Warner Bros scrambles to release The Suicide Squad trailer after a copy leaked online

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The new trailer for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad leaked ahead of schedule on Tuesday.

Warner Bros. publicly appeared to take the mistake with a grain of salt but quickly released the official preview on their official YouTube channel within hours of the leak.

An unlisted version of the trailer started making its way around the internet earlier in the day with the title ‘The Suicide Squad – Early Access Trailer Do Not Share’, according to Variety. 

The Suicide Squad: The new trailer for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad leaked ahead of schedule on Tuesday and was later officially released by Warner Bros

The Suicide Squad: The new trailer for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad leaked ahead of schedule on Tuesday and was later officially released by Warner Bros

Director James Gunn – who jumped ship temporarily from Marvel for the DC Comics action film – joked on social media about the trailer being out ‘earlier than expected’ and tagged the film’s stars. 

Warner Bros Canadian Twitter page responded back to the director laughing it off: ‘#TheSuicideSquad going rogue? Sounds about right. In other news, the sky is blue, Canada is still pretty good at hockey, and super-villains are generally not great at following the rules.’

And Warner Bros Brazil added: Oh, James! Are you telling me that @AliceBraga is involved? She promised me that she wouldn’t show to anyone…’ 

Warner Bros later released the trailer on their own official pages writing on YouTube: ‘Our only hope to save the world is a bunch of supervillains — what could go wrong?’ 

It's all good: Director James Gunn - who jumped ship temporarily from Marvel for the DC Comics action film - joked on social media about the trailer being out 'earlier than expected' and tagged the film's stars

It’s all good: Director James Gunn – who jumped ship temporarily from Marvel for the DC Comics action film – joked on social media about the trailer being out ‘earlier than expected’ and tagged the film’s stars

The trailer opens with Idris Elba as Robert DuBois who is imprisoned for ‘putting Superman in the ICU with a kryptonite bullet.’

‘I’m not joining your Suicide Squad,’ he says from inside Belle Reve – which is the dangerous prison that houses super-villains. 

Elba has a tense standoff with Viola David in the clip over her meddling with his daughter (Storm Reid) while he is behind bars to force him on her team.

Super-villain: The trailer opens with Idris Elba as Robert DuBois who is imprisoned for 'putting Superman in the ICU with a kryptonite bullet'

Super-villain: The trailer opens with Idris Elba as Robert DuBois who is imprisoned for ‘putting Superman in the ICU with a kryptonite bullet’

'I'm not joining your Suicide Squad,' he says from inside Belle Reve - which is the dangerous prison that houses super-villains.

‘I’m not joining your Suicide Squad,’ he says from inside Belle Reve – which is the dangerous prison that houses super-villains.

Daddy's girl: Elba has a tense standoff with Viola David in the clip over her meddling with his daughter (Storm Reid) while he is behind bars to force him on her team

Daddy’s girl: Elba has a tense standoff with Viola David in the clip over her meddling with his daughter (Storm Reid) while he is behind bars to force him on her team

‘Are you in or out?’ Davis asks. When he agrees, she introduces the Squad.

‘Each member is chosen for his or her own completely unique set of abilities,’ she explains while flashes of the motley crew are peppered across the screen.

The Squad is comprised of ‘a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup,’ according to the logline. 

'Are you in or out?' Davis asks. When he agrees, she introduces the Squad.

‘Are you in or out?’ Davis asks. When he agrees, she introduces the Squad.

'Each member is chosen for his or her own completely unique set of abilities,' she explains while flashes of the motley crew are peppered across the screen.

‘Each member is chosen for his or her own completely unique set of abilities,’ she explains while flashes of the motley crew are peppered across the screen.

'Your mission is to destroy every trace of something known only as Project Starfish,' Davis explains. 'Any questions?'

‘Your mission is to destroy every trace of something known only as Project Starfish,’ Davis explains. ‘Any questions?’

‘Your mission is to destroy every trace of something known only as Project Starfish,’ Davis explains. ‘Any questions?’

‘Starfish is a slang term for a butthole,’ pipes up John Cena from a lecture hall. ‘Think there’s any connection?’

After an awkward pause – presumably for comedic effect – Davis deadpans: ‘No.’

‘No,’ Cena repeats while jotting it on a notebook.  

Bad guys: The Squad is comprised of 'a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup,' according to the logline

Bad guys: The Squad is comprised of ‘a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup,’ according to the logline

Cast: The film stars Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Joaquín Cosio, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Steve Agee, Sean Gunn, Mayling Ng and Flula Borg

Cast: The film stars Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Joaquín Cosio, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Steve Agee, Sean Gunn, Mayling Ng and Flula Borg

Cast: The film stars Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Joaquín Cosio, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Steve Agee, Sean Gunn, Mayling Ng and Flula Borg

Longtime: The forthcoming film has been in development ever since 2016, the same year the original Suicide Squad feature was released

Longtime: The forthcoming film has been in development ever since 2016, the same year the original Suicide Squad feature was released

The trailer then reaches a crescendo as the members of the Squad fight on screen, blowing up buildings and taking down Project Starfish. 

The film stars Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Alice Braga, Pete Davidson, Joaquín Cosio, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Steve Agee, Sean Gunn, Mayling Ng and Flula Borg.

The forthcoming film has been in development ever since 2016, the same year the original Suicide Squad feature was released.

‘Starfish is a slang term for a butthole,’ pipes up John Cena from a lecture hall. ‘Think there’s any connection?’

Boom! The trailer then reaches a crescendo as the members of the Squad fight on screen, blowing up buildings and taking down Project Starfish

Boom! The trailer then reaches a crescendo as the members of the Squad fight on screen, blowing up buildings and taking down Project Starfish

She's back! Margot Robbie is reprising her role at Harley Quinn

She’s back! Margot Robbie is reprising her role at Harley Quinn

Who is that? Sylvester Stallone is lending his voice to one of the super villains

Who is that? Sylvester Stallone is lending his voice to one of the super villains

The film was met with a polarizing critical response from both reviewers and the public. However, it raked in nearly $750 million at the box office, leading its producers to begin work on a sequel shortly after the flick’s release.

Although David Ayer served as the original feature’s director, Warner Bros. began searching for a new filmmaker to helm the second movie, and reportedly considered Ruben Fleischer, David S. Gordon and Mel Gibson, among others.

Gunn, 54, was eventually hired in 2018, and although he was initially hired to develop a new Superman film, he was allowed to switch projects and focus his creative energy on The Suicide Squad. 

Questions: The first Suicide Squad film was met with a polarizing critical response from both reviewers and the public

Questions: The first Suicide Squad film was met with a polarizing critical response from both reviewers and the public

Big bet! The 2016 Suicide Squad film brought in an eye-popping $750 million at the box office, leading its producers to begin work on a sequel shortly after the flick's release

Big bet! The 2016 Suicide Squad film brought in an eye-popping $750 million at the box office, leading its producers to begin work on a sequel shortly after the flick’s release

Behind the camera: Gunn was hired in 2018, and although he was initially hired to develop a new Superman film, he was allowed to switch projects and focus his creative energy on The Suicide Squad

Behind the camera: Gunn was hired in 2018, and although he was initially hired to develop a new Superman film, he was allowed to switch projects and focus his creative energy on The Suicide Squad

Leading the pack: Although Will Smith, who starred as Deadshot in the original film, was set to reprise his role for the sequel, he later dropped out of the production and was subsequently replaced by Idris Elba, who will portray Bloodsport

Leading the pack: Although Will Smith, who starred as Deadshot in the original film, was set to reprise his role for the sequel, he later dropped out of the production and was subsequently replaced by Idris Elba, who will portray Bloodsport

Many critics speculated that the upcoming movie would serve as a reboot for the characters, but the filmmaker clarified that the flick was a standalone feature and would respect the work that went into the 2016 picture.

Although Will Smith, who starred as Deadshot in the original film, was set to reprise his role for the sequel, he later dropped out of the production and was subsequently replaced by Idris Elba, who will portray Bloodsport. 

The Suicide Squad will be released in theater and on HBOMax on August 6, 2021. The theatrical run will only be 31 days. 

On screen: The Suicide Squad will be released in theater and on HBOMax on August 6, 2021. The theatrical run will only be 31 days

On screen: The Suicide Squad will be released in theater and on HBOMax on August 6, 2021. The theatrical run will only be 31 days

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