We are three weeks away from the release of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, the third film in Warner Bros DCEU and new details along with high-quality images from set visits last year have hit the net.
One of the big talking points of the DC villain team-up movie is Jared Leto’s Joker. When David Ayer met with the producers and executives at Warner Bros, originally he wanted be Joker to wear the characters iconic purple suit. But once Jared Leto signed on to play the Clown Prince of Gotham, he and Ayer worked to develop the character even further and it no longer fit with their version.
Here are some other cool details:
- Suicide Squad takes place after the events of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, and is connected to Batman v Superman “in many ways.”
- The flashbacks will include The Joker and Harley Quinn’s relationship in the world of casinos and gangsters
- The film is a true ensemble, but Deadshot is the proverbial leader and Ayer says “this is really Will Smith’s movie.”
- The intense rehearsal process consisted of Ayer pulling out deeply personal aspects of each actor to fully flesh out their characters.
- Harley Quinn is “nuts” when she’s with the Joker, but when she’s interacting with the rest of the Suicide Squad without Joker, Robbie says she’s “a little more focused.”
- Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg is described as the “right hand man” of Amanda Waller.
- The “adversaries” in the film are being kept under wraps, but the producers hinted that they may not actually be pulling their own levers.
- Putting Batman in the film was David Ayer’s idea and desire, because he has such a strong connection to so many of the characters in Belle Reve.
- Scott Eastwood plays a Navy SEAL that’s part of the main mission alongside the Suicide Squad, not a comics character. (There is conflicting reports on Eastwoods role [click here])
- Ayer chose which members of the Squad would be in the movie. There was no mandate from the studio. But he did collaborate with Geoff Johns when it came to crafting certain stories for some of the characters.
- While on set, the producers stressed that the film has a tremendous sense of humor as a result of putting this dysfunctional family together.
- In terms of design, Ayer wanted all of the Suicide Squad to come from a very gritty, real-based urban world, with Joker at the top of the criminal underworld tree.
- Enchantress’ costume designs are all rooted in North American history.
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje had to practice a lot in the mirror with his Killer Croc mask to figure out how intensely he needed to push out his facial expressions.When creating the look of Killer Croc, Ayer and Akinnuoye-Agbaje wanted to ground him in reality as much as possible, so many of the skin tones are blended with the actor’s real skin tones. The full body Killer Croc makeup took six hours to put on. For research, Akinnuoye-Agbaje went down to the everglades in Fort Lauderdale to watch and videotape crocodiles. This lead to him developing signature moves for his character when he launches into his prey.
- Akinnuoye-Agbaje developed a specific walk for Killer Croc that is sinuous, almost as if he’s moving through water.
- Karen Fukuhara, who plays Katana, said she read through the Katana comics and Birds of Prey to prepare, but she added, “I come from a very Japanese family so it wasn’t that hard to understand her as a person.”
Here are some high-resolution images from Suicide Squad in the gallery below:
Suicide Squad follows the events of Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice, and takes place in a post-Superman world where the government tries to determine how to respond in the event that an alien with more villainous intentions visits Earth. Ruthless intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) offers to recruit society’s worst criminals, those possessing lethal skills and superhuman powers. Her first target: the possessed archaeologist June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne).
When Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, Waller’s plan gets the go-ahead. She cuts deals with the whole squad of prisoners: Deadshot (Will Smith) gets his Second Amendment rights reinstated, Harley (Margot Robbie) is set free from her cage, Diablo (Jay Hernandez) steps out of his fireproof prison, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) each get to wield their signature weapons once more, and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) emerges from the swamp. The only condition is this: Obey orders or die. This is strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and of course the explosive devices – developed by Wayne Enterprises – inserted into their necks. However, the arrival of the tatted-up Gotham City mega-criminal, the Joker (Jared Leto), might doom the mission thanks to his plan to reunite with his true love, Harley.
Suicide Squad hits screens August 5th