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David Ayer on DC's Suicide Squad: "It's a Dirty Dozen with supervillains"

10.21.2014

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While we knew a SUICIDE SQUAD movie was in the works, I think most of us were surprised when it was announced the David Ayer (FURY) film will be released before many of the upcoming DC comic book movies featuring well-known comic book characters like Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern. Casting rumors surfaced almost immediately after DC revealed their slate of planned films, but there's been no word on which characters will be used in SUICIDE SQUAD.

David Ayer doesn't say which characters will appear in SUICIDE SQUAD in his interview with Empire, however he does compare the DC film to the classic 1967 war movie THE DIRTY DOZEN.

I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains. Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?'

Empire also wanted to know how Ayer is planning on casting for the film, since the team has a bunch of very unpleasant characters, like the racist Captain Boomerang.

Like one would cast any other role. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m going to do what I do in my typical fever dream of directing.

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Because Empire specifically asked David Ayer about Captain Boomerang, some think the director is confirming the character will be in SUICIDE SQUAD with his comments, however I think that's a bit of a stretch. There's of course a chance Captain Boomerang will be a SUICIDE SQUAD member in Ayer's film, but I think he's just saying he is going to cast for the movie the same way he did for his previous ones.

With a team of antiheroes and an August release date, it's clear DC and Warner Bros. are hopeful SUICIDE SQUAD will be their answer to Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. It'll be interesting to see which characters they decide to use for SUICIDE SQUAD, and who will be playing them in David Ayer's movie.

SUICIDE SQUAD will be in theaters on August 5, 2016.

Source: Empire

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4:31PM on 10/21/2014

Now. Do you see what happens, Sony?

You try and pull some half-assed Sinister Six nonsense and Warner Brothers counter with the Suicide Squad. Now this is how you do a film with villains...........
You try and pull some half-assed Sinister Six nonsense and Warner Brothers counter with the Suicide Squad. Now this is how you do a film with villains...........
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3:50PM on 10/21/2014
I have never heard of Suicide Squad.
I have never heard of Suicide Squad.
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7:17PM on 10/21/2014
Well, they had better put a halt on this project then.
Well, they had better put a halt on this project then.
3:15PM on 10/21/2014
One thing Guardians of The Galaxy proved about comic book movies. Doesn't matter if you know the characters, just matters they're characters an audience wants to know.
One thing Guardians of The Galaxy proved about comic book movies. Doesn't matter if you know the characters, just matters they're characters an audience wants to know.
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1:58PM on 10/21/2014
No Harley Quinn No dice.

And Joel Edgerton or Ben Mendelsohn for Capt. Boomerang please.
No Harley Quinn No dice.

And Joel Edgerton or Ben Mendelsohn for Capt. Boomerang please.
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12:12PM on 10/21/2014
Don't have confidence in Ayer to direct this. As a screenwriter he's OK, but his abilities as director are average. Neutral because maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.
Don't have confidence in Ayer to direct this. As a screenwriter he's OK, but his abilities as director are average. Neutral because maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.
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7:24PM on 10/21/2014
I felt the same way until I saw Fury in theaters and End of Watch on Blu-ray this week. If he can bring the "dirty" into this, it'll be pretty awesome. I'm just wondering if it'll be rated R. My second pick as director would have been Joe Carnahan.
I felt the same way until I saw Fury in theaters and End of Watch on Blu-ray this week. If he can bring the "dirty" into this, it'll be pretty awesome. I'm just wondering if it'll be rated R. My second pick as director would have been Joe Carnahan.
8:25PM on 10/21/2014
Joe Carnahan would have been a terrific choice. Was really looking forward to his Daredevil film with Patrick Wilson as the lead.
Joe Carnahan would have been a terrific choice. Was really looking forward to his Daredevil film with Patrick Wilson as the lead.
8:43AM on 10/22/2014
same, fury wasnt great. its looking like most overrated film of the year for me along with winter solider.
same, fury wasnt great. its looking like most overrated film of the year for me along with winter solider.
8:31AM on 10/21/2014
If done right, Warner Bros. and DC will have a big hit on their hands. Just their summary of The Dirty Dozen with supervillains makes me want to buy a ticket now.
If done right, Warner Bros. and DC will have a big hit on their hands. Just their summary of The Dirty Dozen with supervillains makes me want to buy a ticket now.
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8:22AM on 10/21/2014
"Then I asked the question" = "Then I saw Guardians of the Galaxy."
I mean there are few better business models to emulate comic movie wise AND this movie sounds brilliant but I wish they'd stop with these insincere filmmaking spiels. They're cashgrabs plain and simple.
"Then I asked the question" = "Then I saw Guardians of the Galaxy."
I mean there are few better business models to emulate comic movie wise AND this movie sounds brilliant but I wish they'd stop with these insincere filmmaking spiels. They're cashgrabs plain and simple.
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8:17AM on 10/21/2014
Heath Corson, screenwriter of the animated Suicide Squad movie Assault on Arkham, described his approach as "sort of like Ocean's Eleven if, at every step of the way, Brad Pitt is trying to kill George Clooney." I love the idea of a Suicide Squad film but I'm a little apprehensive as to how this is coming relatively early in the game for the DC cinematic universe. The idea is for the heroes to be established; the suicide squad exists because all these villains have been caught and defeated
Heath Corson, screenwriter of the animated Suicide Squad movie Assault on Arkham, described his approach as "sort of like Ocean's Eleven if, at every step of the way, Brad Pitt is trying to kill George Clooney." I love the idea of a Suicide Squad film but I'm a little apprehensive as to how this is coming relatively early in the game for the DC cinematic universe. The idea is for the heroes to be established; the suicide squad exists because all these villains have been caught and defeated first. We'll see how it goes. I hope they anchor the cast with a big name actor for Deathstroke. Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman are the cliche choices but I have to admit in their own way they make sense. David Wenham for Captain Boomerang!
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7:25PM on 10/21/2014
Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will all be established in Batman v Superman, though. I feel like a lot of the primary villains are primary antagonists of those three, or have at least faced off against them at least once in the comics. Even still, the DCU could be changed so that it's one of those three heroes who brought them in.

What could potentially be even more interesting, though, is if they were brought to prison by conventional means and put on the team, then go on to face other
Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will all be established in Batman v Superman, though. I feel like a lot of the primary villains are primary antagonists of those three, or have at least faced off against them at least once in the comics. Even still, the DCU could be changed so that it's one of those three heroes who brought them in.

What could potentially be even more interesting, though, is if they were brought to prison by conventional means and put on the team, then go on to face other superheroes down the road. I.e., if captain boomerang IS in this movie, then goes on to be a primary antagonist in The Flash film. I think it could work.
11:24AM on 10/22/2014
That does sound like an approach that could be taken, that for some of the villains, it is via the Suicide Squad that they become the nemeses of the superheroes. The nature of the Suicide Squad is that it's largely comprised of second-stringers though. Deathstroke is an opponent primarily of the Teen Titans, King Shark was originally a Superboy villain, Captain Boomerang, Multiplex and Killer Frost are Flash rogues...it all depends on the lineup and I hope it's a good one.
That does sound like an approach that could be taken, that for some of the villains, it is via the Suicide Squad that they become the nemeses of the superheroes. The nature of the Suicide Squad is that it's largely comprised of second-stringers though. Deathstroke is an opponent primarily of the Teen Titans, King Shark was originally a Superboy villain, Captain Boomerang, Multiplex and Killer Frost are Flash rogues...it all depends on the lineup and I hope it's a good one.
8:14AM on 10/21/2014
After seeing how great of a job he did with End of Watch, Street Kings, and especially Fury, I have all the confidence in the world that he can pull this off successfully. I just hope DC does some outside the box casting for each character they decide to use within the Suicide Squad.
After seeing how great of a job he did with End of Watch, Street Kings, and especially Fury, I have all the confidence in the world that he can pull this off successfully. I just hope DC does some outside the box casting for each character they decide to use within the Suicide Squad.
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