As part of a new and extensive feature on the film, “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer has opened up to Total Film Magazine (via Games Radar about the challenge of adapting the DC comics creation into a feature. Part of the way to do it is to stay as true to the source material as possible:
“With a good guy you automatically like them because they do the right thing, but with bad guys it’s more of a creative challenge – How do you get an audience to like a villain? You have to be true to the source material, but at the same time, I want to give the characters a real psychology and make them feel of our world. For me the fun is creating the illusion that you can walk down the street and run into Harley Quinn, or see the Joker driving along.”
The one thing that’s known least about the film is the antagonists themselves – the Lovecraftian looking multi-eyed creations that the squad members are fighting with. Producer Charles Roven calls them ‘Eyes of The Adversary’ and says:
“Let’s just say, when they’re called in to do this mission by Amanda, these are one of the things they encounter. They don’t know how they got here, but they’re weird and dangerous and yet they’re wearing military uniforms.”
Ayer won’t comment on them other than saying “Nobody’s safe”. He is happy to talk about Jared Leto’s Joker though:
“You’re looking at one of the best-known villains in western literature. He has to be very respectful and elegantly crafted, because you’re following in the footsteps of giants. He’s very loyal to the canon, but with some modern twists… With Jared, it’s interesting because how do you come at that character? It’s like treading on hallowed ground. It requires a strange combination of both respect and fearlessness. I don’t want to reveal too much about the magic trick.”
“Suicide Squad” is scheduled for release on August 5th 2016.