Who says heroes deserve all the screen time? DC is ready to turn the tables, giving some of their biggest villains a chance to shine. Not quite as nefarious (or disciplined) as the Injustice League, Suicide Squad can masquerade as a necessary evil when being wielded by A.R.G.U.S. director, Amanda Waller. Buzz surrounding this film has been steady for well over a year now, and the recently confirmed PG-13 rating is sure to help boost its box office numbers come August.
There have been all kinds of interesting stories about what went on behind the scenes while Suicide Squad was filming. Jared Leto, who is playing a version of Joker that is so devious, he likened the portrayal to the ultimate prince of darkness, Satan, instigated a series of pranks. Meanwhile, although Viola Davis may have gotten off easy with her “Joker gift” of just bullets, she didn’t escape production totally unscathed.
While speaking with E! at the Maui Film Festival, the veteran actress commented on the film’s grueling schedule:
“It got so crazy that there were times during filming that I had heart palpitations. Not only heart palpitations, but at one point, I said ‘Did I suffer from hearing loss? Why is my left ear still pounding?'”
Davis even made mention of having split open her right pinky during filming as well. As a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she teased, “there was a big flap of skin that came off. But I can’t tell you what I was doing to get this wound, or else I would have to kill you.”
Even co-star Will Smith took his own stunts seriously, and was pictured with cuts and bruises on his face after a day of filming. Several other cast members have made mention of the physicality that director David Ayer asks of his actors. It’s no secret that Ayer prefers actors who are willing to get dirty, once tweeting, “I believe in old school filmmaking. Real stunts. Real people. Real places. It makes all the difference on screen…” Getting your actors to actually fight each other in rehearsals is one way to push them deeper into character.
It looks like Suicide Squad has put a lot of emphasis on performance, and every actor involved was fully committed to showing us just how bad these bad guys can get. Based on the new TV spots and posters that have been released so far, fans are in for a real live-action treat as opposed to a CGI immersion experience.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two 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.