The Bad Guys Are Back in the First Trailer for 'The Suicide Squad'

The (sort of) sequel to 2016's 'Suicide Squad' is directed by 'Guardians of the Galaxy' filmmaker James Gunn.

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Gunfire, Pete Davidson, King Shark, the concept of a beach full of dicks, and a kaiju: They are all there in the first trailer for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, the sort of sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. The two movies, obviously, basically have the same name but Gunn has essentially retconned this team of misfits from David Ayer’s universally loathed film. Some players remain-like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag-but the focus of the new trailer is on the newcomers.

The premise is largely the same: A group of bad guys are recruited for a mission and if they misbehave they get their heads blown off. This time the leader is Idris Elba as Bloodsport, who bickers with John Cena as Peacemaker. There’s also, thrillingly, King Shark, the half-man/half-shark who is being voiced by Sylvester Stallone and both swallows a man whole and rips another man in half in this footage. Gunn, best known for his work on Guardians of the Galaxy, has also recruited some of his regulars like Michael Rooker and his brother Sean, who is once again embodying a furry creature in the form of Weasel. The villain they are fighting is the “kaiju”-looking thing: the alien starfish called Starro the Conquerer.

Gunn’s take on these wily antiheroes is a sign of the DCEU’s new direction, which moves away from Zack Snyder’s original very serious plan for the films, now on full display in the Snyder Cut. Robbie’s Harley Quinn has her energy from Birds of Prey, and there’s already a spinoff starring Cena as Peacemaker character planned for HBO Max.

The Suicide Squad is out August 6 in theatres and on HBO Max.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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