When you think of family-oriented superhero movies, you think about "The Incredibles," or maybe "Fantastic Four." But the next movie to come to mind probably isn't "Suicide Squad," the DC Comics adaptation about ruthless super villains who team together in an unlikely alliance — and yet, that's exactly what writer-director David Ayer is hoping to pull off.
In an interview with Canada's Entertainment City (via THR) on the Toronto set of "Suicide Squad," Ayer reveals that he's trying to create a family unit with his group of villains, including the eagle-eyed Deadshot, the homicidal clowns Joker and Harley Quinn, the mutated Killer Croc, and the others making up the all-star lineup of DC villains.
"I'm all about real drama, real performance, and real people, so my twist on this is I'm creating a family," he says. "I'm creating a brotherhood here. I'm creating a very real chemistry, and I have this incredible ensemble of actors led by Will Smith who are basically playing three-dimensional characters with lives and souls."
Entertainment City's video from the "Suicide Squad" set features all the in-costume characters we met in the film's first official image, including a bald and bearded Smith as Floyd Lawton, and his "Focus" co-star Margot Robbie as the Joker's partner in crime, Harley Quinn. Shots of cars and other signage throughout the city reveal that the movie takes place in Midway City, frequent home of Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the pages of DC Comics.
"A lot of the movie takes place at night within the city," says co-producer Andy Horowitz. "This [scene] is our crew landing and touching down in the city and making their way to where they need to go."
Where do they need to go? Inside the movie, that's anyone's guess, but on a practical level, "Suicide Squad" has to land; a lot of pressure is riding on the shoulders of the first DC Universe movie outside of the much awaited "Batman v Superman," and Horowitz thinks it'll deliver.
"It's something different," he says. "I think this will be a very edgy movie. It's about bad guys coming together to do a good thing."
Hopefully, good things will happen when "Suicide Squad" arrives on August 5, 2016.