Director David Ayer reveals new early looks at Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Jared Leto's Joker and Will Smith's Deadshot for Suicide Squad. The first DC film focusing on the comic brand's iconic villains, the movie released in 2016, and followed Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Despite mixed reviews from critics, it racked up $746.8 million worldwide against a budget of just $175 million, while also nabbing an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
It's no secret that Suicide Squad had its fair share of production problems. Ayer was rushed to finish the script, and reshoots were executed to adapt to the major criticism of Batman V Superman, which was that it was too dark and somber. The additional work done reportedly cost Warner Bros. $22 million, a significant increase from the usual $6-10 million reshoot budget. The film's editing process was a can of worms in itself, as the movie apparently had multiple editors despite John Gilroy being named in the main credit sequence. Now, Ayer is sharing some of the early work they did on the movie before all the chaos ensued.
Taking to his official Twitter account, Ayer shared three new images from his days working on Suicide Squad. The first two are early looks for Harley Quinn and Joker, while the third one is the original mold for Deadshot's headpiece. All three photos went over well with fans, with most of them asking for more reveals, while others revived the #ReleaseTheAyerCut hashtag. Check them out below:
More Squad stuff - this was the first 3D print of Deadshot’s helmet - it takes time to create these kind of assets - so they fit on the actor, and the actor can see and perform. pic.twitter.com/6skvm3UL5l— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 6, 2019
Ayer was briefly believed to be involved in the DCEU with Gotham City Sirens. Announced in 2016, the film would bring together Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy. This project was seemingly workshopped into eventually becoming Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), but without Ayer involved. Instead, it's directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson. Meanwhile, a second film, The Suicide Squad, is also in development, with Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn set to direct a mostly different group of villains.
Robbie's look during the camera test pretty much made it onto the big screen, but only with her now signature pigtails. Leto's Joker, on the other hand, sports the smile tattoo and bleached eyebrows. One missing detail, however, is his "Damaged" forehead tattoo, which Ayer himself admitted to be "one step too far." As for Deadshot's helmet, it's difficult to gauge considering that it doesn't have any details, but the form seems similar to what Smith wore in the movie.
While Robbie was the general consensus highlight of 2016's Suicide Squad, and everyone is stoked to see her reprise the role, many are still yearning to see more of Smith and Leto as Deadshot and Joker respectively. Technically, they can still return to the DCEU, as initial rumors that Idris Elba is playing Deadshot in Gunn's upcoming film were debunked, and Joaquin Phoenix's take on the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips' Joker isn't connected to the main DCEU.
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021
- The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
- DC Super Pets (2022) release date: May 20, 2022
- Aquaman 2 (2022) release date: Dec 16, 2022