The Suicide Squad, James Gunn’s standalone sequel to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after its UK premiere on Friday.
The Suicide Squad director James Gunn celebrates a career milestone entirely unique to this millennium: get a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten tomatoes before the movie is even out. Gunn is behind the suicide squad sequel, produced by DC Films, Atlas Entertainment and The Safran Company, and distributed by Warner Bros. who appeared in suicide squad.
Gunn’s script for the film was based on material from suicide squad comics written by John Ostrander. Like the first suicide squad, the film follows a group of convicts who are bugged by the government to carry out a mission called Task Force X. The former inmates of Belle Reve Prison are sent to an island, where they are given the assignment to destroy a Nazi-era prison housing an alien enemy. Joel Kinnaman returns as Rick Flag, the leader of the group, who must now fight an all-star gang of celebrities, including Idris Elba as the Superman shooter Bloodsport, John Cena as a war hawk going through Peacemaker, and Sylvester Stallone who a humanoid plays shark. Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney also reprise their roles.
The first reviews of The Suicide Squad are in and largely positive, a victory that gunn announced today on Twitter. The film currently has an overall rating of 96% on Rotten tomatoes based on critics’ reviews. Gunn shared that the movie “is Certified Fresh a week before the US release, a first for meThe film premiered Friday in the UK, but won’t be released in the US until next weekend on August 6. Check out Gunn’s tweet below, complete with all the relevant emojis, including shark and glasses:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 31, 2021
Fans were quick to point out that the Guardians of the Universe director is no stranger to pleasing crowds and critics. His filmography includes more than a few films freshly certified on Rotten tomatoes, three of which he directed and wrote (not counting) The Suicide Squad). Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2 both deserved the rating just like slither, a cult sci-fi comedy Gunn wrote and directed earlier in his career. Gunn has also earned two more Certified Fresh ratings as a screenwriter for Dawn of the Dead and Terror stronger. In response to a fan, the filmmaker clarified that: The Suicide Squads rating is unique due to its arrival prior to the US release of the film.
“Certified fresh one week before US releaseis probably not Gunn’s greatest career achievement, but that fact only underlines his past successes suicide squad sequel has made the discussion of his film no longer the subject of Ayer, but it’s hard to notice the stark contrast between each film’s reception when their titles are nearly identical. For the record, Gunn has spoken positively of Ayer’s film and owes most of his casting to its predecessor, a fact he emphasizes. As for Gunn’s version, if he can get Britain’s dramatic seal of approval, America would be easy to win.
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- The Suicide Squad (2021)Release date: 06 Aug 2021
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