Margot Robbie: Suicide Squad Will Be More Dark Knight than Avengers
DC may be trying to imitate Marvel's business model in many ways, but at least in the case of Suicide Squad, it's keeping its trademark seriousness. In a recent interview with MTV News, Robbie confirmed that Suicide Squad would be a much darker, grittier take on the comic book genre, a la Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
In the interview, MTV's Josh Horowitz pointed out that Suicide Squad director David Ayer, known for acclaimed, violent dramas such as End of Watch and Fury, isn't known for comic book movies, but rather films that are very much "grounded in reality." Robbie agreed, and when asked if the film would resemble a "popcorn movie" or whether the film would have a "grittier take" on the genre, she replied, "On a scale of [Dark Knight to Avengers], I think it's more on the Dark Knight side of things."
Whether this is good news or bad news will probably be dependent on whether you're a Marvel or DC kind of person (I feel like it's becoming the new "cat person vs dog person" in the geek community). I'm probably biased, because I tend to favor darker, more serious movies, and The Dark Knight is unquestionably my favorite superhero movie of all time. But even aside from that bias, I think it would be difficult to make a Suicide Squad movie that wasn't darker than The Avengers. Hopefully there will be a couple of light moments in order to establish the group's rapport with each other, but the subject matter is much darker and the heroes much more antiheroic than anything in the Marvel oeuvre.
Suicide Squad is slated for an August 5, 2016 release.