“Altered Carbon” and “Robocop” actor Joel Kinnaman is one of the few returnees from 2016’s “Suicide Squad” in the upcoming sequel/semi-reboot “The Suicide Squad” which is currently in production.
James Gunn takes over as writer/director for the project, replacing the first film’s helmer David Ayer, and as a result it’s expected the new film will be more tongue-in-cheek than the last. Kinnaman, who is out doing press for Apple TV+ series “For All Mankind,” tells Variety that it goes even further that:
“[James Gunn] is an incredible guy. He’s written a fantastic script. It’s so funny…I feel like I’m shooting my first comedy. There are a lot of really funny people there. It’s like a learning experience. I’m around a lot of incredible funny people.”
Kinnaman also spoke about his old friend Robert Pattinson who is joining the DC universe as the new Batman. The tall Swede had nothing but praise for “The Lighthouse” star:
“He just turned down almost everything and spent seven, eight years just doing obscure films with interesting directors. Films that very few people saw,” he said. “But he was going to film school…And now he’s taken on Batman. And I think that’s so smart because now he’s ready to do that. Now he can do his own thing with that, and I think if he’d tried to do something like that maybe five years ago, then it would’ve been something that someone else just put on him. Someone just threw a suit on him. I’m looking forward to what Rob Pattinson is going to do with his Batman.”
Kinnaman is simultaneously shooting the second season of “For All Mankind” with the new ‘Squad’, the first season of the show is set to premiere on November 1st on the forthcoming streaming service. Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” will hit cinemas on August 6th 2021.