The Suicide Squad Is HBO Max's Most Successful DC Release, Says James Gunn

Suicide Squad allegedly outperforms the Snyder Cut


1/15/2022 7:37:00 PM

James Gunn says TheSuicideSquad is the most-streamed DC project on HBO Max, meaning it beat out the likes of Zack Snyder's Justice League for the top spot.

Suicide Squad allegedly outperforms the Snyder Cut

The Suicide Squad was released in theaters and simultaneously on HBO Max on August 6, 2021, during a time that pandemic-era audiences were especially slow to return to theaters for anything other than Marvel movies. Although HBO Max isn't transparent about their streaming numbers, The Suicide Squad underperformed at the box office and was generally considered to be a failure, especially by the standards of a big-budget superhero movie. It did take in $167 million worldwide, but on the back of a $185 million budget, The Suicide Squad seemed to be floundering.

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RejectTheSnyderCult DC Zack’s Snyderverse Check out all the SnyderFans Harley violent 💜💜. All I need. Oh. Sure. Suicide Squad is trash with overacting unlikable characters. Jared Leto, ewe Stop poking the SnyderSimps both were whack. lol 😉 Frankly it deserved to be it was funny,entertaining,great visuals,great action and a lot of heart and wasent 2 hours too long

BoycottWB Despite the charts, the Snydercut got made cause of fan demand versus what the studio preferred…🤷🏾‍♂️

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It was a great movie. Way better than the first one. THE FLOP SQUAD is the most streamed DC project on hbomax, beating out the GLOBAL PHENOMENON? Baloney! RestoreTheSnyderVerse As it should. I mean international it ZSJL In american It ZSJL but where is the number James Gunn lies* FIFY🤬 Walter Hamada owes an apology to the participants of the Justice League investigation. AccountabilityEntertainment BoycottWB Discovery DiscoveryIncTV discoveryplus ATT RestoreTheSnyderVerse ReleaseTheAyerCut 🇸🇪🖖 or GTFO 🤬🤬🤬

Should I believe WB, who called us toxic, lied and covered up racist and sexist behavior, or every other source claiming that ZackSnydersJusticeLeague was the most watched and talked about movie? RestoreTheSnyderVerse BoycottWB Prove it

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I only watch screenrant for this guy. 😂😂😂 nope I think the reason for this is very few saw it in the theatres. Snydercut crashed HBO max though ShowTheData So just some “he said she said” with no actual evidence You wish Good. The Suicide Squad is a much better film than Zack Snyder's Justice League. At least in my opinion.

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It's my 3rd favorite movie now stop lying dudes...come on have some integrity, atleast put his complete statement For Obvious reasons😉😏 H_FQuinzel H_FQuinzel Good, ZSJL is insufferably long and tedious to watch. Also I actively want the Snyder cultists to be sad and not get what they want. Meanwhile JGtSS is a legitimately great movie and James Gunn is a significantly better filmmaker who understands what's makes these worlds fun.

Oh no, Zack Snyder fans are coming TSS is superior anyway 🅿️

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Restorethesnyderverse Because it's a much better movie. A wider audience wants to see something like this. Here come the Snyder Cult in 3,2,1.... It's a better movie, so no surprise there...but I'm not sure if the last part of that sentence was even needed really. Not surprised No accounting for taste 😒

And yet Zack Snyder's Justice League is the most discussed film on twitter? 🤨 Justice league is a pretty long movie so it makes sense nobody talks about flop squad. nobody went cinema to see it. it didnt crash hbomax like snydercut/friends/mare of eastwood did. but go ahead & lie lie lie about 150M trailer views & hbomax views 🤣🥴

Well Jamed Gunn is cresting a false narrative .. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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It’s almost like it’s a better movie or something 🤔 It was.. ok. Once was enough for me tho They lyin once again lmao Honestly who cares. Both we're great. Why does picking one over the other have to be necessary? This division between DC fans and Snyder fans is getting fucking stupid. james gunn made a movie that only he and his family went to see at the cinema how profitable it was XD

By views or by hours? I've watched ZSJL a few times, same for TSS... but I would need to watch TSS nearly twice as much to match the runtime of ZSJL... just sayin I streamed Eternals twice cause i kept turning it off in anger. Does that mean I like it for these streaming algorithms disneyplus Streaming services don't always release the numbers publicly, but they give them to the creators of a movie. Netflix does it, so HBO max probably does the same. It doesn't surprise me

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Big asterisk here… My Ass 😂 Good movie is way better than that 4 hour trash pile Oh! No! Snyder fanatics are going to be pissed. TheSuicideSquad is an absolutely brilliant comic book movie & deserves any accolades! I'll never be able to believe that. I can get behind WW84, MK or GvK (good movies or not) if listed, but not TSS.

Until the release numbers to the public I’m not trusting a damn thing that studio says. They have a history.

Source: Samba TV miasmacomics I mean HBO max crashed in the release of ZSJL right Ha ha ha.. what are the exact numbers Mr. JamesGunn (for both TSS & ZSJL) Except HBO says that Mortal Kombat was the top movie. Why are Snyder fans so but hurt about this tweet? Who cares what was viewed the most? Yes, because The Suicide Squad is, you know, fun to watch.

According to WB own paid for metric system Samba TV

OKAY Every movie compared to ZSJL performance is a good thing. Maybe it was most streamed or maybe it was to cover loss it made. His JL was terrible. He's a filmmaker that is just style over substance and he can't write at all. I'm glad the whole thing is in the past now where it should be. Omg don't tell these Snyder dorks that.

I don’t know how because it sucked ass in comparison to the master piece that was Snyder cut. Do your research before you post lies God can people get over snyder cut for the love of Christ I enjoyed it but it was still awful and now we can move on

Bullshit. I don’t believe anything HBOmax or WB says. They won’t release the real numbers. That makes sense it's a absolutely amazing movie So what James Gunn : Then release the numbers Good Lol Can y’all in the comments chill? Snyder & Gunn are friends so who the fuck cares if Gunn does better or not? Snyder would be proud of him & you all should be too.

Deserved That's a load of...

Umigurashi5 I know Snyder fans are seething rn maguirekevin I seem to remember that alot more people started watching ZSJL than finished it. Leave it to a Marvel Director to help DC I guess. James Gunn, you’re one lucky son of a Celestial. How does an opinion mean that? Zack Snyder's Justice League is still being considered the benchmark to defeat. Zack Snyder is truly a remarkable director to have whipped out such a monstrous standard on these amateurs that they need to bark at him over it. Yeesh.

Which one sold more blu ray and 4ks tho? Si, si dile que les creemos. Que sigan creyendo que somos pendejos. We don’t actually know it was the better movie Well to be fair… you can watch The Suicide Squad twice in the time it takes to watch the Snyder cut once.

It didn't. They never provide any stats That's a lie. Nahh not at all XD WHAT A LIE Doubt Maybe beat out ZSJL this month. Stop trying to find favor with WB with this pandering bullshit Says Warnermedia owned SambaTV lmao. The actual numbers from HBO Max were never released for ZSJL. Miss me with that bs No it doesnt 🤣🤣🤣🤣


Well, obviously. Ww84 beat ZSJL Well, 4 hours is pretty long. I’d still have to say ZackSnydersJusticeLeague TheSuicideSquad snyder cult thinks his content is all that because they're extremely vocal, but the world doesn't revolve around them And here comes the triggered Snyderverse stans And i say that Lost was the most streamed series ever ...

Suck it snyder fans Zack movie blew

I thought it was incredibly stupid. Yes of course. It's DCEU best ever movie. Snyder cultist tears… 😎😎😎 LETS GO as it should 🙏🙏🙏💯 dios plan I’m glad 🙂 but I loved both fucking project As it should.

This you though? Duh Not hard. 🤣🤣🤣 The amount of people on here who feel they have to defend just a decent movie they view as gospel is astonishing Rubbish I'm a fan of TSS but did he literally just say this without presenting the numbers? Very weird if true Yeah. Because JL was still hot garbage.

Its good & watchable unlike the snyder 💩 I honestly, doubt it. I've seen ZackSnydersJusticeLeague about 10-12 times, and just one single time TSS. Well that sucks This is objectively a lie. TSS didn't even made top ten (number 14 by the end of the realase year, Snyder Zack Snyder's Justice League closed at number 2 worldwide, number 1 in USA, dominating from March til' May). Source: Flixpatrol RestoreTheSnyderVerse

That's false. We need the worldwide statistics for both. Using Samba TV alone as a measurement on how a movie performed is plain stupid. Yeah we’ve known that since Suicide Squad came out Im betting it is.

Sorry,but I prefer ..... DavidAyersSuicideSquad over this one.... ReleaseTheAyerCut RestoreTheSnyderVerse Lots of mentally ill since COVID-19 lol Source: 🤣🤣 No one, with half a brain, believes their lies anymore. Don't try so hard. RestoreTheSnyderVerse BoycottWB Watch out. The Snyder loons will attack.

Snyder fans are shaking and crying and throwing up and pissing and shitting cringe af

I know why Samba TV's estimates may be off in absolute accuracy. I don't know why they would be off relative to all the shows they measure. If Samba measured TSS as having more views than ZSJL, why would they be wrong about that? As if that's the whole story anyway. Maybe because it’s a fantastic movie

That's a really biased source, don't you think? Plus, it has always a quality over quantity thing. Zack Snyder is hands down the better filmmaker!!! RestoreTheSnyderVerse This has to be the lowest , cheapest shithousery in streaming history Good better than Zack JL He also said Tss most viewed trailer D

Here Come the Annoying SnyderMites 😂 Dick sucking Zack Thats nice. Samba tv was his Source?…

WB refused to release numbers for The Snyder Cut. If he say earth is flat thats mean earth is flat? He’s always been a jokester Source: samba tv 😂 Remember when SnyderCut was released, not all countries had hbomax Dude. I recall that Hbo Go server went down only for zsjl and friends reunio 🤷‍♀️ Yes we will totally believe the guy who deleted 10 thousand tweets about fucking kids

Lol his only backup is Samba 😂 Biggest DCEU flop ever in box office! Also.. where is the official proof saying that TSS was big in 'HBO Max' (only on HBO Max though it is not even close to ZSJL numbers in other steaming services worldwide) James Gunn talks nonsense sometimes. W

Where the proof .. release the numbers Only masochists (like me) would sit through 4 hours of JL in 4:3 Gunn is pathetic he refers only to Samba. Sure... The combination of hbo and hbo max confuses this. For the first 30 days it was only on hbomax now it's on hbo proper as well 'on HBO max' 'it has now been revealed that Zack Snyder's Justice League after releasing in China on the streaming service Migu has now achieved a record of over 500 million views!' 'Snyder's four-hour epic beats Crave streaming records set by GAME OF THRONES in Canada'

Is TSS a global phenomea? Fine, time to watch ZackSnydersJusticeLeague again then

I mean that's not surprising consider it's the latest DC movie and is barely half a year old 🤷 ZackSnydersJusticeLeague 🔥🔥🔥 We’re literally about to start it. idriselba Is Never In Anything That Isn't Good Shit 💜💙😎 People will rewatch a movie under two hours lol no ones trying to rewatch a 4 hour movie multiple times.

That’s a lie from a pedo

According to director James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is the best-performing DC film on streaming. The film, which is a follow-up to the similarly titled Suicide Squad from 2016, provides a largely new team of DC villains (alongside Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn) to wreak havoc while on an important mission on the island nation of Corto Maltese. The star-studded cast also includes Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, John Cena as Peacemaker, and Joel Kinnaman returning as Colonel Rick Flag. The Suicide Squad was released in theaters and simultaneously on HBO Max on August 6, 2021, during a time that pandemic-era audiences were especially slow to return to theaters for anything other than Marvel movies. Although HBO Max isn't transparent about their streaming numbers, The Suicide Squad underperformed at the box office and was generally considered to be a failure, especially by the standards of a big-budget superhero movie. It did take in $167 million worldwide, but on the back of a $185 million budget, The Suicide Squad seemed to be floundering. Related: Where The Rest Of The Suicide Squad Are During Peacemaker On Twitter, a fan tweeted that they hope The Suicide Squad finds a big audience on HBO Max, to which James Gunn had a surprising response. He announced that"TSS is already the biggest DC project ever on streaming & HBO Max." This hasn't been officially confirmed by the service, but if so it would mean that the streaming numbers are probably strong enough to make up for its poor box office showing, even outpacing the epic, fan-demanded Zack Snyder cut of 2017's Justice League. Check out Gunn's post below: Thank you but TSS is already the biggest DC project ever on streaming & @hbomax. — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) January 14, 2022 Click Here to View the Original Post Some might say that the existence of the new HBO Max spinoff series Peacemaker, which stars John Cena reprising his role, would prove that the film was doing well on streaming. However, that show was produced during the pandemic after the film's release date was delayed and concluded filming in July 2021, a month before The Suicide Squad premiered. It would be less of a financial risk to air the series than bury it. On the other hand, it wouldn't be wise for James Gunn to lie about something that HBO could easily refute, so it seems likely that he's telling the truth. This spells good news for fans of The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker. If the streaming numbers continue to be strong, there's a chance that the franchise will live on, though they'll either have to give the next Suicide Squad project an exclusive theatrical window or perhaps just pivot it entirely to streaming from now on. Next: Peacemaker Means The Suicide Squad's Ending Didn't Matter Source: James Gunn .item-num::after { content: '/ '; } Key Release Dates Share Share Tweet Email 0 Comment Eternals: All 4 Deleted Scenes Explained Related Topics About The Author Brennan Klein (501 Articles Published) Brennan (he/him) is a senior writer at Screen Rant and a millennial who knows more about 80's slasher films than he has any right to. A former host of the Attack of the Queerwolf podcast, Brennan has been writing and podcasting about pop culture (especially horror films) for a decade. Brennan's interests also include the Muppets, bubblegum pop from around the world, and reading (especially Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, the manga of Junji Ito, and novels of magical realism). His favorite film directors are Wes Craven and Pedro Almodóvar. More From Brennan Klein