With marketing for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice kicking into full gear, director David Ayer is making sure we don’t forget about his upcoming film also taking place in DC’s Extended Movie Universe, Suicide Squad – the first ever supervillan team up movie. If you want to check out the latest trailer, click HERE. After the long wait, DC is putting together an entire universe featuring some of their most popular characters. Outside from a few characters, the Suicide Suqad isn’t a household name like Batman or Superman, but David Ayer is hoping to change that come August 5th. Back in November, DCEU producer Charles Roven spoke about how the film universe will be “one giant story”.
“What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes.” “I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.”
When asked how Suicide Squad will connect to the quickly expanding DC Extended Universe, Ayer had this to say:
“For me, it’s a little more than just dropping a cut scene in the end credits to link projects. You really have to be thinking three movies downrange and how today’s movie will impact more later-cycle projects.”
Ben Affleck also had a chance to weigh in on the Extended Universe:
“It felt like I have such a cool cousin. This thing that is so awesome is somehow related to me, and that was really exciting because it started to feel like a constellation of things, and I’ve never had that feeling.” So get ready for something really massive, smart and interconnected. “I’ve been really impressed just as a working stiff to see how they’re doing it.”
What helps the supervillan film connect to the rest of the universe is Ben Affleck’s Batman, who is set to make a cameo at some point during the movie. Suicide Squad will consist of villains Batman has dealt with in the past like Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and the Caped Crusader’s arch nemesis Joker, played by Oscar winning actor Jared Leto, so it makes sense for him to appear in some capacity.
“We made him fight,” Ayer says. “He’s awesome (as Batman). … You really sense that but for the grace of God he himself would be doing some really foul stuff out in the world.”
It sounds like fans are really in for a treat this summer with Suicide Squad. DC and Warners are making history. As I stated earlier, this will be the first comic book film ever where the protagonists are all villains.
“We all need good guys and everything — yay, good guys — but at the end of the day, they’re kinda boring,” the Fury director says..” “They’re always going to do the right thing. When you’re dealing with the baddies, it’s easy to get ahead of the audience and invert expectations.”
Suicide Squad opens August 5th, 2016.