Warner Bros’ R-rated film Suicide Squad has set a new world record for most-watched trailer in its first week, according to writer-director James Gunn. The studio behind the DC Films set released the first Red Band trailer on March 26, with a new look at Rick Flag’s (Joel Kinnaman) gang of villains dying to save the world: Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), Dota Man (David Dastmalchian) and King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone) are all reunited and torn apart by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).
Just learned that the redband trailer for #TheSuicideSquad has set a new record for the number of views of redband trailers in a week, with over 150 million views worldwide, Gunn tweeted on Friday. I am incredibly grateful to all of you for making this possible! THANK YOU.
Suicide Squad breaks the recent record set by Warner Bros. Pictures – a gory and violent adaptation of the fighting video game franchise – now New Line Cinema reported that the film won the title of most watched trailer of all time. The adults-only trailer for director Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat counted 116 million views in its first week, according to a recent report, beating the four-day records of the Marvel-Fox X-Men Logan spin-off (released in 2017) and Deadpool 2 (released in 2018) starring Ryan Reynolds.
I was just told that the redband trailer for #TheSuicideSquad has set a new record for the number of views of redband trailers in one week, with over 150 million views worldwide. I am incredibly grateful to all of you for making this possible! thank you so much! pic.twitter.com/3bRFBDcvOV
– James Gunn (@JamesGunn) 2. April 2021
Unlike its PG-13 predecessor, David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad, Gunn’s film about a group of disposable costumed supervillains who carry out suicide missions in exchange for a shorter prison sentence gets an R rating. DC Extended Universe newcomer John Cena, who plays the Peacekeeper, has already said that Gunn’s film is pretty graphic.
Producer Peter Safran said during his first presentation of Suicide Squad at the DC FanDome last summer that it was a totally unique work. It’s a realistic 1970s war movie combined with James Gunn’s intelligent characterization and comedy.
In Suicide Squad, Welcome to Hell – aka. Bell Reeve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the United States, where the worst super-villains are held and where they will do anything to get out – even join the super-secret, super-dark Task Force X. Today’s make or break mission? Collect a collection of curators including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite Pucho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them and drop them (literally) on the isolated and hostile island of Corto Maltese.
Suicide Squad comes out on the 6th. August in theaters and on HBO Max.