Hernandez Open To Diablo Return For More “Squad”

While David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” continues to kick ass at the box-office in spite of bad reviews, there’s still a bit of talk out there about a potential follow-up be it a direct sequel or characters showing up in other DC Films.

In a new interview with ComicBook.com, actor Jay Hernandez spoke about such a possibility. Could his character of El Diablo show up again?


Arguably the most noble and tragic of the villains that make up the squad, El Diablo died a hero in the film. That death came as a surprise to Hernandez who was unaware his character was set to die until at least the reshoots if not later:

“It was interesting, because there were some changes that happened later on. I didn’t know that’s how the end was going to happen, early on. For me, it was important to make it good, make it impressive, and go out in a blaze of glory. Ultimately, I think it worked to give it some meaning, some emotional weight to the end of the story.”

Hernandez has also hinted that we may not have seen the last of him: “Of course there is [a chance he could return]! I’m not saying anything, just that it’s a possibility.” Hernandez’s favourite scenes involved the revelation of him having accidentally killed his family with his abilities:

“It was the scene I was most focused on. I wanted to make sure, because a lot of the story hinges on that moment. It’s the moment the Squad is sort of galvanized. Before that, it’s a bunch of just random people and everybody has their own goal and direction, they hate each other, some are plotting to kill each other.

After that, they sit down and they realize this is it, this is their shot or not, and they decide to do the honorable thing. I think part of why that happens is the opening up of Diablo, who has been closed off for the whole movie up to that point. It was a pivotal moment, and a really important scene for me.”

In related news, fellow star Joel Kinnaman has spoken with Yahoo this week and offered a fairly straight up reaction to the film’s negative reviews:

“Of course, you want to get great reviews. But the existence of an actor is basically, 95% of the time, we’re being told that, no, that wasn’t quite right. You have to develop pretty thick skin, and make yourself not completely dependent on what other people think.

In a film like Suicide Squad, the main ambition is to entertain. It doesn’t have any political aspirations. It doesn’t really dig deep, other than to portray these characters honestly. So with that kind of ambition, it becomes even more important what the fans think.

I was disappointed, and I thought it was unjust the way that we were reviewed in some of the magazines. But at the same time, I was really happy, and actually a bit blown away, by the fans’ response. I don’t remember ever seeing a bigger split between what the critics and the audience thought of a film. It was a pretty big difference.”

“Suicide Squad” is currently out in cinemas.