David Ayer Calls the Suicide Squad Film ‘Dirty Dozen with Supervillains’

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As part of their giant announcement last week, Warner Bros. announced their entire slate of DC Comics-based films and the first picture we’ll see on the big screen following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is none other than Suicide Squad, to be helmed by Fury and End of Watch director David Ayer. Empire caught up with the director recently and asked him about the upcoming adaptation which he seems to be quite excited about.

“‘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…I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains. Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?'”

Ayer went on to talk about his anticipation for getting started and diving head first into the world of comic books.

“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.”

The line-up for “Task Force X” in the upcoming film is rumored to include the super strong Blockbuster, the self-replicating Multiplex, the speedster Jaculi, the illusion-casting Mindboggler, the original Captain Boomerang George Harkness, the animal mimicker Vixen, and Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot. A recent report indicated that Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Will Smith had all been approached for roles in the film, though nothing is confirmed at this time. Suicide Squad is currently set for release on August 5, 2016.