Though the presentation and trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was impressive, when the Warner Bros. Pictures panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con got out it was the footage from David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” film that was all the talk.
That sizzle reel ultimately went online and caused a sensation, but with the film a full year off we knew it would be a while before we saw anything else from the film. Cut to today, the film’s producer Charles Roven has spoken with Collider about the film and answered some key questions about the movie’s tone and various other elements.
First up, don’t expect the next trailer until early next year, likely not until well into the first quarter of the year. We are expected to get another “Batman v Superman” trailer though before the year is out.
Roven is a part of the DC Extended Universe creative team and says the project was greenlit during a meeting between Ayer and the studio where the filmmaker was pitching his concept for the film:
“Having a guy like that who’s been able to-all of his films have had a certain level of groundedness to them, really feeling very richly real. And so having that sensibility, which is along the lines of what we were talking about earlier how we like to have things grounded in science or whatever, I was very anxious to hear what his take was gonna be on Suicide Squad and I was very happily surprised, but it was right exactly in the pocket that we were looking for. Honestly that movie was essentially greenlit in the pitch meeting… He was able to convince all of the actors that we went out to that he was gonna be able to make these characters so compelling that they would wanna be played more than once by these actors.”
One obvious question is that of tone – with the dark material, could this be the first R-rated DC comic book movie? Sadly not as it seems the studio is aiming for a consistent PG-13 rating for all the DC Extended Universe films:
“The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13… We really want to make these films tonally consistent so that, as I said because this is a shared universe, at least our current thinking-and again, we’re not dealing in absolutes because while this is business it’s also a creative endeavor, so you want to leave yourself open to changing your mind, doing something different, being inspired, that’s the whole process of filmmaking is you have to allow for inspiration as well as having a road map for what you’re gonna do. So our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13.”
Roven says what will surprise people about the film is that the characters are not only very individual but will each have satisfying character arcs:
“There’s a lot of characters in Suicide Squad, and I think you’ll be engaged with them. They all have fabulously different arcs, they’re all very individualistic, and I think that also they’re very, very human in their own dysfunctional ways. And I think that the personal individuals stories and how they relate to each other will be surprising.”
“Suicide Squad” opens in cinemas August 6th next year.