Those of you who have been waiting patiently for The Suicide Squad to arrive on HBO Max will be pleased to learn that the James Gunn-directed film will be available on the streaming service sooner than planned.
The Suicide Squad will be released on August 5 at 7 p.m. ET, according to HBO Max. The film was supposed to premiere on HBO Max on Friday, August 6th. The commercial includes Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, John Cena’s Peacemaker, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, all of whom are wielding their respective weapons, with the caption saying, “Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, A Hot Mess premieres. It’s a jumble, but you’ll enjoy it. On August 5, James Gunn’s next film will be released in theaters and on HBO Max. Streams for the next 31 days.”
The Suicide Squad is expected to gross $30 million in its first weekend, according to box office forecasts. This is despite concerns that theater traffic will be affected by the surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, as well as the fact that HBO Max customers will be able to see the film for free.
The Suicide Squad’s earlier-than-usual release date also happens to be James Gunn’s birthday. The writer/director has been promoting The Suicide Squad nonstop, even responding to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel movie criticisms. “I just think it’s a little cynical of him to keep coming out against Marvel because that’s the only way he’ll get coverage for his movie,” Gunn added. “So he basically kept coming out against Marvel in order to garner publicity for his film. He’s making his feature in the shadow of the Marvel movies, and he’s using that to draw attention to something that wasn’t receiving nearly as much as he wanted.”
Snyder Cut fans review-bombing The Suicide Squad, according to James Gunn. The director wrote on Twitter, “I’ll live – in the grand scheme of things, things like this don’t matter. (It’s also worth noting that the majority of SnyderCut fans have been supportive; just a select handful believe it’s beneficial to spend their time doing things like this.)”
The Suicide Squad will premiere on HBO Max on August 5 at 7 p.m. ET, and in theaters on August 6.
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