The Women of Suicide Squad Reveal New Details About Their Roles

Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 2:23PM
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Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 2:23PM
The Women of Suicide Squad Reveal New Details About Their Roles
Due to Batman v Superman's limited success, a lot more is riding on Suicide Squad than some may have originally thought. For one, it'll be the first movie in the DCEU not directed by Zack Snyder, and as such, it'll need to prove to the world that every film coming from DC isn't going to make the same mistakes that Snyder has. Likewise, Suicide Squad will expand the DCEU more than any other film so far, introducing a number of villains which could help establish several characters in the DC universe (for instance, Captain Boomerang could help set up The Flash, and Enchantress could help set up a Justice League Dark film with supernatural characters like Constantine, Deadman, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and so on).

That being said, Suicide Squad already has a lot going for it - maybe even more so than Batman v Superman had. The marketing thus far has been terrific, with some of the most brilliantly crafted trailers of any DC Comics film. Likewise, the hype it's generated has been off the charts, with the early trailers eclipsing Batman v Superman and a number of other recent superhero films by a wide margin.

Of course, Suicide Squad will also be one of the most female centric DC movies (at least until Wonder Woman), with strong, beloved female characters playing arguably some of the biggest (if not the biggest, period) roles in the film. Recently, the actresses playing in these roles had the chance to reveal some new details about their parts in a feature called "Not-So-Nice Girls" in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Margot Robbie, the Australian actress playing the first-ever big screen adaptation of Harley Quinn, had this to say about her role:  

Opening quote
David [Ayer] really wanted her to be strong, badass, and nuts-but fun as well…Whenever I would be inclined to play into the comedy or play her more likable, he'd always direct me the other way. He wanter her to be pretty vicious.
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That's interesting to hear, as Harley has always been one of those "likable" villains. She's always had somewhat of a softer side, despite her insane antics, and it's probably reasonable to assume that there'll still be a little bit of that softer side in the film. Thankfully, though, it looks like she'll be staying true to her roots as a villain (at least in this movie, anyway) and won't be toning down her brutality. As it's recently been revealed that she's also a leading character for a Birds of Prey movie currently in pre-production, one has to wonder how long this anti-heroic characterization of Harley will actually last, however.  

Cara Delevingne, on the other side, revealed a bit about what she did to prepare for the role of Enchantress. Of course, it's absolutely nuts.  

Opening quote
David asked me to go into a forest under a full moon and take my clothes off to feel what nature felt like, to feel what it felt like to be an animal…And I did. It didn't sound that weird to me
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Delevingne is currently one of those popular young actresses with a crazy streak, so it seems like the part of Enchantress may be perfect for her. As of now, it seems like Enchantress is one of the likely candidates for the primary antagonist of the film as well, so it could be one of Delevingne's biggest roles yet.

Viola Davis had this to say about her part as Amanda Waller:


Opening quote
How can I be badass? I had to do it internally. Of course I wore my 'fro. And I embraced her bio. That was all i had. I didn't have a cape or a golden lasso.
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Of course, the thing is, Waller doesn't need a cape or a golden lasso to be one of the most intimidating and feared women in the DC universe. In the comics, the team absolutely hates her (which is understandable, she puts bombs in their heads and threatens to blow them up if the team doesn't follow orders), and yet she often stands strong as the intelligent organizer of the team. It'll be exciting to see how Davis pulls off the role.

Then there's Karen Fukuhara's Katana, who's inclusion in the movie was a bit surprising, as she's never really associated with the Squad before.

Opening quote
She has this samurai spirit, and that's something I've been watching and learning about all my life…I felt like I knew Katana as soon as I read the comic.
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That's certainly exciting to hear, as roles that resonate with actors and actresses on a personal level are obviously some of the ones that tend to stand out the most.

At any rate, Suicide Squad is now the next big superhero movie for comic book fans to look forward to, with Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and now X-Men: Apocalypse having already premiered. Hopefully it shows the world how much fun the bad guys of the DC Universe can be and paves the way for even more innovative films to come from the DCEU.
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