Suicide Squad director David Ayer and Executive Producer Charles Roven spoke with Empire about how the film fits in the DC Universe and the difference in this film compared to other comic book films.
“You know, all these movies are about defeating the evil alien robot from f*cking Planet X, before it destroys the world with its ticking clock. And who the f*ck cares? But you do this story about struggle and isolation and people who have been shit on that suddenly get thrown this lifeline… that’s not so bad… I like to think of this as the Comic Book Movie 2.0,” said Ayer.
Did Ayer just call out the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
“We’d just started shooting Batman v Superman, we were figuring out our path through the expanding DC Justice League universe. Then David Ayer came and pitched his take on Suicide Squad. It had this darkness and edge, while still tonally in the zone of what we’re trying to do with these movies. And it’s impossible that you could get a big tentpole picture from pitch to start of principal photography any faster than we did,” said Roven.
Suicide Squad is written and directed by Ayer, and stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Ben Affleck as Batman.
The film is slated for release on August 5, 2016.