Suicide Squad‘s Director Calls It “Comic Book Movie 2.0” — Because It’s About “People Who Have Been Shit On”

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Above, glimpse the fourth of Empire’s Suicide Squad-themed covers featuring Will Smith as Deadshot; look back through our coverage of Harley, Enchantress, and the Joker for the rest of the head-to-toe costume shots, plus hints about each of the characters. Today, Comic Book Movie shared a quote from Suicide Squad’s director David Ayer, who drops a few f-bombs in explaining why his film’s different than other superhero fare:

You know, all these movies are about defeating the evil alien robot from f*cking Planet X, before it destroys the world with its ticking clock. And who the f*ck cares? But you do this story about struggle and isolation and people who have been shit on that suddenly get thrown this lifeline… That’s not so bad… I like to think of this as the Comic Book Movie 2.0.

Executive Producer Charles Roven also shared his own thoughts on Ayer’s vision:

We’d just started shooting Batman v Superman, we were figuring out our path through the expanding DC Justice League universe. Then David Ayer came and pitched his take on Suicide Squad. It had this darkness and edge, while still tonally in the zone of what we’re trying to do with these movies. And it’s impossible that you could get a big tentpole picture from pitch to start of principal photography and faster than we did.

I’ll take Roven’s word for it that Suicide Squad‘s been moving real fast, because it doesn’t feel very fast to me — this movie isn’t coming out until August 5th of next year! That feels strangely far away, given how much hype I’m already seeing about the film. Or maybe that’s just among my own Suicide Squad-obsessed friends — how do all of you feel?

(via Comic Book Resources, image via Slashfilm)

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