A set visit embargo was lifted this morning for the upcoming David Ayer “Suicide Squad” feature with numerous reports going online about this highly anticipated film adaptation of the DC Comics title.
A couple of key quotes from those involved have also revealed how Ben Affleck’s Batman fits into the overall storyline, and some vague details of the ‘Adversary’ – a villain that has yet to be shown in the promotional material. First up, producer Charles Roven talked about Batman’s appearance in the film and why he was essential to it:
“He has purpose for what he’s doing, and you couldn’t tell the story of the Suicide Squad – as you mentioned so many of the characters that are in that squad had some interaction with him in order to get into Belle Reve, so you have to deal with that at the very least.
The film’s director David Ayer says that ‘Squad’ boasts an incredibly complex story with flashbacks and different convergent storylines, plus it also offers a unique take on the Dark Knight from a point of view we don’t normally see:
All the Batman movies have been from Batman’s point of view. He’s the good guy. He’s the hero of his own movie in all the movies we’ve seen. If you look at what Bruce Wayne has done in creating the Batman persona, his idea was to terrorize criminals. It’s sort of psychological warfare against criminals. This wraith that comes in the night and attacks and pulls criminals from society. For the first time, we’re seeing Batman from the point of view of the criminals and he’s freaking scary.”
Then there’s the villain itself, dubbed ‘The Adversary’. Even those on set weren’t privy to whom or what it is, but producer Richard Suckle did talk about the multiple black-eyed Lovecraftian-style footsoldiers seen in the trailers:
“They’re known as the Eyes of the Adversary…. As you can tell, it’s not a guy… that’s probably a good way to describe it. And they play a very important role in this movie and is something that G-Squad has to contend with. I don’t think it’s anything you ever, for sure, have seen. That image, that idea, is something that David… I remember when he came into the office at Warner’s because we were discussing, ‘What are these things going to look like that the Squad has to come up against?’ He was like, ‘I had a dream last night. Let me draw it for you.’ We were literally on a white board and he drew this head with these circular… You want to call them eyes, whatever they may be, and he drew it. It’s almost verbatim, honestly… That is exactly what he came up with.
The supernatural plays a big part of it from the sounds of it, and introduces that element to the DCEU:
There’s magic in this movie. There’s things that are happening that are unexplainable. Some of them may be attributed to magic. Some of them may be attributed to other things. Maybe they’re scientific, but, yes, it’s not just someone coming into the city and laying waste. This obviously is clearly…Something has happened and the Squad is sent into Midway City to try and fix a problem, but that problem is something that you learn more and more about as the movie unfolds.
There’s also no Thanos-style puppet master here, you will know who the Adversary is in this film and not in a potential sequel down the line:
You will find out who the Adversary is. That is for sure. You will find out not only who the Adversary is but why they exist, who is part and parcel, and who is behind them. You definitely find that out in this movie, for sure.”
Ayer admits the backbone of the story is based on one specific comic story but wouldn’t say which one, though is happy to say that the DC Universe is so infinite and complex that “Suicide Squad could be a zillion films” in terms of sequels and spin-offs by the time it’s done. He also says he thinks people: “will be really surprised by how much humor is in the movie.”
You’ll be able to see for yourself when “Suicide Squad” opens August 5th. Check out a new TV spot from the film below to celebrate advance tickets going on sale from this Friday.