‘Suicide Squad’ Director Says Audiences Deserve More Complex Characters and Conflicts

By July 13, 2016
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At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Suicide Squad director David Ayer said that it was time for the comic book genre and fans to see something other than the usual good vs bad stories and conflicts we see, and that it was time to see “Bad vs Evil.” It wasn’t hard to figure out what Ayer meant by that either, with a cast of almost all villains from the DC comics, ranging from obscure characters like Captain Boomerang to iconic psychopaths like Joker and Harley Quinn.

For Ayer as well, a writer and director that’s used to placing his movies in morally grey situations with conflicted characters, the opportunity to make a movie where the characters weren’t bound by moral righteousness and could do literally anything, was an exciting prospect to say the least.

While speaking with Screen Rant from the movie’s set as well, Ayer talked about why he thinks audiences deserve better villains and conflicts in their comic book movies:

“I mean, you’re talking to the guy who wrote Training Day, so for me it’s not going too far… All these characters are conflicted and complex. And so many times you feel like, in the [comic book movie] genre, they’re trying to inject complexity into what’s a very black and white character. You know, good guys: they’re gonna do the good thing. It’s very easy to get ahead of them in plotting because you always know what the good guy’s going to do. These guys can do anything. They’re not bound by the normal rules, so that’s what makes it so fun to play in this space.”

With that, comes some pretty gross looking villains for the Squad to fight as well, currently only known as the Eyes of the Adversary, which are fairly disgusting to look at:

“They’re pretty disturbing… yeah, they’re really disturbing. It’s hard to come up with bad guys, and it’s hard to come up with creatures. I mean, I think it’s one of the most difficult things, and if you look at modern development in film… it’s brutal. You want to do something fresh, yet, I also want to do something very specific to this world and unique. And I think we kind of nailed it. It’s sort of related to the bad guy stuff and the bad guy stuff is very much a sealed, locked box.”

Whether you agree with him or not, I don’t think it’s hard to see where Ayer is coming from here. Even in movies where superheroes are fighting, it’s somewhat easy to predict what’s going to happen throughout the movie and with the characters. All it comes down to is the execution at that point. However, Suicide Squad presents the genre with a new opportunity to make a film where audiences are not only wowed by the execution, but also legitimately don’t know what’s going to happen next.

The studio and creative talent have done a great job at keeping a majority of the story and conflict in Suicide Squad as vague and simple as they can in the promotional materials so far as well. We really don’t know all that much about the film’s plot or story yet, and I think with that, Suicide Squad has the chance to be one of the most refreshing moviegoing experiences in the genre to date.

Suicide Squad is set to hit theatres on August 5th.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable