Monday Movie Report: ‘Guardians 3,’ ‘Suicide Squad’ moving forward

Director James Gunn stated recently that both comic book movies he’s working on are still set to go, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Variety, Gunn said on Twitter that a new “Suicide Squad” picture and a third “Guardians of the Galaxy” are moving ahead.

“Right now there’s no reason for The Suicide Squad release date to move. We are on, or ahead of schedule,” Gunn said in a tweet. “We were extremely fortunate to wrap shooting and set up editing fro our homes.”

Variety reports that Gunn had a similar point about the next “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
“Right now the plans with Vol 3 are also exactly the same as they were before coronavirus,” Gunn said.

The “Suicide Squad” movie will be from Warner Bros. and is under the DC Comics label. The picture is a standalone sequel to the 2016 picture of the same name, Variety reports.

The movie will return cast members Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnamen. Newcomers to the cast are Idris Elba, John Cena, Taika Waititi and Nathan Fillion.

“Guardians,” meanwhile, is through Marvel Studios, which is under the Disney umbrella.

When it comes to both films, they are still set for a release in 2021.

However, other Marvel pictures have been pushed back. “Black Widow” was pushed from May to November, nad all subsequent pictures such as “The Eternals,” “Doctor Strange 2” and “Thor 4” have all been shifted further back.

As some theatrical releases have been pushed back, others have gone online. This past weekend, Universal Pictures had the largest digital debut for audiences in history.

According to Variety, “Troll’s World Tour” was on premium video on demand and had a major opening throughout on-demand platforms. Variety reports that the movie generated 10 times more than the next largest premium home release.

While theaters remain closed, pictures that were shown at cinemas months ago continue to become available at home. Here are some releases expected this week:

  • Just Mercy, my rating: 4 out of 5 (2019 Honorable Mention), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.54 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 83%, MetaCritic rating: 68, LetterBoxD rating: 3.8 out of 5.
  • Underwater, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.31 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 47%, MetaCritic rating: 48, LetterBoxD rating: 2.8 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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