Are you the kind of person who's fed up with colourful, bouncy comic-book movies that are distinctly lacking in danger and edginess? Then thank your lucky superheroes for David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad, which the director says will rework the entire notion of the comic book movie.
You've no doubt caught a glimpse of Jared Leto's alarming-looking Joker adorning the recent cover of Empire magazine (see below). But he's just one part of a very twisted ensemble that comprises iconic super-villains from across the DC Comics Universe. Among them: Will Smith's Deadshot and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, just two of the baddies who are compelled to work together as part of a nefarious government scheme.
As if the concept of a comic book film centering around villains wasn't already innovative enough, Fury filmmaker Ayer says the tone of Suicide Squad will also make for an exciting change of pace – and may even revolutionise the genre as a whole.
"You know, all these movies are about defeating the evil alien robot from ****** Planet X, before it destroys the world with its ticking clock. And who the **** cares?" he tells Empire (via Movie Pilot). "But you do a story about struggle and isolation and people who have been **** on, that suddenly get thrown this lifeline… that’s not so bad. I like to think of this as Comic-Book Movie 2.0."
The storyline is a sly and crafty one, as Viola Davis' scheming official Amanda Waller plots to turn the Suicide Squad members against their own nature, deploying them as a task force for ostensibly 'good' purposes. However, should anything go wrong the government has in-built deniability, allowing the nefarious members to act as scapegoats.
With an all-star cast also including Terminator: Genisys actor Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, British actress/model Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and Robocop's Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, there's no denying the talent on display. However, Ayer says the narrative is centrally based around the aforementioned Harley Quinn and her relationship with The Joker.
"When you follow her story, it’s about her breaking free of the Joker and becoming this fully actualized, independent person," Ayer explains. "That really is a metaphor for everyone’s journey here."
It sounds as if there will indeed be a dash of heart beneath the movie's grungy, badass exterior. Check out the Suicide Squad trailer. The film is released on 5th August 2016.