For the most part, critics came out swingin with guns blazin' after seeing Suicide Squad in early screenings. Some of the reviews were so harsh, we've seen particularly inspired DC fans band together to try and set in motion a petition to straight up squash Rotten Tomatoes.
Well, at least Warner Bros. enjoyed it, right?
“It bested anything that we could have expected,” Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president over at Warner Bros. told Variety. “The marketing campaign was brilliant and the performances by the cast, starting with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, were just extraordinary. They’re fun and wicked and fans enjoy it.”
In a recent interview, Suicide Squad Director, David Ayer talked a bit about the outlandish rehearsal regimen he encouraged his cast adopt; and it's honestly sounding like just the kind of crazy you'd need, to get your actors in the right mindset for this kind of film:
“It wasn’t a normal rehearsal, we’d talk about their lives, their history, and really got them to open up as people to each other. I also had them fight. I had them fight each other. You learn a lot about who a person really is when you punch them in the face. It gets rid of a lot of the actor stuff.”
As far as Joker's Hot Topic-esque mural of tattoos, Ayer said the following:
“A lot of it has to do with creating a character with some kind of history and footprint in our world, and not have this sacrosanct being outside of our continuum, our reality. If a guy like him really existed today, where would he come from?“ The tattoos tell a very specific story, and eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on, but obviously they’re contentious, any time you do something new it’s contentious. There’s very specific stories and Easter eggs in those tattoos. And even his teeth, there’s an entire story behind that which is absolutely canon. It’s putting his history on his body. This Joker is a little more working class, who I believe could live in our world.”
Alriighty then. And what would a proper closing be to this bit on the Suicide Squad be without the most recent Jared Leto Joker antics be without this little gem that just came to light about how Leto would treat his costume designers?:
“When we first met him, he said — look girls, I’m going to be pretty intense, I’m going to be the Joker when I come for fittings. Sometimes he tried to terrify us, but we’re strong women. He was growling at us, and we’d play back.”
According to the newest rumors, it looks like Tom Hardy is too busy to play Rick Flagg in DC's super-villain team-up, Suicide Squad.
The reports also suggest that director, David Ayer his courting his End of Watch star, Jake Gyllenhaal, to take over the role. He may not have been nominated for Nightcrawler, but we think he can play an unstable leader of a covert team of convicted felons.
Suicide Squad Director David Ayer said the following on Joker's 'damaged' forehead tattoo:
“Joker killed Robin and Batman basically smashes his teeth out and locks him up in Arkham Asylum,” Ayer said. “It’s in the asylum where Joker would have done the ‘damaged’ tattoo as a message to Batman saying, ‘You’ve damaged me. I was so beautiful before and now you’ve destroyed my face.’ That’s where the grill comes from.”