While the first Suicide Squad movie may have gone down like a lead balloon with critiques, DC's band of dangerous supervillains are back to take another hack at it with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn taking up the helm. Setting off on another mission, here's how to watch The Suicide Squad online as Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and King Shark return to the big screen.
- Watch now in the US with an HBO Max subscription
Release date: Thursday, August 5
Director: James Gunn
Main cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Viola Davis, Sylvester Stallone
Run time: 2h12m
Not quite a sequel or a complete reboot, Gunn’s R-rated Suicide Squad features only a few characters from the first movie.
These include Margot Robbie’s delightfully deranged Harley Quinn, Aussie thief Captain Boomerang, and his cooly manipulative superior Amanda Waller (multi-award-winner Viola Davis). Along with new recruit Bloodsport (Idris Elba), they’re tasked with locating a Nazi-era prison and destroying any trace of the enigmatically named Project Starfish.
Taking inspiration from John Ostrander’s 1980s Suicide Squad comics and war movies like The Dirty Dozen, the film is a celebration of “loser, B-grade supervillains” who appal and amuse in equal measure here. There’s John Cena’s Peacemaker, a “douche-y, bro-y Captain America”; King Shark, a fish-human hybrid voiced by Sylvester Stallone; Polka-Dot Man, Ratcatcher 2…not to mention Starro, an intergalactic echinoderm and the film’s big-bad.
Combining Gunn’s penchant for satirical splatter and Marvel-level spectacle, the 11th movie in the DCEU is #SquadGoals: outrageously funny, hugely entertaining, and wildly irreverent. Just read on and we’ll detail how to watch The Suicide Squad online with HBO Max and beyond now.
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How to watch The Suicide Squad online in the US
The latest outing for our unhinged group of anti-heroes is available to watch on HBO Max right now. As with previous Warner Brother 2021 releases, it’s made available online day-and-date with its theatrical release, where you can watch it as much as you want for a duration of 31 days.
There are currently two HBO Max subscription plans available, but to watch The Suicide Squad online, you’ll need the ‘Ad Free’ plan costing $14.99 per month that you can cancel at any time. Alternatively, you could save 16% by committing to its annual plan for $149.99 for the 12-months.
You can stream HBO Max content on a wide range of compatible devices. These include: PC and Mac, Apple, Samsung, and Amazon Fire TVs, iPhone and Android devices, Roku players, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S consoles, Chromecast and Chromebooks.
How to watch The Suicide Squad across the rest of the world
The good news is that many theaters are open again, so The Suicide Squad is coming blazing to the big screen. It received a July 30 release in the UK, where lucky Brits are currently enjoying its R-rated superhero shenanigans, while Australians were able to see it in cinemas from August 5 and Canadians a day later on August 6.
Right now there’s no confirmation whether The Suicide Squad has been procured by any of the major VOD platforms in these territories. However, many of the 2021 Warner Brothers films released on HBO Max – like The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – have been made available internationally to rent as PVOD (premium video on demand) titles, on services like Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, and Google Play Store. While we don’t know for certain yet, it’ll be worth checking these websites to see if that holds true for The Suicide Squad.
Is The Suicide Squad any good?
We've been waiting a long time to see a much-needed reboot of the 2016 version, and having James Gunn attached - after the magic he wove on the Marvel side of things with the Guardians of the Galaxy - really whetted the appetite of movies fans the world over.
And our reviewer largely liked the "refreshingly ridiculous" new version:
"It’ll come as no surprise, then, to learn that Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is anything but boring, borrowing the best parts of its obvious inspirations to form an unashamedly ridiculous antihero adventure which is as unexpected as it is hilarious."
But although you can clearly expect an enjoyable couple of hours - whether that be at a home cinema or theater - the verdict does come with its reservations: "But The Suicide Squad also falters under the weight of its own personality, trading a relentless commitment to style and humor for the streamlined storytelling and emotional impact that have made its comic book contemporaries so popular."
To read more of our thoughts, check out TechRadar's full review of The Suicide Squad.
What else can I watch on HBO Max?
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Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.