The official synopsis for James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad has been released via Collider, promising an adrenaline-filled “search-and-destroy” mission.
As we already know, Gunn’s interpretation of the team of villains is a combination of Suicide Squad mainstays and D-list villains from the comics. The synopsis begins by listing off these members of the squad and reminding us of the hellish conditions of Belle Reve, while also introducing the fictional island nation of Corto Maltese, the main setting for the film.
“Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.”
The synopsis continues, establishing the stakes of the film and squad’s mission:
“Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.”
If it wasn’t clear before, the synopsis emphasizes the danger the squad will be faced with in the film—from both their enemies and each other. No one is safe, and some double crosses are to be expected, of course. The mission itself is left rather vague, only described as “search-and-destroy.”
The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn, releases August 6 on HBO Max and in theaters. The film’s ensemble cast includes Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, John Cena as Peacemaker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, to name a few.