Robbie, Ayer On “Suicide Squad” Sequel & Spin-Off

Despite the success of “Suicide Squad” this past weekend, at least in financial terms, there hasn’t yet been further talk of a sequel or proposed spinoff film beyond comments made by some of the cast a few weeks ago during the world premieres.

Even so, the film’s leading lady Margot Robbie is still keen on a spinoff film that would focus exclusively on Harley Quinn and the Joker. Speaking to Tipsy Talk on Sunday, she says she’s keen to investigate that relationship more:

“I’m trying to make that happen. Not for anything specifically, but just something — there’s so much more to do… there was so much of our backstory…they probably realized that the emotional through-line of the story had to be the mission we were on, and kind of explaining The Enchantress’ position and all that kind of stuff, and the backstory stuff — though it’s like magic…there’s a lot but it just didn’t make sense to confuse the present storyline with that.”

The film’s director David Ayer meanwhile already has ideas for the sequel. Asked about the film’s final moments with The Joker busting Harley out of jail, Ayer told Collider:

“We shot that during the first week of photography. I don’t want to give stuff away but … anything is possible, and that’s the thing. For as much control and command Amanda Waller has over these guys, at the end of the day, they’re supervillains and they’re going to do supervillain stuff. Plus, the Joker/Harley relationship just seemed like the right button for the movie. It opens so many doors, if another one of these were ever to turn up under a rock somewhere.”

Then there’s John Ostrander, the writer who created the modern day incarnation of the squad in the late 1980s. He’s not a fan of the critical backlash to the film and vented his opinion to ComicMix as to why he thinks the film wasn’t well received:

“I know some of the critics, both in print and online, do not like the movie. That’s okay; everyone has a right to their own opinion even when it’s wrong. My problem is that, at least with some of the media reviews, is that the critic is also tired of superhero and ‘tentpole’ films and, overtly or covertly, would like to see their end. Look, I get it – they have to see all the films out there and they must be tired of all the blockbusters. If every superhero film is not The Dark Knight, they’ll bitch. I think that’s going on here to a certain degree. Just as I came prepared to love the movie, they came prepared to hate it.”

Despite the backlash, the film is slated to stay on top this weekend with current estimates pegging it at a $55-60 million second weekend haul. That’s down a steep 60% but not as severe a drop as the 69% one that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” took.

Source: Heat Vision