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The Suicide Squad on HBO Max: Release date, price, how to stream online

A new trailer just dropped and August can't come soon enough.


The Suicide Squad is just under two months away.

Warner Bros.

A new trailer just dropped for James Gunn's absurd and violent The Suicide Squad, revealing more of its five-armed villain -- a giant starfish -- and that Harley Quinn makes sure she uses the facilities -- aka the toilet -- before going on a big mission.

Catch the fun below.

The standalone sequel to David Ayer's 2016 Suicide Squad will hit theaters and HBO Max in less than two months on Aug. 6. Warner Bros. has been following its simultaneous theatrical and streaming release plan, promising The Suicide Squad will hit HBO Max on the same day as the theatrical release -- but note you only have 31 days to watch it before it departs.

HBO Max has already seen a ton of blockbusters make an appearance in its streaming halls. Zack Snyder's Justice LeagueGodzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, the latest The Conjuring movie, Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights and the upcoming Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James (July 16) have either come and gone or are still available.

Here's everything you need to know to watch The Suicide Squad, including details on signing up for HBO Max.

When will The Suicide Squad be released?

The Suicide Squad hits theaters and HBO Max on Aug. 6, 2021.

Is it on HBO Max?

Yes. If you have HBO Max, just head to the streamer from Aug. 6 to catch The Suicide Squad. But remember, don't wait too long. Like Wonder Woman 1984, the blockbuster is only available on the streamer for a limited time -- one month. So it won't be available after Sept. 6.

How much does HBO Max cost?

Right now, HBO Max costs $15 a month.

Will it cost extra to watch The Suicide Squad?

Like Wonder Woman 1984, there's no extra charge beyond your subscription fee.

You might already have HBO Max and not know it

If you currently subscribe to HBO via your cable or satellite provider, you can probably get HBO Max without paying anything extra. We explain it in detail here, but essentially, you'll need to watch on a smart TV or streaming device -- or a Comcast Xfinity box -- using the HBO Max app and your home internet connection.

The Roku deal

Last December, Roku struck a deal that gives subscribers access to HBO Max. Roku users who already use the HBO app will automatically update to HBO Max. You can find more information here.

Read more: The 7 best movies to stream on HBO Max

First trailers

The first official trailer for The Suicide Squad landed late March. It's definitely looking like a bonkers flick befitting an R rating.

A slightly more PG-rated theatrical trailer followed.

Plus, a couple of TV spots.

Plot and cast

Classified as a standalone sequel to David Ayer's negatively received Suicide Squad from 2016, the new flick brings back a few of the same unhinged supervillains like Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang, as well as introducing a host more (most of whom you can expect to be killed off in violent ways -- especially with the R rating). Cast additions include:

  • Jon Cena -- Peacemaker
  • Idris Elba -- Bloodsport
  • Sylvester Stallone -- King Shark
  • Alice Braga -- Sol Soria
  • Peter Capaldi -- The Thinker
  • Pete Davidson -- Blackguard
  • Nathan Fillion -- T.D.K.
  • Storm Reid -- Tyla
  • David Dastmalchian -- Polka-Dot Man
  • Daniela Melchior -- Ratcatcher 2
  • Michael Rooker -- Savant
  • Sean Gunn -- Weasel
  • Flula Borg -- Javelin
  • Mayling Ng -- Mongal

They're playing various supervillains freed from Belle Reve penitentiary to take on a, yep, suicidal mission. Viola Davis' Amanda Waller returns to run the Task Force X program, enlisting the large squad to destroy a Nazi-era prison and laboratory, where they cross paths with Starro. A giant, telepathic starfish. Of course.