Netflix Trolls The Suicide Squad With A Trailer For 2010's The Losers
Netflix trolls with a trailer for another, vaguely similar comic book adaptation, 2010’s The Losers. Writer/director James Gunn’s sequel and spiritual reboot of , The Suicide Squad, releases on HBO Max and in theaters this week. The adaptation of John Ostrander’s comic sees Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) recruit newcomers including Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), and King Shark (Sylvester Stallone) to join Rick Flag’s (Joel Kinnaman) Task Force X. Alongside familiar faces like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), this new squad of oddball supervillains is sent on yet another suicide mission.
Anticipation for Gunn’s first foray into the precarious DC Extended Universe has been immense. Promotional material for The Suicide Squad shows off its chaotic humor and team dynamic while Gunn repeatedly teases on high body count. as fans and critics alike praise the Guardians of the Galaxy director’s R-rated vision that honors its source material. Piggybacking off this hype, another Warner Bros. project featuring a “squad” on a “suicide” mission (which also happens to star Idris Elba) has found new legs on Netflix.
recently posted a trailer for director Sylvain White’s The Losers to its official Twitter account. The comic book adaptation hit the streamer's number one movie spot this week and Netflix looks to capitalize on its momentum as The Suicide Squad prepares to takeover HBO Max. Check out Netflix’s quasi-brilliant troll below:
The Losers was adapted from Andy Diggle’s DC Vertigo comic book series of the same name. It was written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt and stars Elba, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, , and Columbus Short. As Morgan’s character says in the trailer, “C.I.A.? N.S.A.? Special Forces? We're not them—[they’re] the losers.” Losers sent on a doomed mission. In addition to being based on a comic book and featuring a very genre-savvy cast, The Losers came out the same year as Iron Man 2, Kick-Ass, and Jonah Hex. That said, The Losers received mixed reviews from critics and lost at the box office, making roughly $29 million on a $25 million budget.
Not unlike The Suicide Squad, The Losers focuses on a group of misfits, explosions, and the looming possibility of betrayal. Unlike The Suicide Squad, The Losers is rated PG-13 and drew many comparisons to The A-Team, another film that came out that year about a Special Forces team embarking on a seemingly impossible mission. While one would be forgiven for watching the opening seconds of The Loser’s trailer and think it's for The Suicide Squad, Gunn’s film is much bloodier, more insane, and nothing like The A-Team.