On Aug. 6, the “The Suicide Squad” explores from the beautiful mind of writer/director James Gunn and Warner Bros. Pictures. This new superhero action-adventure from the DC world features a collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup.

Here’s how it starts. Buckle up and welcome to hell, a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the U.S. of A. Where the worst super-villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin, and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. The next step, arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

At the Zoom press conference held last week, the team teased actor Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”) with many of the cast confessing that they signed on for an opportunity to work with the gifted Elba who plays Bloodsport, a world-class marksman, specializing in brutality—his hands, and anything he wields with them, are deadly weapons. He’s trained by his mercenary father from the moment he was born, which developed him into a hardened criminal with one, hidden soft spot, a weakness that

Amanda Waller uses to persuade (i.e. blackmail) him to join the Squad.

“Bloodsport is a character that lives deep in the vaults of the DC world,” says Idris Elba. “He comes from this sort of very tough military background and has an incredible amount of tech. But he’s quite a grumpy guy and not fun to be around. He’s disgruntled. He’s been in jail for a long time and hates the system. He hates Superman—he’s in jail for putting him in intensive care.”

Warner Bros. Pictures presents an Atlas Entertainment/A Peter Safran Production, A James Gunn Film, “The Suicide Squad.”

“The Suicide Squad” stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker,” “F9”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise), Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” BBC’s “Doctor Who” ), David Dastmalchian (upcoming “Dune,” “Ant- Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Joaquín Cosio (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider- Verse,” TV’s “Narcos: Mexico”), Juan Diego Botto (“The Europeans”), Storm Reid (“The Invisible Man,” “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Euphoria”), Nathan Fillion (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” TV’s “The Rookie”), Steve Agee (“Brightburn,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), Sean Gunn (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, the “Avengers” films), Mayling Ng (“Wonder Woman”), Flula Borg (“Ralph Breaks the Internet”), Jennifer Holland (“Brightburn,” upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker”) and Tinashe Kajese (TV’s “Valor,” “The Inspectors”), with Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky,” “Rambo” and “Expendables” franchises), and Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Suicide Squad”).

Directed by James Gunn (the “Guardian of the Galaxy” films) from his own screenplay, based on characters from DC. The Suicide Squad” is rated R for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use, and brief graphic nudity.