– by Joseph Jammer Medina

WB/DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad is a film that has a lot of people excited. It’ll figure in as step three in DC’s cinematic plans- following Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The studio is paving its own road with these movies, not following the path created by Marvel Studios. Within three films they’re going from a standalone superhero film, to a VS/Team-Up, to an ensemble piece based majorly around villains that are somewhat obscure to mainstream audiences. They’re operating without a safety net, and their choices are nothing if not bold so far.

According to Viola Davis, director David Ayer is just the man to help guide the DC Cinematic Universe through this uncharted territory. While she admits that the production timeline for Suicide Squad has been a little unorthodox- as it heads into its sixth month of filming- she says that what Ayer has cooked up with the material is nothing short of magical. 

David Ayer

David Ayer

Here’s what Davis had to say about the film, and Ayer’s abilities:

“I have one more day, which I’m flying out for this weekend. I’ve been working on the film since April 1st. It sounds like a lot, but I haven’t been working every day. I haven’t done a lot of comic book movies, actually I’ve done none! DC Comics have a tendency to have darker characters. You know, Batman is a darker character, Harley Quinn, the Joker, and what David Ayer has managed to do is humanize them. I think that you see it in the trailer too–just something different about it that makes you lean in. What he’s explored is the pathology behind all of these characters, so you just get that extra spin that gives you the flavor and a look which is very different. And at the same time you get all the stuff that you’ve gotten before, which is the action, the special effects, the great makeup. I’m blown away by the movie. Once I saw the trailer, I was like, ‘Oh, my God. He really is a magician.’ I mean, I had no idea. So, it’s been a real pleasure working on it with David Ayer.”

Can’t say I’m surprised. When the man is on, he is on. I was blown away by End of Watch, and his script for Training Day was incredibly gripping. It’s somewhat interesting to hear just how surprised she was that he was able to make the material come across as well as it did, but I chalk that up to the fact that she- admittedly- is new to this world of superhero blockbuster filmmaking.

Sounds promising, no? Do you think Suicide Squad will be DC’s Guardians of The Galaxy or something altogether different and exciting? Discuss.

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.