Slipknot’s Backstory Was Cut From “Squad”

With David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” now past its second weekend of release, it’s time to talk about one of the early surprises of this comic book villains-centric feature.

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “SUICIDE SQUAD”

In the lead up to the film’s release, there’s little question that Adam Beach’s Slipknot character was one of the least focused on members of the squad – and with good reason. His death very early on has people understandably wondering if there was a lot more backstory that we didn’t get to see in the final cut.

Appearing on the Empire podcast this week, Ayer confirmed that a backstory for him had actually been shot along with additional scenes with the character. However, much like Jared Leto’s Joker, much of it got the chop in the interest of time:

“Yeah we shot [a backstory], but after a point it became overloaded, ya know, so you have to cull and pick and choose your battles, and Slipknot gets his head blown off pretty quick, so ya know, I made a commitment early on not to try and create some kind of misdirect because when you have that many characters every frame of real estate is priceless, and I didn’t want to invest in that real estate to create some misdirect because after opening night everyone knows he dies anyway.”

In a few previous interviews, Beach suggested his character was caught trying to strangle Wonder Woman before he was captured. Ayer clarifies that such a shot didn’t actually happen:

“Ya know, that might be more about his sort of personal journey to getting into the character more than anything, but I guess it does make sense if it’s a rope guy. I could see where he could make those connections.”

“Suicide Squad” has taken in $465 million worldwide after two weekends at the box-office.