is lined up to be one of the biggest films of the summer.

Following up on David Ayer's moderately successful Suicide Squad, the Guardians of the Galaxy director has soft-rebooted the franchise into an R-Rated epic inspired by some of the biggest war films in history.

The ARGUS-led team of villains will take on Justice League antagonist Starro in a grand battle that is expected to see very few of the supervillain team live to see another appearance.

Following the recent release of the film's final trailer, director James Gunn has unveiled a look at an upcoming magazine cover that reveals new looks at the entire team, as well as some gorgeous artwork from a DC Comics legend.


In a series of recent TweetsThe Suicide Squad director James Gunn revealed a look at an upcoming set of covers from Empire Magazine that highlight the star-studded DC cast as well as the film's villain, Starro. 

The Suicide Squad Empire Cover, Idris Elba's Bloodsport, Daniela Melchior's Ratcatcher 2, and Flula Borg's Javelin
Empire Magazine

The five-cover set will piece together to form one image, with the first featuring Idris Elba's Bloodsport, Daniela Melchior's Ratcatcher 2, and Flula Borg's Javelin.

The Suicide Squad Empire Magazine, Michael Rooker Sylvester Stallone Savant King Shark David Dastmalchian will debut as Polka Dot Man Jai Courtney Captain Boomerang
Empire Magazine

Within his DC debut, James Gunn will utilize former Guardians of the Galaxy cast members Michael Rooker and Sylvester Stallone, taking on the roles of Savant and King Shark.

Meanwhile, Ant-Man actor David Dastmalchian will debut as Polka Dot Man while Jai Courtney will return as Captain Boomerang, all of whom feature on Empire's second cover.

The Suicide Squad Empire Magazine, Margot Robbie Harley Quinn John Cena Peacemaker Weasel Pete Davidson
Empire Magazine

The third piece of the puzzle highlights DC fan-favorite, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, as well as John Cena's Peacemaker, who will spin off into his HBO Max series next year.

Additionally, the cover features Weasel, a CGI character played by James Gunn's own brother Sean, as well as Pete Davidson's Blackguard. 

The Suicide Squad Empire Magazine, Rick Flag Alice Braga Sol Soria Nathan Fillion T.D.K Mayling Ng Mongal.
Empire Magazine

The squad of villains is joined with ARGUS's Rick Flag in the fourth cover, as well as Alice Braga's Sol Soria, Nathan Fillion's T.D.K, and Mayling Ng's Mongal.

The Suicide Squad Empire Magazine, Peter Capaldi Thinker Amanda Waller Viola Davis, Starro
Empire Magazine

Finally, the fifth cover features some of the film's most mysterious characters, Peter Capaldi's Thinker, the returning Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, and the squad's main antagonist, Starro.

The Suicide Squad Empire Cover
Empire Magazine

When pieced together, the images showcase the blockbuster's entire main cast in action as well as its starfish-inspired supervillain, Starro.

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Empire Magazine

Additionally, an alternate cover will showcase a black and white design from DC art legend Jim Lee.


More than ever, Gunn, DC, and Warner Bros. are putting a lot of work into the marketing of this film with regular trailers, promotional images, and social media activity from the director himself, which defiantly sets it up for great success.

After recruiting Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn during his brief period away from Marvel, Warner Bros. has certainly gone all-in with The Suicide Squad to make it the company's biggest hit yet. With a popular director, a star-studded cast, returning fan-favorites, and high-budget blockbuster action, DC's latest supervillain team-up could be the biggest film of the summer. 

With no major releases surrounding its August debut, aside from Ryan Reynold's gaming-inspired epic Free Guy releasing the following week, The Suicide Squad could be set for a very profitable theatrical run. While the film is R-Rated, which previously would've been considered to hold back a release's potential viewership greatly, Joker managed to cross the billion-dollar mark with the same restriction, so nothing is out the question.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues around the world, limiting theatrical viewership, Warner Bros. won't be wholly relying on theaters to carry the film and will be dropping the highly-anticipated release on HBO Max the same day.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters and HBO Max on August 6.

- About The Author: Sam Hargrave
Sam Hargrave is the Associate Editor at The Direct. He joined the team as a gaming writer in 2020 before later expanding into writing for all areas of The Direct and taking on further responsibilities such as editorial tasks and image creation.