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How to watch 'The Suicide Squad' on HBO Max on release day

Madison Durham
·3 min read
'The Suicide Squad' features a ragtag group of supervillans, including Margot Robbie in the role of Harley Quinn.
'The Suicide Squad' features a ragtag group of supervillans, including Margot Robbie in the role of Harley Quinn.

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad' is one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2021, to the point that the red band trailer alone is setting viewing records. DC’s terrifying, occasionally lovable group of supervillains turned reluctant, chipped-so-that-they-don’t-lash-out saviors are fan favorites, and after a lot of moving around and a 2016 film that left DC fans wanting more, we’re finally getting an updated story.

The Suicide Squad will release in theaters on August 6, 2021, but you can also catch it on HBO Max with an HBO account on its release day.

Where can you watch The Suicide Squad when it comes out?

You can find The Suicide Squad in theaters near you, but you can also catch it when it releases if you have an HBO Max subscription. HBO Max is currently only available in the United States and certain U.S. territories, and can be accessed with internet connection through Android products, Roku, Chromecast, iOS, some gaming consoles, and certain smart TV platforms.

HBO Max is home to HBO films and series, Max Original series and films, DC movies and shows, TCM content, the Adult Swim Collection, Studio Ghibli films, Cartoon Network’s vast catalogue, the Sesame Workshop collection, Looney Tunes, and more. The platform is constantly releasing new content, such as Allen v Farrow, season 2 of His Dark Materials, The King of Staten Island, and more.

What is The Suicide Squad about?

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad will follow up on the events of the 2016 Suicide Squad film as well as the events of Birds of Prey. The Suicide Squad has an all-star cast—seriously. So many stars. Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, and Peter Capaldi star, and that’s not even everyone. The film will feature members of the Suicide Squad from the 2016 film such as Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) as well as newcomers like Bloodsport (Idris Elba) and King Shark (Sylvester Stallone).

In the film, Amanda Waller returns to give the Suicide Squad a job, promising to remove 10 years from their sentences upon its completion. The trailer for the film features members of the Suicide Squad doing what they do best: barely completing missions and generally being extremely chaotic. There’s mention of a rescue mission to save Harley Quinn (who ends up not needing saving); King Shark’s appearances end up being adorable despite the fact that in most of them he’s either eating people or simply holding body parts. There’s also a kaiju.

If you want to watch the 2016 Suicide Squad or Birds of Prey before The Suicide Squad is released, both are available on HBO Max. The film also opens the door for a new series starring John Cena called Peacemaker (after his Suicide Squad character), that will also air on HBO Max in 2022.

How can you sign up for HBO Max?

HBO Max is the new streaming service from HBO. HBO Max is home to all HBO original movies and series, as well as a library of popular films and shows, including Wonder Woman 1984 and the upcoming Matrix 4. You can sign up for HBO Max on its own and access it through HBO’s website, or download the app to supported devices through your TV, digital, or mobile provider. A standalone HBO Max subscription starts at $14.99/month.

HBO Max is home to HBO content and series such as Insecure, Watchmen, Succession, and Euphoria. The platform hosts movies, series, and documentaries from many other sources, from films like Howl’s Moving Castle, The Matrix, Ocean’s 8, Wonder Woman, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy to series like Doctor Who, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Steven Universe, The Nanny, and many more.

Sign up for HBO Max for $14.99/month.

This article originally appeared on Reviewed: How to watch 'The Suicide Squad' (2021) on HBO Max on release day