David Ayer’s Suicide Squad used to be a little bit of an underdog among all these crazy highly anticipated movies this year, like Batman V Superman and Captain America: Civil War. However, when the first trailer was released in August last year, that quickly changed – the film was presented as dark and packed with many colorful characters.
Recently, after three very different trailers that all seemed to be setting a different kind of mood, the cast has met again for reshoots, and rumor had it that the intent of those reshoots was to make the movie more “fun”, more enjoyable for audiences; possibly because of Warner Bros.’ disappointment in Batman V Superman‘s box office performance. David Ayer, however, says the reason for the reshoots is the studio’s confidence in the film:
“That’s kind of it. If they don’t like your movie they tend to not want to invest in it. If they love your movie, they give you what you want. And I don’t think there’s any director that finishes a movie and says, ‘Wow that’s perfect, that’s what I really want it to be.’ Every movie I’ve ever made I wish I could go and grab some additional stuff and that’s exactly the chance I got this time. It’s like getting a new car but you get fancy rims and a new stereo.”
When asked if there would be little bits and pieces added here and there, or if there would be important, story-changing new scenes filmed, Ayer didn’t really give a clue, simply saying “all of the above”. He also spoke about the soundtrack, which was composed by Oscar-winner Steven Price (Gravity):
“It’s gonna be an interesting soundtrack, let’s just say that. We have some really cool original things coming in but also some familiar things too, and a great score.”
Ayer knows that, with the DCEU now being established, there’s, in addition to the comic book fans, a whole other audience; people who like a good super hero movie, but are unfamiliar with the character’s backgrounds and stories, and he said that his Suicide Squad will please both of those groups:
“Well the film has to work on two levels, it’s gotta work for the people that know and love the comics and it’s gotta work for the people that know nothing about the comics, and I think it’s gonna work for both. I dug deep in this and really researched the canon, pulled storylines from a lot of different sources, characters from a lot of different sources, and it all works together really well. But I think for someone that doesn’t know any of it, it works great too. It’s dense, let’s just say it’s really dense. There’s a lot of imagery, there’s a lot of nods, and there’s a lot of Easter Eggs.”
Lastly, ever since the first trailer featured Ben Affleck’s Batman, fans have been wondering what his role in this anti-hero film could be – most assume that there has to be some sort of connection between him, Harley Quinn, the Joker and the dead Robin’s costume in the batcave in Batman V Superman. BvS also gave another nod to the Joker when Bruce Wayne tells Clark Kent that Gotham has “a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns”; it’s very obvious that the two have met before. David Ayer also touched on working with Affleck:
“I mean look, as a kid I was a fan of DC Comics. I read them, I love Batman. Batman was always my favorite superhero, and then to have him walk on my set one day was an incredible experience. Even my cynical, hard-bitten movie crew got quiet when that happened. And Ben’s a great dude, he’s a good guy to work with.”
Personally, I cannot wait for this movie. Ever since the first trailer was released, I have been more excited for Suicide Squad than for any other movie this year, including Civil War and Batman V Superman. What about you guys? Let us know in the comments and on social media!