Collider recently had an interview with producer Charles Roven discussing Batman v Superman. Now the conversation has to the next DC film, Suicide Squad. We learn what rating the film will be and more details about Jared Leto’s transformation into The Joker. Check out what Charles Roven had to say down below!
The most surprising thing from all of this is that Warner Brothers never planned a Suicide Squad film. It was director’s David Ayer’s pitch that got the film green lit. Roven explains: “He had a close relationship with [Warner Bros. executive] Greg Silverman and Greg said, ‘He’s got an idea on Suicide Squad, he wants to come in and pitch it.’ Having a guy like that who’s been able to—all of his films have had a certain level of groundedness to them, really feeling very richly real. And so having that sensibility, which is along the lines of what we were talking about earlier how we like to have things grounded in science or whatever, I was very anxious to hear what his take was gonna be on Suicide Squad and I was very happily surprised, but it was right exactly in the pocket that we were looking for. Honestly that movie was essentially green lit in the pitch meeting.”
It’s unusually that a director gets a “superhero movie” green lit. Most of the time the studio already has the film planned and hires the director for the job. Just another reason Suicide Squad is unique.
The fact that Ayer is writing and directing the film is what brought most of the cast on board the project. Roven explains: “Surprisingly, one of the things that is a natural benefit of having a writer-director is that when you meet with him, if he’s trying to meet with an actor and explain to them what the role’s gonna be, there’s a lot of confidence that the actor has that the man who’s telling him what’s it’s gonna be is gonna deliver because he’s both the writer and the director. So David [Ayer] was very fresh off the heels of a movie that he could show called Fury, which was a fabulous picture, and he was able to talk about these really—as he says ‘it can be fun to be bad’ and ‘just because they’re bad doesn’t mean they’re evil’, and so he was able to convince all of the actors that we went out to that he was gonna be able to make these characters so compelling that they would wanna be played more than once by these actors.”
Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5th, 2016.