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A secret government agency known as “Task Force X,” led by Amanda Waller, recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency and saving the world from an unknown but powerful threat.A secret government agency known as “Task Force X,” led by Amanda Waller, recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency and saving the world from an unknown but powerful threat.
Suicide Squad is an American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. It is intended to be the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne.
By February 2009, a Suicide Squad film was in development at Warner Bros. Pictures. Ayer signed on to write and direct in September 2014 and by October the casting process had begun. Principal photography began on April 13, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with additional filming in Chicago, Illinois, and ended in August that year. The film is scheduled to be released on August 5, 2016.
Cast and Characters
Will Smith as Deadshot
An expert marksman and assassin. Smith stated that Deadshot and Harley Quinn are “allies” in the film, but that they do not know what is happening with the other characters.
Jared Leto as Joker
A psychopathic supervillain. Leto described his role as “nearly Shakespearean” and a “beautiful disaster of a character”; about portraying the villain, he stated “I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing these psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful.” Leto never broke character throughout filming, with Smith going as far as stating he never met him.
In preparation for the role, Leto spent his time alone, listened to gospel music from the 1920s—commenting he senses “Joker may be much older than people think”—and read literature on shamanism. Influences for the character’s appearance include Mexican cartel bosses and the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Leto stated that he spoke with doctors and spent time with psychopaths in preparation for his role. The character’s tattoos were added by Ayer, who considered it gave a modernised gangster look to Joker.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
A crazed supervillain and former psychiatrist. Producer Richard Suckle described the character as “a fan fave. Funny, crazy, scary… You can’t come up with enough adjectives to describe all the different things you see her do.” Robbie described Quinn as one of the Squad’s most manipulative members, and her relationship with Joker as “incredibly dysfunctional”, adding that Quinn is “mad about him — like, literally, mad. She’s crazy. But she loves him. And it’s a really unhealthy, dysfunctional relationship. But an addictive one.”
Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag
A military officer who leads the Task Force X team. Tom Hardy was previously cast in the role but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
Viola Davis as Amanda Waller
The government official who gives out the Squad’s orders. Davis stated she is fascinated by the character, singling out her psychology and strength and describing her as a “powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will.” She described Waller as “relentless in her villainy” and noted that her powers are “her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt.” Davis read M. E. Thomas’ autobiography Confessions of a Sociopath to prepare for her role.
Jai Courtney as Boomerang
An assassin who utilizes deadly boomerangs. About his role, Courtney stated, “he is an absolute bogan, in the purest sense. [David Ayer]’s first instruction was, ‘find your inner shitbag’.”
Jay Hernandez as El Diablo
A former Los Angeles gang member who can summon flames. Hernandez sets his character apart from his teammates as he “just wants to stay out of the fight”, while “most of [the Squad members] are happy to get out there and kill people”.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc
A supervillain who suffers from a skin condition that causes him to develop reptilian features. Akinnuoye-Agbaje described the character as “a cannibal with rage issues”.
Cara Delevingne as Enchantress
A powerful sorceress. An ancient evil force, she is inadvertently unleashed by adventure-seeker June Moone after a long time of imprisonment. Enchantress is not a member of the Suicide Squad, but her powers draw Amanda Waller’s attention. Delevingne explains the entity is “an ancient sorceress. A feral being.”
Directed by: David Ayer
Starring: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Ariane Bellamar, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Amanda Brugel
Screenplay by: David Ayer
Production Design by: Oliver Scholl
Cinematography by: Roman Vasyanov
Film Editing by: John Gilroy
Costume Design by: Kate Hawley
Set Decoration by: Shane Vieau
Music by: Steven Price
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: August 5, 2016