‘Suicide Squad’: David Ayer Banking On Harley Quinn To Carry Film

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Jun. 20 2016, Updated 10:05 a.m. ET

Suicide Squad is still two months from dropping in theaters, but it’s obvious who director David Ayer is banking on to carry his adaption of the popular DC comic book series. And it’s not the two Oscar-caliber actors in his cast, either.

As reported by Collider, David Ayer debuted a brand new movie poster for the highly-anticipated film starring Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto as the Joker, and Academy Award-nominated actor and box office champion Will Smith as Deadshot. But front and center between the two high profile stars sits Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, one of the most popular DC comics characters ever making her big screen debut in the film.

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“Blending cartoonish animation with images of the main cast in the image of a nuclear explosion and casting it all on top of that ever-present neon purple and green background, it all just screams chaos. But when you’re talking about a team of deadly and insane villains turned heroes-for-hire, chaos is probably just the ticket.”

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And chaos has been following this film ever since another DC film made its debut in 2016, namely the highly dubious Batman V Superman. After the film dropped to mixed reviews at best, all eyes immediately turned to Suicide Squad to see if the film could win over audiences where Zack Snyder’s melodramatic two-hour-plus bomb did not.

Immediately, rumors of re-shoots plagued the production, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. The thought was that because Batman V Superman was criticized for being too dark, and Fox Studios’ Deadpool won over fans with its humor, Suicide Squad was being tweaked to distance itself from the dark and lean more toward the funny. Ayer, of course, found that laughable.

Jai Courtney, who portrays Captain Boomerang in the upcoming anti-hero team-up, also came to the director’s defense.

“I think there’s plenty of [humor] in it,” Screenrant reported. “I wouldn’t say we’re going back to make it funnier, there’s some additional action stuff that we’ve been doing, which is pretty dope. Really we’re just kind of adding in that sense.”

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