Will Smith, David Ayer Talk ‘Suicide Squad,’ Deadshot’s Origin & Harley Quinn Love Triangle!

By October 27, 2015

Lot’s of news all over the internet-airwaves on the heels of a new Empire magazine hitting newsstands. The stories and images tease costume and motivations of the Joker, along with Cara Delevigne’s Enchantress.  Now, some nice little tidbits of character and story are coming from the director himself, David Ayer.

Arguably, one of the most compelling and interesting castings and reveals has been Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Fans have waited anxiously to see these two imagined on the big screen and writer/director David Ayer sounds like he has something special planned. In regards to this relationship, and on Harley Quinn in general, Ayer says to Empire,

“It’s about her breaking free of The Joker and becoming this fully actualized, independent person. That really is a metaphor for everyone’s journey here.”

Makes a lot of sense to me and seems to touch on the Joker and Harley’s relationship from The New 52 comics and even Assault on Arkham. One of the more fascinating and complex ideas is Harley, a trained psychologist, falling in love with her patient, the Joker. I’m sure all of us fans and followers of the comic expected this to be a part of the movie. But what did surprise me is what Will Smith said regarding his Deadshot character in relation to Robbie’s Quinn:

“Harley is the biggest troublemaker, but Deadshot’s actually eyeballing her a little bit. There’s a pretty ragged romantic triangle there.” 

Eyeballing? Love triangle? Romance even? In a comic book movie about villains? This thing keeps getting better and better. The idea of Harley causing some trouble and getting in the way of two men – two hard core villains even – makes this an interesting slant in regards to story. This is not just a shoot-em up, drop some Batman and Superman references comic book movie. It’s something more.

Continuing, Will Smith shares a bit more about his Deadshot character:

“As the movie opens, he has a really big career score. He’s looking to turn over a new leaf with his daughter after the hit, but it goes wrong. It goes terribly, terribly wrong. And it lands him in Belle Reve for life.”

This seems like a story beat Will Smith can (obviously) get behind. For the love of a family member, especially a daughter, gives him a bit more to do than just being a hard-ass villain only looking out for himself. All good bad guys are motivated by something bigger than just money and power. If his daughter is dangled in front of him, it’s no wonder the character Smith portrays would play ball. Add in the new ‘love triangle’ story thread and you, yes YOU Warner Bros and DC, have just piqued my curiosity more than the awesome trailer.

Suicide Squad has quickly risen to the top as one of the most anticipated movies from DC and WB. Director David Ayer hasn’t steered me wrong yet – his Fury was a solid war movie I quite enjoyed while his End of Watch was brutal and hard to stomach. That’s a good thing. He is unrelenting as a filmmaker, with a bleak view of the world around him. What better property to tackle than a movie of about villains dressing up as heroes.

Suicide Squad opens on August 5, 2016.

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