How The Classic Suicide Squad Influenced The Movie

While there are plenty of elements in Suicide Squad that have little or no connection to the comic [...]

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While there are plenty of elements in Suicide Squad that have little or no connection to the comic books on which it's based, director David Ayer was acutely aware of the classic Suicide Squad from the '80s and '90s when he sat down to work out the script for the film.

"I think you almost have to kind of go back to the beginnings and look at [Bob] Kane's Batman and look at the origins of Superman and kind of start there and work your way through the canon and how it's evolved as society has changed. Certain elements haven't changed and certain elements have. The revolution going into the 90's, the graphic novel and then Miller's work. You have to look at all of that," Ayer said during a set visit last year. "For me it was going into the original Suicide Squad which is very interesting because it's a product of kind of a bi-polar world. These guys were fighting the Russians. It was very 80's, you know, and I'm a child of the 80's. I totally understood where they're coming from. You can really see how, in today's world, where the government sometimes engages in murky activities to solve problems and make us safe. Where you could sort of see something like this happening and how would it happen today?"

You can find out for yourself by seeing the movie this weekend.

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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?

Suicide Squad is in theaters now.