The always excellent Empire magazine remains a premiere source of movie insight and their feature pieces are always some of the best sources of in-depth information on upcoming movies. This time around the feature piece was on The Suicide Squad, James Gunn’s upcoming remake / reboot / sequel-not sequel.

He had plenty to say for himself, including a claim that this movie is bigger than both his Guardians Of The Galaxy movies over at the other guys, Marvel.

Warner Bros. told the producer Peter Safran that the movie involved the largest construction work they had ever done with over 100 sets. Gunn says:

“It was becoming more and more bluescreen on my other movies, an it sort of bums me out a little bit to be spending three weeks on a set that is just a few painted purple rocks. But The Suicide Squad is a big film with so many practical effects. We were really building giant sets.”

For the first time we learn more about the plot too. Location of a war in The Dark Knight Returns and of Vicky Vale’s award winning work in 1989’s Batman, the fictional island of Corto Maltese will play a big role. Producer Safran expands:

“There they have to destroy a Nazi-era prison and laboratory named Jotunheim, where political prisoners were held and experimentations took place.”

Dan Sudick is the go to VFX guy for Marvel in Atlanta. He came across with Gunn for this and Gunn says Sudick:

“…thinks he did more on-set special effects on this movie than all the Marvel movies combined. That really is true, because we’re crushing cars, we’re blowing up tons of stuff, we’re doing tons of squibs…we could do whatever we wanted. There are no rules in terms of sex and violence and things like that.”

He went on to say that DC gave him total freedom and protected no characters. This gives him the ability to really surprise the audience. He confirmed he is writing Peacemaker, the HBO spin off for John Cena’s character and that he is already eyeing a sequel to this movie.

The release date is August 6th 2021, but who really knows anymore?