‘The Suicide Squad’ is now available on HBO Max, but you need the ad-free plan to stream it

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  • “The Suicide Squad” debuted on HBO Max and in theaters on August 5.
  • The star-studded cast includes Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, and John Cena.
  • To watch the movie at home, you need an ad-free subscription to HBO Max ($15/month).

“The Suicide Squad” premiered on HBO Max during a special preview on August 5 at 7 p.m. ET. The movie will remain available to stream for 31 days, but you need the ad-free

plan ($15/month) to watch it.

Written and directed by James Gunn, “The Suicide Squad” features Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and a group of dangerous inmates from Belle Reve prison. The ragtag team of supervillains is sent on a bloody quest to destroy a laboratory with a dark past on the island of Corto Maltese.

Insider gave “The Suicide Squad” an A- in our full review. According to Entertainment Correspondent Kirsten Acuna, the film is “one the smartest comic-book movies ever” and it deserves to be watched more than once. 

Where to watch ‘The Suicide Squad’

“The Suicide Squad” premiered on HBO Max on August 5, but it’s only available to watch with the HBO Max ad-free plan. The movie will remain on HBO Max through September 5. After that date, the film will be exclusive to theaters until its home video release.

HBO Max’s ad-free plan costs $15 a month. The service offers a less expensive ad-supported option for $10 a month, but that plan does not include in-theater movies like “The Suicide Squad.”

is currently offering a free seven-day trial of HBO Max to subscribers who sign up for its add-on service. To get the trial through Hulu, you must be new to HBO Max.

HBO Max is available on smartphones, tablets, computers, PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, and select smart TVs, including Samsung and LG models. Visit the HBO Max website for a complete list of supported devices.

“The Suicide Squad” is available in up to

Ultra HD resolution with HDR on compatible TVs and media players. You can check to see if your device supports high-quality streaming on the HBO Max website.

Are ‘The Suicide Squad’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ different movies?

Though they have similar titles, “The Suicide Squad” is considered to be a standalone film that takes place after the events of 2016’s “Suicide Squad.”

Certain actors, like Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, reprise their roles in the 2021 film, but other actors, like Jared Leto and Will Smith, do not. Though the new movie references the first, the creators don’t consider it a direct sequel. 

The original “Suicide Squad” movie from 2016 is also available on HBO Max, alongside many other DC superhero movies like “Birds of Prey,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and Zack Snyder’s “Justice League.” 

In addition to “The Suicide Squad,” you can stream “Space Jam: A New Legacy” while it’s still in theaters. “Space Jam” will remain on HBO Max until August 15.