The Suicide Squad is the next DC film in line, and the sequel to the 2016 film Suicide Squad (yes we know, the names are extremely confusing).
Whilst the first film about the DC villains was quite universally hated, there’s a lot of anticipation for The Suicide Squad – what with it being headed by the MCU’s James Gunn and the stellar cast line-up which includes Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena and Peter Capaldi.
The Suicide Squad is on the list of Warner Bros. films that will be releasing both in cinemas and on HBO Max on the same day. This means that US viewers will have the choice of going to the cinemas and watching it at home.
But what about UK DC fans? We’ve rounded up everything you need to know – including how to watch The Suicide Squad on HBO Max in the UK, whether it will come to VOD services, what cinemas it will be out in and more. We also have similar articles for Black Widow, The Conjuring 3 and Mortal Kombat.
When is The Suicide Squad out in the UK?
We’re just a few months away from The Suicide Squad releasing, as the films hits cinemas in the UK and US and HBO Max on 6 August 2021.
You can take a look at the bonkers trailer for a teaser of what’s to come. We’re personally in love with King Shark, who is voiced by Sylvester Stallone.
From the horribly beautiful mind of @JamesGunn, #TheSuicideSquad hits theaters and @HBOMax August 6. Watch the Official Red Band trailer now, ❤️ to subscribe, and be among the first to receive content up until release! pic.twitter.com/O4fw1pbvXO— The Suicide Squad (@SuicideSquadWB) March 26, 2021
So far, The Suicide Squad has only been confirmed to come to cinemas in the UK, providing they are open by this date. You should be able to watch it in the likes of Odeon, Cineworld, Vue, The Everyman and more. We'll link to where you can pre-order tickets once they become available.
If, however, you’d prefer to watch the film at home, then there is a way.
How to watch The Suicide Squad in the UK on HBO Max
If you don’t fancy heading to the pictures, then you can watch The Suicide Squad on HBO Max here in the UK.
If you’d like to sign up for HBO Max, you can do so on the website for $14.99 per month. There will be a cheaper subscription available by the time The Suicide Squad comes out, but you won’t be able to watch new movie releases on this type of plan.
HBO Max is currently exclusive to America. However, you can still sign up for an account right here in the UK using a phone and a VPN. VPNs (virtual private networks) reroute your IP address so you can browse the web as if you’re from another country.
To watch The Suicide Squad on HBO Max, you will want to connect to a US server. For the best performance and pricing, we’d recommend either NordVPN or ExpressVPN . You can also check out our picks of the best VPNs for HBO Max for further recommendations.
Billing information for HBO Max
For the next step, you’ll need the HBO Max app. We have successfully tested this method using NordVPN and an Android phone.
Once you’ve bought the VPN you want, you'll need to download it on either your iOS or Android device. The HBO Max website currently only allows you to sign up if you have a payment card that's tied to the US. If you don't have that, here are the steps you should take:
- Launch your VPN on your iOS/Android device and connect to a US server
- Create a new Apple ID/Google Play account in your browser that's tied to the US (leave the country blank)
- Register your new account on your iOS/Android device app store
- You should now have access to the US app store - download and install the HBO Max app
- Tap 'skip' if the app store asks you to add payment information to your iOS/Google Play account before you've installed HBO Max
- Create a new account in the HBO Max app with your email address and password
- Use PayPal as your method of payment (this can be a UK account)
- Once your account is verified, you can sign in from any device
There have been reports of users not being able to install HBO Max on iOS as the app store forces users to register their payment details and doesn't accept UK PayPal if you try to register with this account.
To get round this, we recommend purchasing US App Store credit via a digital gift card - which can be added as a US payment option.
You can purchase this from places such as Amazon US, though there are other retailers available. You'll need a website that allows you to pay with UK bank details. The typical minimum amount you can purchase will be $25 - enough to cover one month's subscription of HBO Max.
When the site asks you to put in the recipient, enter your own email address and the code to redeem the money will be sent to your inbox. Then when you need to add payment information in the app store, select 'redeem gift card or code', and you should be able to add the money as credit on your account.
With this, you should then be able to sign up for an HBO Max account. Once your account is active, you can change your payment information back to your UK PayPal via the website to avoid having to pay for a new gift card every single time.
We’d like to stress that all of these methods are technically against HBO’s terms of service, so the company could cancel your account at any time. Proceed at your own risk.
Will The Suicide Squad release on UK steaming services, VOD or DVD?
We don’t yet have confirmation on if The Suicide Squad is coming to a UK streaming service like Now (as the Justice League Snyder Cut did), or if it will be releasing on VOD services like Google Play and Amazon Prime Video for rent (as Godzilla Vs. Kong did).
However, both of these films came out whilst UK cinemas were closed, so there is a possibility that The Suicide Squad may not release for home viewing in the UK at all. August is still quite a way off, so it all depends on how high attendance for cinemas is. We imagine the distribution plan is still being worked on, and we will update this article once we know more.
As for the DVD release, we assume that these sales will only go live after a few months have passed since the initial theatrical release.