With reporting by Josh Horowitz
Jared Leto's new haircut might have stolen the spotlight for a while, but it hasn't stopped the rest of the "Suicide Squad" hype train from slowly chugging along towards the DC film's August 5th, 2016 release date. While promoting "Insurgent," the second film in the "Divergent" series, Jai Courtney got the chance to open up to MTV News about his character Captain Boomerang, with whom he shares similar geographical roots.
"I don't know, can you name another Australian comic book hero off the top of your head?" Courtney asked. "Is it safe to say that I'm playing the only Australian comic book character? that's pretty damn cool."
In fairness, Marvel's also got a few Aussies here and there (including the aboriginal mutant Gateway), but he's right in thinking the heroes from down under are pretty few and far between. Still, getting to use his own accent wasn't the only thing that compelled Jai Courtney to get involved -- he also wanted the chance to work with David Ayer, who will be writing and directing the film for Warner Brothers.
"Ayer was really the major point of attraction for me with this," Courtney said, recalling a conversation he and Shia LaBeouf once had on a road trip while filming "Man Down" together. "I remember saying, quite confidently, that there's no way in hell I'd do a comic book movie. I'm like, 'Man, it's tired, it's done, like, we're so saturated in it right now, who cares,' all this stuff--'I don't go and see them.' Two weeks later they're like, 'David Ayer wants to Skype,' and I'm like, 'Anything you want, baby.' "
"It's David Ayer, man, he's not going to phone it in," Courtney added. "It won't be like a comic book movie we've seen before."
The Divergent Series: Insurgent hits theaters March 20.