There’s a reason why prisons are called the hell on Earth. Prisons are generally known for prohibiting stuff like riots, fights, and contrabands, but if you’re a prisoner at Belle Reve, the maximum-security prison from the DC movie The Suicide Squad, the list of things you are not allowed to do is a lot longer.
James Gunn recently shared on his Instagram account the image of Belle Reve’s warning sign. The sign is saying, for the collective safety, due to the superhuman nature of prisoners, it is prohibited to use powers like teleportation, telepathy, mind control, exorcism, weather manipulation, pyrokinesis, cryokinesis, electrokinesis, et cetera, et cetera. And failure to adhere to this rule will result in sending the culprit to solitary confinement.
Much like Blackgate Prison, Iron Heights, and Arkham Asylum, for example, Belle Reve is also one of the known fictional prisons in the DC Universe. Belle Reve first showed up in the comic book Suicide Squad #1 which was released in May 1987. The prison is known as Task Force X’s base of operations. It was a part of David Ayer’s 2016 movie Suicide Squad, and it returned (although it looked a hell of a lot different) in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which was released last August.
Many known DC villains were locked up in Belle Reve. In Ayer’s movie, the most notable prisoners were Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, and others. In Gunn’s movie, they were joined by Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Weasel, Nanaue, Ratcatcher 2, Calendar Man, and others. Some prisoners, like Calendar Man, only made a brief appearance which got some fans to think they have been only a teaser for the potential sequel.
Written and directed by James Gunn, and starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Peter Capaldi, The Suicide Squad was released last August in theaters and on HBOMax simultaneously. The movie grossed $167.4 million worldwide only from its theatrical release. The spin-off show, Peacemaker, will debut on HBOMax in January 2022.