Suicide Squad Director Says Affleck Is An Awesome Batman & Leto Is The King Of Planet Joker


In the film, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is the one that puts together the Suicide Squad -- Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley (Margot Robbie), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara) -- but behind-the-scenes it was director David Ayer (Fury) that convinced these talented actors to take part in the newly forming DC Cinematic Universe.

Though, his biggest get may be Oscar-winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) to play The Clown Prince of Crime. "He's the king of Planet Joker," Ayer praised to USA Today.

And when you add Batman's archnemesis to the mix, it helps to have The Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) make an appearance as well. "We made him fight," the director said of Affleck. "He's awesome (as Batman). ... You really sense that but for the grace of God he himself would be doing some really foul stuff out in the world."

Because he's "bound by nondisclosure clauses a mile long" Affleck can't discuss details regarding his role in Suicide Squad, but he express admiration for what he saw of it. "It felt like I have such a cool cousin," he said. "This thing that is so awesome is somehow related to me, and that was really exciting because it started to feel like a constellation of things, and I've never had that feeling."

Directed and written by David Ayer (Fury) and features an all-star cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, and Karen Fukahara.

Suicide Squad is set to be released August 5, 2016.