Peter Capaldi and Starro the Conqueror

The first reactions to James Gunn's The Suicide Squad are in, and it's an unqualified success. Across the board, critics are calling it one of the best superhero movies in years.


Though the film doesn't release until August 5th (July 30th for British audiences), several high profile reviewers got to see early screenings. Clearly, they liked what they saw, because as of today the movie has a higher score on RottenTomatoes (98%) than any DC or Marvel movie so far.

Much of the praise has centered on Gunn's writing, particularly for previously obscure characters like Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher 2. His comedic approach to the franchise has been positively compared to David Ayer's much grittier take in the previous film, as well as to Gunn's own past work on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Moreover, as is almost tradition for the DCEU at this point, Margot Robbie's role as Harley Quinn was hailed as the standout performance.

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Despite this influx of new reviews, DC's publicists have succeeded in keeping much of The Suicide Squad's plot under wraps. From the trailer, it seems as though the new Suicide Squad will be led by Bloodsport (Idris Elba), with help from Robbie's zesty Harley Quinn. Their team will travel to a mysterious island and face off with Starro the Conqueror, a giant telepathic alien. However, Gunn boasted that an enormous amount of twists await audiences, meaning that nothing in the marketing can be taken for granted.

In addition to Robbie and Elba, The Suicide Squad features Fast and Furious star John Cena, Pete Davidson, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Taika Waititi, and Nathan Fillion. The movie simultaneously releases on HBO Max and in theaters on August 6th, 2021.

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Get ready Netflix fans! The platform just announced that two of its biggest stars are joining together for their newest movie.

Netflix revealed to TODAY that their latest film project is bringing Joey King, from The Kissing Booth, and Chase Stokes, from Outerbanks, together to play the two lead roles.

The new movie is an adaptation based off of the hit young adult sci-fi series Uglies by Scott Westerfield. Rumors about a film adaptation for the series have been circulating since the first novel's release, so Netflix's announcement comes as quite the pleasant surprise for fans.

Netflix had already teased that King was joining the cast for Uglies, however Stokes' involvement in the production was completely unknown until Tuesday. Along with announcing Stokes as the latest addition to the cast, Brianne Tju, from MTV's Scream, and Keith Powers, from the Freeform drama Famous in Love, will also be joining.

Uglies takes place in a dystopian society where beauty standards are taken to whole new extremes. Instead of getting your driver's permit at 16, teenagers are instead forced to get a complete reconstructive surgery, making them absolutely flawless--but that seems to be the flaw.

King is set to play the main protagonist of the film, Tally Youngblood, who will do literally anything to avoid her surgery. The roles of Stokes, Tju, and Powers still have yet to be released.

Uglies will be directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, also known as McG, and Krista Vernoff is heading the screenplay adaptation. King will be executive producing the film alongside Jamie King, John Fox, and Scott Westerfield himself.

A premiere date for Uglies has yet to be disclosed.

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