Next year, audiences will be treated to Warner Bros./DC Entertainment’s Suicide Squad, a comic book film centering on a team of antiheroes and villains, some of which are the most iconic in the company’s lore. The movie will introduce us to a potentially terrifying new Joker, the fan-favorite Harley Quinn, and the compelling assassin Deadshot (among others).
Names like Killer Croc and even Rick Flag are strong enough that they seem like good fits for a squad of this nature, but if there’s one person who seems out of place to the uninitiated, it’s “Captain Boomerang,” the Flash baddie being brought to life by actor Jai Courtney in the film. On the outset, the character sounds more silly than intimidating, which was a sentiment Courtney himself shared when he was cast.
While speaking with Spotlight Report to promote the upcoming Terminator: Genisys, Courtney said his unfamiliarity with the source material made him “cringe” when director David Ayer told Courtney what role he wanted the Australian thespian to portray:
“I hadn’t read a script at all when I signed on. We’d met on a couple of occasions and we’d spoken. And, to be honest, when he told me that the role of Captain Boomerang was what he was thinking, I kind of cringed. Cause I wasn’t a comic book kid. I wasn’t familiar with the DC universe and the history of that. So I knew nothing about it. And I was, like, ‘Oh, god, Captain Boomerang…Really?…I really don’t know how Australians will react to this.’ “
As one might expect, Captain Boomerang’s earliest days in publication were certainly a little more campy than other members of the DC Rogues gallery (with his colorful costume and such), but over time the character has evolved into something a little more serious-minded that’s more in line with the tone of the shared DC cinematic universe, a renegade villain who is downright fatal with his trusty arsenal of boomerangs. Based on the first image of the Suicide Squad cast, it’s obvious that Ayer is looking to the modern interpretation as his primary source of inspiration. Boomerang may maintain elements of his original comedy relief persona, but he’s looking just as lethal as his colleagues.
And that vision is what changed Courtney’s opinion about his role in the massive franchise. In the same interview, the actor seemed very enthusiastic about what Ayer has in store for fans, stating that his character will earn a rightful spot on the Suicide Squad roster with the proper balance:
“And It’s funny, ‘cause something like that you want to do right. And it’s been interesting finding the balance. But he’s the perfect guy to have on your side, because you look at some of the comic books and some of the old ’60s stuff is so hammy, you know, and kind of camp. But, get a guy like David Ayer at the helm of a thing like this and it really gets kind of dark and gritty, and, you know, awesome. And he’s a stickler for authenticity. So I think what we’re going to create is going to be really, really cool.”
Obviously, Courtney isn’t going to trash a film he’s in the process of shooting, but his words are still encouraging nonetheless. Even if his use of buzzwords like “dark” and “gritty” may cause some to roll their eyes, it’s important to keep in mind that Ayer has always maintained he will be staying loyal to the comic canon with his movie. And given that authenticity is something he’s staving for, that hopefully means the characterization of Boomerang is something both die-hard comic readers and casual moviegoers will be able to enjoy.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017; Justice League – November 17, 2017; The Flash – March 23, 2018; Aquaman – July 27, 2018; Shazam – April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14, 2019; Cyborg – April 3, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19, 2020.
Source: Spotlight Report