Suicide Squad: Karen Fukuhara Talks Katana & The Soul Taker

Suicide Squad (2016) - Karen Fukuhara as Katana

When we’re talking about movies, nothing says “summer” quite like earth-shattering explosions, epic spaceship battles, underwater animated adventures and/or, in the case of Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad, the worst heroes ever bursting on to the big screen to wreak absolute chaos. In the highly anticipated movie, written and directed by David Ayer, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) recruits a motley crew of imprisoned super-villains to embark on a highly dangerous black ops mission in exchange for clemency.

The third installment in the DC Extended Universe stars an ensemble cast featuring Jared Leto as The Joker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, and Karen Fukuhara as Katana, an expert martial artist and swordswoman. Apart from being pictured in the Task Force X team photo and a few brief shots of Katana in the Comic-Con trailer; details of Fukuhara’s character (in particular) have been kept under wraps. Fortunately though, the actress recently appeared at CinemaCon 2016 and discussed her enigmatic character.

In the DC Comics Universe, Katana is a superhero that has been affiliated with various teams, including The Outsiders, Birds of Prey and the Justice League. Being introduced to the big screen for the first time in Suicide Squad, Fukuhara revealed her character’s motivations and alliances this time around (via Comic Book):

“She's very loyal to Amanda Waller and Rick Flag. She works under them and keeps a rowdy bunch in line. She's a protector and a fierce warrior.”

That’s not to say that her character will be missing out on the action though, as Fukuhara appeared very excited about the prospect of audiences meeting the Soul Taker, while talking about the powers that her character possesses:

"She has her husband's soul in her sword and I got to talk to Maseo throughout the film and yes, of course that's in the film, but you'll have to wait and see how much of that plays into the movie."

The actress, who is a martial arts champion, also revealed that she committed to performing all of her own stunts, except for one dive role:

"I was really lucky because I blessed with a really great stunt double and stunt coordinator and they taught me all of the choreography during pre-production. I was able to do all of my own stunts except for one dive role, but all of my stunts. So, yeah, I got to run on top of a car, I did all of my sword work... It really made a difference when I knew everything from muscle memory and I didn't have to think about it when the cameras were rolling."

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Up until now, Fukuhara’s role in the Suicide Squad has been almost as mysterious as the character that she portrays, but it sounds as though she might effectively be operating among the deadliest of individuals within the DC Extended Universe. To support that philosophy, Katana wields a long, single-edged sword of the same name and has been extensively trained in how to use it to her advantage, since it stores the souls of those that she slays inside of it.

During the interview, the actress confirmed that one of the spirits that now resides in the blade is that of her late husband, whom she is still mourning over. However, some believed that one shot in the trailer showed Katana (also known as Tatsu Yamashiro) plunging the supernatural weapon into her own stomach, which implies that the Squad’s mission might live up to the group’s name - and that no one is safe on their treacherous expedition.

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One 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 June 19, 2020.

Source: Comic Book

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