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WIRE Buzz: The Suicide Squad title art; Wil Wheaton tries horror in 'Rent-A-Pal' trailer; Ryan Reynolds

By Jacob Oller
The Suicide Squad titles

As hush-hush as filmmaker James Gunn has been about his take on The Suicide Squad, some official art for the film is finally giving fans something solid to speculate over. The secrecy has its point, as Gunn hopped over to the DC world after helming a pair of Guardians of the Galaxy movies for Marvel in order to work on a film that ... well, it already happened. So his take on The Suicide Squad will be an inherently connected, similar-yet-different movie that’ll likely take the piss out of its predecessor and blow up a lot of people while doing it.

That is, if its newly released titles are any indication. This art comes from Gunn himself, who posted them in many languages on his Twitter account.

Take a look:

These titles might not tell fans much about the upcoming superhero film, but its styling — more Dirty Dozen than Man of Steel — certainly hints at the tone and bullet count they can anticipate. Nothing says “fun & gun” like a bullet-riddled title.

The massive cast of The Suicide Squad (which may indicate some quick-and-dirty deaths) includes returning squaddies Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney alongside Will Smith replacement Idris Elba, John Cena, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Taika Waititi, Pete Davidson, Alice Braga, and Michael Rooker.

As Gunn promises in the tweet, fans of the DC film and others can find out more about it at the DC FanDome (its alternative to Comic-Con@Home), which starts on Aug. 22. The Suicide Squad looks to hit theaters around this time next year, on Aug. 6, 2021.

Next, the writer behind Miracle Workers is seeing another adaptation of his work — this time turning into a monster movie for Universal.

Deadline reports that Simon Rich’s short story "Everyday Parenting Tips" (which involves a very real monster under a bed) will get the feature film treatment from director Paul King (Paddington), with Rich penning the screenplay and Ryan Reynolds taking the lead role. If that’s not enough talent, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are among its producers.

The story takes place during a monster-filled catastrophe on Earth, with Reynolds’ character the haggard father attempting to give advice through it all. Sounds like a perfect match for the genre staple’s deadpan.

No timeline is yet set for Everyday Parenting Tips.

Finally, one very bad VHS is haunting the first trailer for horror film Rent-A-Pal.

The story of a sad sack whose homebound lifestyle, caring for his elderly mother and watching plenty of videos from his ‘90s-era dating service, is interrupted and corrupted by a friendly tape starring Andy (Wil Wheaton). He promises friendship (the titular renting of a pal) and gives a whole mess of misery.

Check it out:

Lead Brian Landis Folkins is definitely in a toxic relationship with that video. He’s gotta return that tape. The spooky debut from writer/director Jon Stevenson (based on a real tape he found) also includes Kathleen Brady and Amy Rutledge among its cast.

Rent-A-Pal hits select theaters and On Demand on Sept. 11.