Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn for the third time in the new film The Suicide Squad. Photo / Delivered
It turns out that the biggest threat facing superheroes is not a giant alien or a megalomaniacal supervillain – it’s bad weather.
It’s November 2019, and the Herald is in the Pinewood Atlanta studio in Atlanta, Georgia, on the expansive set of epics about superheroes The Suicide Squad. And it’s raining. Therefore, the shooting planned for a large external military base was canceled and everyone moved to a closed jungle set. But that’s a good thing, because the change of schedule frees stars Margot Robbie and John Cena for a conversation.
“The biggest kits I’ve ever seen,” Robbie declares ahead. “I mean, they’re really, really crazy.”
Madness is the right word for this gonzo sequel to the widely seen 2016 Suicide Squad. It’s not exactly a sequel, nor a reboot, it’s a slightly more adult adaptation of a DC comic with a lot of new superheroes, including the one played by Taika Waititi (more on that later).
Among the few returnee characters is Robbie, in her third outing as the cheerfully chaotic Harley Quinn. She says the traditionally rotating setup of the Squad corresponds to the kind of re-invention being attempted here.
“It made sense because the comics are in that format,” the Aussie star says. “No wonder it’s being reset.”
After being somewhat defined by a connection to the Joker in previous films, Harley is now more independent.
“She regained her self-confidence, but it’s in herself, not built on a poisonous relationship. In this film, she’s very free, [and] absolutely fine with that. She has so many aspects of her personality that it’s an endless supply of things to explore. “
The screenplay and direction are signed by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2), who took over the job after bad tweets reappeared leading him to be fired (temporarily) by DC rivals Marvel (temporarily) from the third Guardians movie. Robbie says Gunn’s first DC film reflects his sensibility, even if this one isn’t for kids.
“When you watch a James Gunn movie, you know you’re watching a James Gunn movie, and I think that’s the case here. It’s very funny. It’s very full of action. And with a lot of heart. James is very good at putting a heart inside.”
Teammate John Cena, who plays a “hero” of a violent peacemaker, agrees.
“When you’re doing a fantasy-based fantasy comic book movie with James Gunn, that guy, if he still fails, will fall swinging,” says the WWE wrestler who became an actor. “I want to go to war with this guy.”
Price seems to fulfill his wish.
“Engine in the center [The Suicide Squad] is a war movie with nonsense like you would see in the 1960s with Kelly’s Heroes or the Dirty Ten, ”Gunn tells the Herald between filming the forest scene.
Gunn says the bloody, profane R-rated film goes beyond the Marvel hits for which it is best known. “It’s a sharper film than I made [before]. “
Waititi briefly appears in flashbacks as Ratcatcher, the father of Daniele Melchior’s Ratcatcher 2, a key character. Gunn says Waititi was “perfect for the role. I just texted him and said ‘Do you want to be in my movie?’ We are friends. “
Gunn reveals that he first asked Waititi to play a second, bigger role, but the Oscar-winning filmmaker refused because he was preparing to make the then-planned Akira film.
“I hired someone else for that role,” Gunn explains. Then he wrote to me a week later “Is that role still available because Akira isn’t happening anymore,” and I said, “No, it’s not … but I have this [other] the role’.”
Waititi took it over, and his presence plays a small but critical role in making Suicide Squad a superhero film unlike any other.
The suicide squad has been in theaters since Aug. 5