‘Suicide Squad’ Cast Member Has Strong Words for Superhero Films

By June 29, 2015

Superhero cinema contains some of the most popular films at the box office of the day, with massive hits like The Dark KnightThe Avengers, the Iron Man films, the Spider-Man films, and Guardians of the Galaxy making up a pretty large percentage of the total box office pie. That doesn’t mean that they’re perfect by any means, though, and an actress who has a part in one upcoming example of 2016’s superhero-centric fair has decided to point out what she feels is a systemic problem with the genre as a whole.

Speaking to Empire (via The Wrap), actress Cara Delvingne — who will be playing the Enchantress in David Ayer’s DC Comics-based film Suicide Squad — has picked out one major problem she perceives with superhero cinema, and indeed comics in general. She says,

Generally though, superhero movies are totally sexist. Female superheroes are normally naked or in bikinis. No one would be able to fight like that. Wonder Woman, how the hell does she fight? She would be dead in a minute.

That might bring some to ask the question: why does she then want to be a part of Suicide Squad? Her answer is frank, and is focused on the characters that will make up this ensemble.

There are only three girls in it, but in my opinion they have the best roles.

In addition to male members like Will Smith’s Deadshot, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag (among others), Delvingne’s Enchantress joins Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Karen Fukuhara’s Katana as the three female members of the team. Also a part of the cast but not part of the core team is Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the handler and administrator of the Suicide Squad that’s certainly one of the most dangerous and threatening characters in the DC Comics universe.

Suicide Squad will be released on August 5th, 2016, and will be the second DC Comics-based film releasing that year after March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In addition to Smith, Courtney, Kinnaman, Delvingne, Robbie, Fukuhara, and Davis, other cast members include Jared Leto as the Joker, and set photos seem to indicate that Ben Affleck will be making an appearance as Batman. For more on the film as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.