Even if the last Suicide Squad was received almost completely negatively, it looks like the franchise still has a lot going for it. The upcoming reboot of the franchise from director James Gunn released its first redband trailer on March 26, which has since been viewed over 151 million times according to Warner Bros. This beats out the record of 116 million views that the recent redband trailer for Mortal Kombat received in its first week.
“I just got word #TheSuicideSquad redband trailer set a new record for most views of a redband trailer in a week, with over 150 million views worldwide,” tweeted out Gunn yesterday with a still from the trailer showing King Shark tearing an enemy in half. “I’m incredibly grateful to all of you for making this happen! THANK YOU!”
The film will mark DC’s fourth R-rated comic book adaptation after Watchmen, Joker, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It stars Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Nathan Fillion, Pete Davidson, Alice Braga, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Daniela Melchior, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rooker, Storm Reid, Taika Waititi and Viola Davis.
“I can’t wait for you to see Harley in her full insane glory & @IdrisElba’s intense star power & the madness of King Shark, Weasel & Starro…” tweeted gun in response to a fan asking which character the director is most excited for audiences to see. “But I’m maybe most excited about introducing the magic of @MelchiorDaniela as Ratcatcher 2 to the world.”
Even with the negative reception of the first Suicide Squad film, it earned almost $750 million worldwide at the box office and earned an academy award for best makeup and hairstyling. The new film looks to capitalize on the marketability of the franchise while also pleasing fans with a more worthwhile and faithful adaptation of the comics. The film will hit theaters later this year on August 6, 2021.
I just got word #TheSuicideSquad redband trailer set a new record for most views of a redband trailer in a week, with over 150 million views worldwide. I’m incredibly grateful to all of you for making this happen! THANK YOU! 🤯🙏🤯 pic.twitter.com/3bRFBDcvOV
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 2, 2021