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Suicide Squad Creator Cameos in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad



The Suicide Squad’s “red band” trailer hit today to near-universal praise. The short trailer was so full of characters and lines that it would be easy to miss even a big Easter egg, so director James Gunn called out his favorite on Twitter.

The cameo was called out first by comics writer (and top-tier Twitter troll) Gail Simone, who has previously worked on Suicide Squad.

“Did you see him in the trailer?” Gunn wrote. “It only makes sense that the actual creator of [The Suicide Squad] is the one to put the bombs in the their heads (and it helped that John Ostrander was actually a former actor.)” You’re not going to know Ostrander from anything, as he was a theater actor up until the early 1980s, when he moved into writing comics. Since then he’s written stories about the Suicide Squad, Batman, Aquaman, the Punisher, the X-Men, and a whole bunch of Star Wars comic books.

It’s a small cameo, but a fun way to honor the creator and let him stretch his acting chops. It would be an easy one to miss, too.

We still have a long wait ahead until The Suicide Squad’s August 6, 2021 release date, so in the meantime, check out our breakdown of the new trailer and all the new posters for the film. The original Suicide Squad film was famously tampered with by executives, so Warner Bros. addressed whether it might be getting the “Snyder Cut” treatment.



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