– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This August will see audiences returning to the DC Extended Universe for the first time since this year’s BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. This time, instead of following the usual heroes, we will be following a team of meta-human baddies. 

Most already know about the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot, but there are a few other characters many don’t know a whole lot about. On that list is El Diablo, a.k.a Chato Santana, who wields fire á la the Human Torch. 

Though as cool as he is, DC is facing an uphill battle with audiences who don’t know who he is, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing?

“As a lesser known member of the squad,” actor Jay Hernandez told Coming Soon in an interview. “there wasn’t as much anticipation and there wasn’t people saying, ‘You’re veering off doctrine. There’s a certain level of freedom that I thought was great.” 

“There’s an audience of fans who are wildly excited about it,” he said. “They’re committed to the process and the making of the film as much as we are. DC fans want this to be a success. That’s powerful, man.”

Hernandez then went on to talk about what it was like discovering who his character was while working on the film, which is something he credits director David Ayer with:

“Everyone kind of discovered who we each were throughout this process. As things would come out about certain individuals — stuff that [director David Ayer] did not know — would just be so perfectly connected to the character they were playing. How did he know that before he ever heard this story? He’s f–g intuitive. Somehow he sees qualities in people that come from something and he knows how to use that to get at the character he’s trying to put out there.”

So what does the future hold for this character? There’s no way of knowing at this point. Despite the hazy future, however, Hernandez seems to be optimistic about the project, and really seems to enjoy how SUICIDE SQUAD will add to the narrative of the DCEU.

“SUICIDE SQUAD is the next step. Everything starts somewhere and is going to end somewhere. I think this is that next step in the evolution of superhero movies… [There are] characters from the other movies that have come in onto our project. It’s interesting because, as a filmmaker and as a writer, you have to make it make sense. You have to find some way to infuse characters that aren’t really part of the narrative, but still have it make sense and have it not just be this weird piece where you’re setting up the other movie. It’s fluid and it has to feel right.”

What do you hope to see from El Diablo? Let us know in the comments down below!

SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

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SOURCE: Coming Soon

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.