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The Suicide Squad: Joel Kinnaman Claims His Character Rick Flag Is “Completely Different” This Time

One of the most awaited films of 2021 is about to release. The Suicide Squad will hit theaters globally next week and we have a major revelation from Joel Kinnaman. He claims that the Rick Flag in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is “completely different” from the David Ayer version of the character.

While the film is neither a sequel nor a reboot, it seems to be keen on introducing newer DC characters from the comics. However, this  James Gunn-directed super-villain flick will see the return of several actors from David Ayer’s 2016 adaptation. Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney returns as Captain Boomerang, Viola Davis returns to play Amanda Waller and Joel Kinnaman will reprise his role as Rick Flag.

During an interview with ComicBook, Kinnaman revealed that his character in The Suicide Squad would be a lot different from his 201’s portrayal. Apparently, this new version of Rick Flag is much lighter and more humorous. During the interview, he said, “I got to flex some comedic muscles, and it was a much looser and I think also warmer version of the character that I think connected much more with the other characters around.” He added, “A little less cynical of the world and a little bit more idealistic. And yeah, I personally just felt a lot more loose in this version than I did in the first one.”

Previously, Kinnaman has expressed his praise for writer-director James Gunn’s take on the film. In an interview to Variety last month, he said, “It’s an insane film. At the same time, it was very much the movie that I thought it was going to be because the vision was so clear from the beginning. While we were shooting it, it was so clear what we were doing. It’s so entertaining. I’m of course hopelessly biased, but I found it to be one of the most entertaining films I’ve ever seen. From A to Z, it’s so well-paced, it has such a drive and such comedic timing. It’s funny along the way the whole time, effortlessly. But then I think what really surprised me was I was struck by was how well it flowed, but also how he was able to create these little bubbles, these little moments of emotional depth, and visual and emotional poetry. And I felt like it really transcended the genre, and it became something bigger. And then it’s also very silly, and ridiculous in many ways, and super violent. Just gory almost at times. And it has shocking moments, but they are very comedic. At the end of the movie, it’s completely normal seeing this giant shark just standing gnawing on a person’s head, and some of the people just having a conversation next to it… When you’re one hour and 50 minutes into Suicide Squad, that’s going to feel completely normal. It’s so irreverent.


Directed by James Gunn and produced by Warner Bros.The Suicide Squad hits theaters and streams on HBO Max on August 6th.

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