Following the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad’s “horribly sexy” Red Band trailer, the director and his massive cast unveiled brand new character posters for the film’s villainous cast, which is literally bursting at the seams. Granted, not every character received a poster, but it’s difficult to tell who was left out when you scroll down the list. The reveal of Sylvester Stallone’s mystery role, which is, surprise, the shark, is also tucked into the character poster rollout. While it seemed weird that the Rocky actor posted King Shark’s new poster on Instagram without commenting on whether or not he was playing the part, Gunn confirmed the news on Twitter.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Idris Elba as Bloodsport
John Cena as Peacemaker
Viola Davis as Amanda Waller
Sylvester Stallone as King Shark
Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2
David Dastmalchian as Polka Dot Man
Sean Gunn as Weasel
Peter Capaldi as The Thinker
Michael Rooker as Savant
Warner Bros. published the official synopsis for The Suicide Squad in early February, and it’s as big as the cast:
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 theremote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. 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.
On August 6, The Suicide Squad will be released in theaters and on HBO Max.