Director David Ayer Talks SUICIDE SQUAD, Tackling A Comic Book Movie And More

Announced last week as a part of Warner Bros.’ ambitious DC movie plans for the next few years, Suicide Squad is finally a go, with Fury‘s David Ayer set to direct. The supervillain team-up film is expected to star a number of A-list actors, with Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie reportedly in talks to join. Ryan Gosling has also been rumored for the film. While few other details are available, we now have Ayer’s first comments on joining the movie.

Speaking with Empire Online while promoting Fury, the director had this to say regarding how his latest film has prepared him to bring the Suicide Squad to life. “Fury whetted my appetite for a bigger canvas and this idea of world creation. You can do amazing things as a filmmaker if you have the proper tools, and those are time and money.” He then teased his vision for the gritty villain-centric movie. “I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains. Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?’” As for how he would cast a character such as Australian racist Captain Boomerang, Ayer replies, “Like one would cast any other role. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m going to do what I do in my typical fever dream of directing.” 

The director then discusses making the inevitable leap into the comic book movie genre with his next project. “I love the passion [comic-book fans] have for these characters and these worlds. I think there’s something incredible about the comic genre and technology has finally caught up with pen and ink to render these fantastic worlds in a way that feels believable and visceral to audiences. It’s a secular religion in that regards. The mythology that these characters represent – the idea of them as fallen gods on Earth – is intriguing to me. I can’t wait to start exploring those corridors.” Finally, Ayer says that whoever is cast in Suicide Squad will likely have the same training regime as his past films. “I have a cookbook of preparation that I like to run actors through, so I don’t think I would change [my preparation].” 

Stay tuned for more news as we have it. Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters August 5th, 2016.

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