Will Smith Talks About Bringing Deadshot to Life For the First Time in ‘Suicide Squad’

By April 28, 2016

Will Smith’s Deadshot has gotten an increasingly larger presence in the Suicide Squad trailers as time has gone on, dating all the way back to the SDCC trailer last year. The character, who up until his onscreen iteration in Arrow might have been one of DC’s more obscure villains, is about be brought into the mainstream consciousness in a big way in Suicide Squad as well, with Smith giving a large number of people their first real taste of the character in a way.

According to Smith as well, that was one of the most alluring aspects of the Suicide Squad role in the beginning too, was getting to help create the first film version of Deadshot in history.

While speaking with Comingsoon.net, Smith spoke on getting to create his version of the character:

“It’s a character that hasn’t really been explored in cinema. I get to design it and be a part of creating the first round of Deadshot in the history of cinema… It’s a really great opportunity to work with a really great ensemble. It was perfectly cast. It’s an insane group of super actor villains.”

Despite his history with superhero movies as well, Smith revealed that he wasn’t all that familiar with comic books until recently:

“As a child, my brother was really into it. I was sort of banned from his comic books. It was sort of sacred land. But probably in the last three or four years, I started getting into it. I started paying attention a bit more. It was a little bit of a benefit coming from the outside and getting exposed to it because I got to do a deep dive over a six or seven month period, taking them all in and reading them back to back. It felt like it gave me a little more freedom to create in my mind rather than being trapped in your childhood images.”

As for working on these big tentpole films, it was Ayer, Smith revealed, who’s given him the most confidence in Suicide Squad:

“These kinds of movies are a different breed. The huge, gigantic tentpoles that are designed to be global behemoths. I wanted to do something like that with David Ayer, who is a director that cares only about character. Every single aspect and detail of the character playing into that gigantic box for me is what makes this one really special.”

I think that from the beginning, Ayer has been one of the most confidence-boosting aspects of the film for a number of the fans out there. Mainly because of his mostly-positive track record as a writer and director, and more than anything else, his clear experience as a filmmaker and an artist, that some would say Zack Snyder is lacking.

It’s clear from the Suicide Squad trailers that this is going to be, at the very least, one of the weirdest and most artistic superhero movies ever put to the big screen, which is an exciting prospect, no matter how you feel about some of the film’s controversial creative choices.

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

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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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