As the world awaits the first teaser trailer for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, people have been getting by during this relatively slow period in the Warner Bros./DC shared cinematic universe news cycle by following the updates for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. That villain/antihero team-up will follow Batman v Superman in theaters next year, and the cast and crew have been preparing for filming, which starts next month.
Jared Leto has slowly but surely been transforming himself into the Joker. Ayer has been teasing the massive weaponry he’ll use in the film. Will Smith and Margot Robbie are getting themselves into superhero shape. Now, Jai Courtney, who will play Captain Boomerang, has something new for fans to chew over.
During a press junket for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the actor spoke with Access Hollywood, where he was asked about his role in the upcoming DC Comics film. One of the first things Courtney mentioned was how he’s looking forward to finally meet his high profile co-stars, since the cast members have mainly been out doing their own thing after signing on:
“Everyone’s been in training, but we’re yet to kind of all converge and get down, but that’s happening this week. I can’t wait. It’s really cool. It’s going to be [as] big as you can imagine and, you know, it’s a really interesting world.”
For anyone who’s familiar with the pre-production phase of Suicide Squad, it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that the core individuals of the team aren’t going out to dinner every night. Ayer has incorporated a fairly secretive filmmaking style to this point, with none of the actors having read the screenplay as recently as a few weeks ago, as well as having no knowledge of how the character relationships play out. An element that should make the film so compelling is the unpredictable nature of morally ambiguous people, so this should help convey that onscreen.
It will also be fascinating to explore the twisted team dynamics and how these people react when they are forced to work together to accomplish a common goal. Unlike heroes, who are willing to unite for a common cause, antiheroes/villains may be looking for an upper hand on their “companions” during the mission. That may go beyond what we see in the film, as Courtney indicates Ayer will encourage friendly competition among the actors:
“That’s such a privilege as an actor when you are presented with a challenge and expected to really bring it and match and kind of come along. I think the group he’s assembled, there’s probably going to be a really healthy amount of competition between us. You know, not just to do it like the macho elements of like getting in shape and stuff….And you bring out the best in one another when you demand that of each other.”
Composed of a group of characters who largely look after their own best interests, it would be a greatly missed opportunity if Ayer did not showcase some rivalries forming between Squad members.
The relationship between Boomerang and Deadshot (Smith), for example, should be an interesting one to see unfold, as they are two experts who “never miss” with their weapons. Little things like that, if handled properly, could elevate Suicide Squad beyond your typical genre fare and catapult it into the realm of mind-blowing entertainment. It’ll be fun to see how it all comes together.
Suicide Squad will be in theaters August 5, 2016.
Source: Access Hollywood