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 Ã¡ 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?
â€œAs a lesser known member of the squad,” actor Jay Hernandez told Coming Soon in an interview. “there wasnâ€™t as much anticipation and there wasnâ€™t people saying, ‘Youâ€™re veering off doctrine. Thereâ€™s a certain level of freedom that I thought was great.â€
â€œThereâ€™s an audience of fans who are wildly excited about it,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™re committed to the process and the making of the film as much as we are. DC fans want this to be a success. Thatâ€™s powerful, man.â€
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:
â€œEveryone kind of discovered who we each were throughout this process. As things would come out about certain individuals â€” stuff that [director David Ayer] did not know â€” would just be so perfectly connected to the character they were playing. How did he know that before he ever heard this story? Heâ€™s fâ€“g intuitive. Somehow he sees qualities in people that come from something and he knows how to use that to get at the character heâ€™s trying to put out there.â€
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.
â€œSUICIDE 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 moviesâ€¦ [There are] characters from the other movies that have come in onto our project. Itâ€™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 arenâ€™t really part of the narrative, but still have it make sense and have it not just be this weird piece where youâ€™re setting up the other movie. Itâ€™s fluid and it has to feel right.â€
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SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5, 2016.
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SOURCE: Coming Soon