Suicide Squad must face a challenge that most previous superhero comic book adaptations haven't had to deal with. The film needs to make audiences care about the bad guys. Sure, some of these characters have a cult following already, most notably Harley Quinn, but popularity doesn't necessarily translate into emotional resonance. According to Producer Charles Suckle, Suicide Squad builds that emotional rapport partly through the character's backstories.
"Starting with Deadshot, he's got a fantastic back story and you get to see things about these characters that I truly don't think you necessarily get to see in comic book films and that's something that gives these characters a tremendous amount of emotional depth and you really connect with them emotionally, which is challenging when you're taking characters that are really villainous and bad guys and having to root for them. They do bad things for a reason of course," Suckle said during a press visit to the Suicide Squad set, "and I'm sure many of you have read various comic books and things about them. David's really gone a long way into giving really deep and rich back stories for almost all of these characters.
"[Deadshot's] a great character. He's got a great back story. That's one of the things I love about what David's done. In addition to them being this dysfunctional, ragtag, Dirty Dozen-like group that has to come together to go on this mission and hopefully succeed, David's done a great job of giving you back stories and understanding these characters beyond what you would just see on the surface as bad guys that are forced to go do something because Amanda Waller is telling them they have to. Rick Flag is sort of the proverbial parent having to sort of try to keep this group in line."
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 written and directed by David Ayer and stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne. It hits theaters August 5, 2016.