There's no doubt that Katana is a lethal fighter. She's an exquisite martial artist and swordswoman. And like any good hero, she has a painful and tragic backstory. How much of it will we see in the film? That hasn't been revealed, but we do know that she will be a widow and communicate with her dead husband via Soultaker, the mystical sword that traps the souls of its victims.
The threat of having your soul stuck in a sword for eternity makes Katana a very scary member of the Suicide Squad, but Karen Fukuhara, the 24-year-old actress playing the character, believes it is Katana's lack of concern for her own well-being that makes her the deadliest team member.
"I think she is the deadliest. Yeah. She is the deadliest. Yeah," Fukuhara told Comicbook.com and other press during a Suicide Squad set visit. "Fact. I could fight it with you. Her character, she's not into fighting for herself. That's the giri-ninjo part; it's for someone else. When someone doesn't care about her own well being, to kill someone else, and to protect someone, that makes her the scariest one, because she doesn't ... Try fighting someone that doesn't care about what the outcome is for them. You're going against someone that is going to give it their all, no matter how many times you shoot at them, and that's why she's so badass and awesome."
What also makes Katana stand out from the rest of the team is that she's not a villain. She volunteered to be there. "She's the protector of Rick Flag," Fukuhara explained, "so I'd like to think she's still one of the only characters that's so-called good or heroic."
How well does Katana interact with the other Suicide Squad members? "Throughout the movie, it grows," Fukuhara shared. "In the beginning it's not so friendly. She's her own person, she's a lone wolf. I think by the end of it she finds her family and that's her story and her journey to overcome trust issues as well, in becoming a part of a team and a squad, per se."
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Scott Eastwood (“Fury”), Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”), Adam Beach (“Cowboys & Aliens”), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
Suicide Squad opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters beginning August 5, 2016.