In preparation for the release of Suicide Squad, Warner Bros is upping their marketing game with toys, various magazine covers, posters, a new trailer revealed during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, multiple clips, as well as featurettes that give a closer look to the “worst heroes ever” and how the movie came to be.
The Squad is comprised by some of DC’s most dangerous villains – some have been introduced before whether in cartoons or TV series such as Arrow, while some others have stayed in comic book pages until now. While people love bad guys – and sometimes these end up stealing the hero’s spotlight – the real deal with Suicide Squad was how to make the audience fall for these characters, but without them losing their essence.
In a new featurette, director David Ayer shares the challenge is how to make people fall in love with these baddies, who show a different side of what bad and evil could be. As Will Smith (who plays Deadshot) puts it, Suicide Squad is not a movie about “good vs evil” but more about “bad vs evil.” The video goes on to explore Ayer’s directing style and the physical training the cast had to go through.
“As a filmmaker, what I like to bring to the table is a grounded world, and the more you can populate that world with actors who can do the specific actions of the characters is incredibly important.”
The physicality of these characters was a priority, with the cast undergoing intense physical training in order for their moves during battles to look more natural and not rehearsed. Smith explains that this physicality helps them “feel the character,” with his co-star Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) agreeing that it makes you feel like “you are changing and getting into that role.”
On screen we will get to see a group of bad guys that work together kicking ass and saving the world, but off-screen the relationship between the cast was even better than that of their characters. The Joker himself (Jared Leto, that is) says Ayer created an environment where “the Squad really bonded.” That good vibe will somehow be reflected on screen, with Jai Courtney (Boomerang) even adding that it will be “funny as hell,” which is something not many people would expect. Jared Leto adds, “We knew that it was going to be intense and insane, so we had some fun.”
Suicide Squad ties into a bigger universe, already established with Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, introducing antiheroes Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Boomerang, Diablo, Killer Croc, and of course, the Joker. Joining the team are field leader Rick Flag, expert martial artist, swordswoman and Flag’s bodyguard Katana, and sorceress Enchantress. The team, assembled by intelligence officer Amanda Waller, will go on a dangerous top-secret mission in exchange for clemency. Things will take a turn when they realize they were picked not to succeed but for their patent culpability when they fail. It’s yet to be seen how the actions of this team will affect the rest of DC’s Extended Universe.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is without release date.
Source: LRM Online