Joel Kinnaman On ‘Suicide Squad’ And The Joker

Although they’re not exactly heroes the Suicide Squad is still a team, and like most other teams in the comic book world, they have a leader; in this year’s movie adaptation, Joel Kinnaman will be portraying the Task Force leader Rick Flag. Last week, got the chance to talk to Kinnaman, and he talked about the film’s general themes, as well as the production process.

“We had a ball on this movie,” Kinnaman started. “It really was just, from the get go, we all just got along and David Ayer, the director, he did this atmosphere and these challenges that we sort of had to overcome together. It was a lovefest the whole five months. It was tough but it was lovefest.”

“There’s just so much going on in this movie. It’s just so rich. This movie has like 8, 9, 10 characters that all have a lot of contrast and different sides and all get their moment and everybody playing them feels really committed to it. A lot seriousness, emotional depth, but then a lot fun and humor in this film. There’s a ton of stuff I look forward to seeing.”

While Kinnaman didn’t touch on his own character, he did talk about Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker – possibly the most highly anticipated performance of the year.

“The rest of the squad, we became a family,” he said. “Jared [Leto], he was on the outside doing his thing. He did something really impressive with this role. He had some big shoes to fill and he sure as hell filled them.”

When asked whether or not Suicide Squad would be setting up sequels or other future movies, Kinnaman simply replied: “we’ll see”.

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.