James Gunn’s absurd and violent The Suicide Squad is landing a day early on the big screen and HBO Max. Idris Elba, John Cena and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn go into action Aug. 5 as DC’s morally flexible comic characters take on a suicidal sequel.
Here’s the loopy latest trailer for Suicide Squad 2.
And here’s everything you need to know to watch The Suicide Squad, including details on signing up for HBO Max.
When will The Suicide Squad be released?
The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on Aug. 5, 2021. The standalone sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad was originally scheduled for a release date of Aug. 6, but it’s coming a day early just for fun. Warner Bros. continues its simultaneous theatrical and streaming release plan, but note you only have a limited time to watch it online.
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Is it on HBO Max?
Yes. If you have HBO Max, just head to the streamer from Aug. 5 to catch The Suicide Squad. But remember, don’t wait too long. Like other WB blockbusters, it’s only available on the streamer for one month. So it won’t be available after Sept. 5.
HBO Max has already seen a ton of blockbusters make an appearance in its streaming halls. Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, the latest The Conjuring movie, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights and the upcoming Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James (July 16) have either come and gone or are still available. After the initial month-long release, these new films disappear from HBO Max for a while so they can have an online and DVD/Blu-ray home release, but they come back to HBO Max eventually.
How much does HBO Max cost?
Right now, HBO Max costs $15 a month.
Will it cost extra to watch The Suicide Squad?
You might already have HBO Max and not know it
If you currently subscribe to HBO via your cable or satellite provider, you can probably get HBO Max without paying anything extra. We explain it in detail here, but essentially, you’ll need to watch on a smart TV or streaming device — or a Comcast Xfinity box — using the HBO Max app and your home internet connection.
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A slightly more PG-rated theatrical trailer followed.
Plus, a couple of TV spots.
Plot and cast
Classified as a standalone sequel to David Ayer’s negatively received Suicide Squad from 2016, the new flick brings back a few of the same unhinged supervillains like Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang, as well as introducing a host more (most of whom you can expect to be killed off in violent ways — especially with the R rating). Cast additions include:
- Jon Cena — Peacemaker
- Idris Elba — Bloodsport
- Sylvester Stallone — King Shark
- Alice Braga — Sol Soria
- Peter Capaldi — The Thinker
- Pete Davidson — Blackguard
- Nathan Fillion — T.D.K.
- Storm Reid — Tyla
- David Dastmalchian — Polka-Dot Man
- Daniela Melchior — Ratcatcher 2
- Michael Rooker — Savant
- Sean Gunn — Weasel
- Flula Borg — Javelin
- Mayling Ng — Mongal
They’re playing various supervillains freed from Belle Reve penitentiary to take on a, yep, suicidal mission. Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller returns to run the Task Force X program, enlisting the large squad to destroy a Nazi-era prison and laboratory, where they cross paths with Starro. A giant, telepathic starfish. Of course.