James Gunn Warns Fans About A Suicide Squad 2 Scam

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad DC Warner Bros.

Try to rise above your anguish, DC fans, but you will not be able to apply online to play "soldiers soldiers" in Suicide Squad 2. For one thing, as director James Gunn noted, that's not even the name of his movie. It's The Suicide Squad. Enterprising DC fans brought a certain casting notice to Gunn's attention, and he screenshot it with a warning to fans. Don't apply where they say, because he says it's a scam for money:

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James Gunn also replied to several comments on his Instagram post. Here's one exchange he had:

Fan: It’s a repost of the Tammy smith casting which is legit.James Gunn: Tammy Smith’s casting notice does not have that title or any actors listed. This is a scam meant to get money from people.

Here's another exchange that I found rather intriguing:

Fan: Did you guys even confirm that Robbie is in this?James Gunn: We haven’t confirmed ANYONE in it.

That's true. Most of the reports we've seen have been from reputable outlets about stars being in talks -- or the stars themselves have weighed in -- but James Gunn and DC/Warner Bros. have not officially announced a cast. The Suicide Squad is reportedly starting filming in September, and there's been a lot of back and forth about who'll be involved.

At one point Idris Elba was said to play Deadshot, Will Smith's character in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Then it was reported that Elba would be playing a different character. It was said that The Suicide Squad was a total reboot -- one of the producers actually said that -- but then it was reported that Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, and Jai Courtney would be reprising their roles from Suicide Squad. James Gunn was asked about the movie's status as a reboot or sequel and he essentially said it's more complicated than one label.

The latest casting report suggested comedian and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 alum Steve Agee will voice the character of King Shark. A previous report, also from a reputable site, had said Michael Rooker would play King Shark. That was shot down by Rooker himself. John Cena is rumored to be involved, and he addressed those reports, but nothing was confirmed. So most of what we're getting is from outlet reports and the stars themselves. The suggestion of a mystery keeps things lively, and it's not like James Gunn has to provide tons of intel to keep fans interested. This is a movie with a built-in fan base from both DC and Marvel, thanks to the Guardians director.

It has been confirmed that Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will be in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), which will not feel like a Suicide Squad sequel, per the screenwriter. Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984 are coming out in 2020, followed by The Batman and The Suicide Squad in 2021. (The Flash may also be coming in 2021, but does anyone besides Ezra Miller really believe that?)

The Suicide Squad is scheduled for release on August 6, 2021.

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.