Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may be the next step in building Warner Bros.’ DC Cinematic Universe. However, as Suicide Squad continues filming, the villain team-up film – which will notably feature Jared Leto’s already-controversial take on the Joker – has been dominating the news cycle lately.
Set photos and videos – including some that seemingly spoil a key action sequence – have given fans their first (unofficial) glimpses of the film, but most of the cast and crew have remained mum about what to expect when Suicide Squad hits theaters next August. Now one cast member has spoken up about the style of action filmmaking the comic book adaptation will offer.
E! Online recently caught up with Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride) about the experience of filming Suicide Squad under director David Ayer (who previously worked alongside Eastwood on Fury). Here’s what he had to say about the project:
“[David Ayer] is doing something the world will be really surprised about. We’re doing a lot of our own stunts. Really physical. David is a very physical filmmaker. He wants everyone doing their own stuff. He doesn’t hire guys who aren’t willing to do that. I think active guys are always living with injuries. You’re always dealing with an injury. That’s part of it.”
Moviegoers who have recently praised the use of stunt work and practical effects in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road should be pleased to hear that Suicide Squad may be adopting a similar approach, rather than relying too heavily on CGI stunt doubles. Then again, Ayer’s films are known for their more grounded approach to action, and the director even recently talked up Suicide Squad‘s use of “old school filmmaking” on Twitter.
Eastwood, whose role in Suicide Squad remains a mystery (despite recent reports that he was up for the role of Wonder Woman love interest Steve Trevor), also shared his initial reaction to Leto’s Joker.
“I think I was sort of afraid to approach him because I didn’t want to mess with his thing going on. I knew him before. I’d met him before he was the Joker. I just met him as Jared Leto. I didn’t know if I wanted to mess with his thing.”
The hesitation Eastwood describes does nicely echo the response a lot of fans have had about Leto’s casting as the Clown Prince of Crime. The actor is known for truly committing to his roles, as demonstrated by his Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club. We’ve already discussed at length why Leto’s Joker could prove to be a huge asset to the DC Cinematic Universe and how the actor’s extreme portrayal could be just as fresh and exciting as those played by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. Eastwood’s brief reaction only serves to underscore the intensity Leto may bring to the big screen when he moviegoers see him next year.
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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: E! Online