Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and David Ayer's Suicide Squad are, in many ways, the antithesis to one another; the former shall introduce many a superhero in the DC Extended Universe, while the latter will bring several DC supervillains to the big screen. The eponymous team of Ayer's film, which is a squad assembled of convicts and criminals who carry out dangerous missions in exchange for reduced sentences, is organized by a character who, in her own way, is equally dangerous as her "skwad": government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis).
Suicide Squad is the 2016 DC film that's soaked up all the attention over this past week (at the time of writing this), with the release of multiple magazine covers and details that shed more light on the film's main characters. Additional images from the comic book-based movie have now made their way online, along with additional bits of information about the psychology of the Squad's leader and its individual members alike.
Lower-res versions of the following Suicide Squad production stills and official set photos found their way online earlier this week, but now Empire has released high-res versions. Have a look at them, below:
Pictured above, we have Davis as Amanda Waller working on a Suicide Squad scene alongside Ayer, with pictures of several Squad members in the background - including, key second-tier members such as Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Slipknot (Adam Beach), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Davis, for her part, read up on the psychology of sociopaths to prepare to portray Miss Waller, describing the character to Empire as follows:
“She’s relentless in her villainy. When you look at her, there’s nothing that seems dangerous. Her only power is her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt.”
There's been some speculation that Waller, in many ways, will function as the true "antagonist" of the Suicide Squad movie narrative, given her willingness to endanger the members of her Squad without a second thought (something Waller alludes to in the opening of the Suicide Squad SDCC 2015 trailer). Similarly, rumors have indicated that Waller considers all super-powered metahumans to be a threat and that she even has a "trophy case" where she keeps the various items she's taken from them over the years - while her decision to create the Squad doesn't sit so well with certain future Justice League members, either.
In short: Suicide Squad's version of Amanda Waller (and the film itself) does indeed look to take more than a few cues from the DC animated feature film, Batman: Assault on Arkham, as has been apparent for a while now.
Pictured above is Waylon Jones a.k.a. Killer Croc from Suicide Squad, as played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Thor: The Dark World). The character is described by Akinnuoye-Agbaje as follows:
“He’s a cannibal with rage issues. Although he only eats the most talented people. He’s picky.”
Not a lot is known about the character and how he will be depicted in Suicide Squad, much less how significant a role Croc will play in the movie's narrative. However, it stands to reason that the character shall have most of the same qualities that different versions of Killer Croc have possessed in DC comic books and video games past (such as Batman: Arkham Asylum); that includes, super-human strength, enhanced healing abilities, and some nice claws to go with that scaly skin of his.
Picture here, we have another look at Killer Croc from Suicide Squad, alongside Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) as former Dr. Harley Quinn - a character described by the film's cast and crew as follows:
“Harley is easily distracted, but up for following orders if it means destroying things.”
Suicide Squad marks the live-action big screen debut for the fan-favorite Harley Quinn character, and so far the general outlook appears to be positive - with the character's co-creator, Paul Dini, likewise having said that he's optimistic about how Ayer and Robbie will bring Harley to life. Of course, the final reception for Suicide Squad's take on Harley will depend in no small part on how the movie handles her relationship with "Mr. J" - which brings us to our next picture...
Suicide Squad, in keeping with the traditional DC Comics backstory for Harley Quinn, will have Dr. Quinn first cross paths with The Joker (Jared Leto) when the latter is an inmate at Arkham Asylum (as illustrated by the above still) - before he prompts her transformation into the unhinged Harley Quinn, as teased in the film's SDCC trailer.
While Suicide Squad costar Will Smith has teased that there's a "pretty ragged romantic triangle" that forms between his own character, Floyd Lawton a.k.a. Deadshot, and Harley/Joker, Ayer has offered his assurances that the latter relationship will very much be shown as an unhealthy one in his film. Here is the quote that Ayer gave Empire, with regard to Harley's storyline in Suicide Squad:
"It’s about [Harley] breaking free of The Joker and becoming this fully actualised, independent person. That really is a metaphor for everyone’s journey here."
Last, but not least, we have another look at Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) as June Moone in Suicide Squad, following her transformation into Enchantress. The film's SDCC trailer offers glimpses of June both before and after the mysterious incident that leads to her "change", and Delevingne has described the mystical spirit that possesses June as follows:
“She’s an ancient sorceress. A feral being. She’s been trapped for so long and [now] she’s finally let out.”
Similar to how Amanda Waller is rumored to serve as an "antagonist" in the Suicide Squad movie narrative, Enchantress is rumored to function as the plot device (read: a major "threat" that the Squad is recruited to contain) the drives the action in the story. It's worth noting the in the New 52 DC Comics reboot, Enchantress (who had gone insane and separated from June Moone) faced off with the Justice League Dark, so who knows; given rumors that a JLD movie is actively moving forward, Suicide Squad might not be the only time that we see Delevingne portray Enchantress in the DC Extended Universe...
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flashon March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern on June 19, 2020.
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