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James Gunn says The Suicide Squad is finished as movie synopsis is revealed

February 7th, 2021 by Marc Comments

We finally have a synopsis for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad as well as exciting information for those of us waiting for the movie.

Writer/director Gunn took to social media (here) to reveal that the movie is now “fully finished and cut and I made every single choice and they never once even slightly interfered. They gave very few notes – they were usually good and minor and I took them if I wanted to and didn’t if I didn’t want to. Warners was creatively amazing”.

This is cool news as we know that movie has been finished at home with that damned virus grinding the world to a halt –  the movie will be released on August 6th this year, appearing on HBO Max and in cinemas on the same day.

On top of this cool news, we now have the official synopsis for the movie which takes place in a famous yet obscure DC location:

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.

Fans of the comics will know that Corto Maltese is a small Latin American country with a government-backed by the United States that first appeared in 1986 in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

The name of the country came from the titular character of Hugo Pratt’s fantasy adventure comic book series and its most famous appearance was probably in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie, three years after Miller’s comic series which heavily inspired the movie, and was a location that photo-journalist Vicky Vale had visited and documented (left).

It also popped up in Smallville and saw Clark and the proto-Justice League breaking one of Lex Luthor’s henchmen out of a prison on the island. It also appeared several times in the Arrowverse as well as in a few DC Elseworlds comic tales.

It’s nice to see the land making a return to the DC universe and nods like this always make the nerd in me smile a little more.

What say you all? Are you excited for Gunn’s take on Task Force X? Let me know, folks.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….