The majority of the cast and crew got the tattoo "SKWAD" in honor of this film. The tattoos were even applied by some of the cast members, Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
When perfecting the Joker's laugh, Jared Leto publicly tried different laughs in New York City and Toronto to see which ones made people the most uncomfortable.
Margot Robbie revealed at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 that although the cast members of the squad had extensive rehearsals together, she and Jared Leto did not rehearse prior to filming their scenes. She and Director David Ayer felt it added to the unpredictability and madness of Harley Quinn and The Joker.
Tom Hardy was originally cast as Rick Flag, but dropped out to do The Revenant (2015). Hardy had previously played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), who was a former member of the Suicide Squad in the comic books. Hardy later expressed his regret at leaving the role, given that he did not want to lose the work.
To prepare for his role as Deadshot, Will Smith shaved his head, and spent time training with Navy S.E.A.L.s and Army Rangers, practicing firing a Glock 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle. Smith turned out to be a quick learner, particularly with long distance shots using the AR-15.
In May 2016, Warner Brothers announced that Margot Robbie would reprise her role as Harley Quinn in an upcoming Gotham City Sirens, which she would also produce. Not much has been revealed about the project, but it is rumored to be focused on the female heroes and villains of the DC Extended Universe, and if indeed the title is "Gotham City Sirens", we can expect Poison Ivy and Catwoman appearing with Harley.
Jared Leto got so immersed in playing The Joker that he wouldn't break out of character on set even when he wasn't filming. He even sent his fellow cast members "Joker-like" presents: a live rat to Margot Robbie, and bullets to Will Smith, a soiled Playboy magazine to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and a dead hog, anal beads, and used condoms for the whole crew. Scott Eastwood commented that Leto frightened him at times with his behavior, and Smith mentioned that he actually never met the real Leto.
During Deadshot's "dossier" sequence at the start of the film, the list of weapons with which he is deadly includes the potato cannon.
During the first scenes of Harley Quinn's origins, there is a montage that includes Margot Robbie dancing with The Joker while wearing the original red and black Harlequin suit her character was invented with in the 1990s. This shot is inspired by artist Alex Ross's painted cover for "Batman: Harley Quinn #1," which was the character's official entry into DC Comics' main universe.
Margot Robbie kept the live rat that Jared Leto sent her and she even gave it a name; "Rat-Rat", she added "If Harley got something from Joker, she'd probably cherish it", she told E! Magazine.
Ryan Gosling was sought out first for the role of The Joker. He reportedly turned down the role, because he did not want to sign on for a multi-picture deal that the studio was requiring.
Harley Quinn wields an umbrella that is red and black, which is the original color scheme for her outfit from Batman: The Animated Series (1992), which is seen in the film during Harley Quinn's back story where her and the Joker are dancing. She also wields a baseball bat, her trademark weapon from the "Batman: Arkham" video games.
Early cuts of the film included more interaction with Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn, with Harley severely disliking him despite growing affectionate to all the other members of the squad.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje did extensive research for Killer Croc, reading decades worth of material from the comics with the character. He also observed actual crocodiles and researched cannibalism.
Jared Leto shaved his eyebrows in order to play The Joker, to make him look more deranged and psychotic. Jay Hernandez, who plays El Diablo, also shaved his eyebrows for his role, since his character was designed to have no hair on his body. For Hernandez, the choice saved him half an hour a day in the make-up chair.
Jared Leto chose not to re-watch the performance given by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008) because he felt he needed to form his own version of the character. He did not want to copy or lift material from any previous film version. Instead, he focused more on the comic book versions of the iconic villain.
The baseball bat used by Harley Quinn was given to Kevin Smith as a "thank you" for hosting Dawn of the Justice League (2016).
The Ace Chemicals scene where Joker finishes Harley's transformation was initially longer in the original cut, with Harley jumping into the chemicals and with more bits of dialogue from Joker.
It took the make-up team five hours for the prosthetic make-up to be applied to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, with the make-up applied to his head and shoulders, while the rest was body paint.
Jared Leto visited New York Comic Con 2015 in disguise, and took a picture with an unsuspecting fan cosplaying The Joker.
The Batmobile chase scene with Batman pursuing Harley Quinn and Joker was originally longer, with more interaction between Joker and Harley. One of the examples, presented in all the trailers, is the Joker punching the roof of his car.
Jared Leto took inspiration from the Batman comic "Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth," which portrayed The Joker as a transcendent, unsettling, and seductive person. He also cites gospel music, shamans, and Mexican cartels as an influence on the character.
A bar scene with Harley taking everyone's orders was featured in several trailers but was edited for the theatrical release. In the scene, Deadshot calls for a shot, Katana wants whiskey, Croc and Boomerang settle for beer, Harley asks Diablo wants, and he prefers water which she jokes, "is a good idea". In the finished film, it cuts directly to Deadshot's speech about them all almost pulling the mission off. It is added into the Extended cut of the film, with extra dialogue from Deadshot and Diablo.
Viola Davis read M.E. Thomas' autobiography "Confessions of a Sociopath" to prepare for her role as Amanda Waller.
Each of the Squad wears an item that references their comic book history: -George Harkness has on a blue shirt with "Captain" on it, in an homage to Captain Boomerang's blue uniform (it also has a design of little boomerangs on it). -Killer Croc wears clothes made out of crocodile skin. -June Moone, a.k.a. Enchantress has on a moon-styled headpiece to keep her powers in control (in the comics, it was a necklace). -Chato Santana has a sweatshirt reading "Diablo", his superhero title. -Katana's outfit echoes her "New 52" uniform (a black suit) and her classic suits (which had Japanese rising suns as her symbol). -Harley Quinn's color scheme is red and blue, inspired by her appearance in the "New 52" DC comics, where she is a member of the Squad. -Deadshot uses an eyepiece that resembles his comic avatar.
Waylon Jones, a.k.a. Killer Croc has only eight lines of dialogue in the movie, totaling sixty-four words.
The strip club that Harley Quinn dances in is The Joker's establishment, Smile and Grin.
The Joker's various clothes in this film are based on the clothes he wore in the Batman comics. The tuxedo and white gloves come from The Killing Joke (1988) and Death in the Family (1988), the white coat and purple shirt comes from Dark Knight Returns (1986), The Joker's brown waistcoat comes from Joker (2008).
While reading the comic books in preparation to direct the film, David Ayer had Margot Robbie in mind for the role of Harley Quinn. However, Emma Roberts was offered the role by Warner Brothers, but she turned it down to star in Scream Queens (2015). Olivia Thirlby, Imogen Poots, Alison Brie, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Emma Watson, Emily Browning, Zooey Deschanel, Lily Collins, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sara Paxton, Amanda Seyfried, and Evan Rachel Wood were also considered for the role of Harley Quinn.
On Joker and Harley's relationship, Jared Leto said, "I think people do crazy things when they're in love, and I think the Joker is. I don't know if you could call it love, but it's something similar. I think that Harley is a trophy for the Joker. Something he can possess, and it's exciting for him to think about this creature that he helped create, being by his side as he dominates the world."
David Ayer revealed in a Q&A on Twitter, that King Shark was originally going to appear in the film, but would only have been possible as a fully CGI character, his replacement, Killer Croc, was portrayed practically with make-up and prosthetics.
Just like his preparation to portray Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Jared Leto shaved his entire body (except his head) to play the Joker.
Jai Courtney was reported as saying, "I'll never be in a comic book movie." He changed his mind after finding out David Ayer was to direct and produce this film.
It took three hours each day to apply the tattoos and make-up to Jared Leto for the Joker.
Jared Leto said in an interview about acting alongside Margot Robbie: "Margot is very easy to have chemistry with. She's incredibly talented and very sweet and a great actress. The perfect partner for me and The Joker."
Part of this film is set in Midway City. In the DC Comics, this was the home of the superhero couple Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
Will Smith had lengthy talks with David Ayer about his nasty past experiences, fears, and frustrations, in order to get to the core of his character, Deadshot. He later found that Ayer recalled some of these to him during filming, in order to get Smith into the right frame of mind.
The dead pig that Jared Leto sent the cast is actually seen when they're doing the feeding sessions to the inmates as they drop the dead pig into Killer Croc's cell. It was later confirmed that this was the actual pig that was sent that was used in the film. In the Extended cut of the film, David Ayer has a cameo as the guard who drops the pig into Killer Croc's cell.
To prepare for her role as Harleen Quinzel, a.k.a. Harley Quinn, Margot Robbie stated in an interview, "I ended up looking into MMPI testings. It's a test that psychologists use to determine what mental illness people might have. It's a list of five hundred questions or something. Whenever we had time to rehearse or improvise, or even in the scenes, I'd just start with those questions. Some of them are basic, and some of them are not. I'd see which ones would catch him off guard, how he'd react, and I'd be like, 'OK, I'm gonna go for this tactic now. It's a lot of trial and error. It's kinda like when your friend is doing something stupid in a relationship, and you're just so frustrated. You're like 'What are you doing? Why?' I landed upon co-dependency as the tact to take. It's like a compulsion, I suppose. When you start looking at it the way an alcoholic is compelled, you know, needs to have a drink. You think of it in those terms, like it's an actual psychological problem, which co-dependency actually is."
The Enchantress is the name of villainous characters in both DC and Marvel Comics, who coincidentally both wield magic and are clothed in green. The Enchantress of Marvel is a rival of Thor, while DC's is not primarily an antagonist on any one hero. In this film, she has been completely re-designed in order to look visually different and unique.
Jared Leto tore his labrum (a piece of fibrocartilage (rubbery tissue) attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball of the joint in place) while performing a stunt for this film.
David Ayer cast Cara Delevingne before there was a script. He asked her to prepare for her role as Enchantress by stripping naked in the woods, preferably underneath a full moon, and walking in the mud at night. She reportedly did so, on the secluded compound of her sister's mansion, for some much-needed privacy.
Joker tells Harley that he has some grape soda waiting for her. Harley drank grape soda in one of her most famous comic books, Paul Dini's Mad Love, as she waited for Batman to wake up to kill him.
Within three weeks of the teaser-trailer being released, it had racked up more views than both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) trailers.
In an interview, David Ayer said that in this film, a different side of Batman can be seen, as he is shown from a villain's perspective.
After Writer and Director Kevin Smith received Harley Quinn's bat. He gave it to his daughter, Harley Quinn Smith.
David Ayer described this film as a "comic book version of The Dirty Dozen (1967)".
Cara Delevingne auditioned for the role of Enchantress by reading for Martha from Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" She was asked to read the part in several different ways, in order to reflect June Moone's split personality. By the end of the audition, she was ready to beat people up: "David Ayer sparked a fury in me, you got to come get me out of jail because I was so furious!"
When asked how the Joker would relate to Batman, Jared Leto said in an interview "From the Joker's point of view, Batman is a sweet guy, but he's not that scary. He's almost like my friend".
Scenes of El Diablo that were removed from the final cut include him observing the flame of a lit match, before putting it out due to his vow to no longer use his powers and being escorted to a training center by being placed in a tube that fills with water to quell his flames, and then unceremoniously dropped onto the ground.
Writer Paul Dini, who created Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series (1992), said he found her look optimistic and promising.
Belle Reve Penetentiary is the headquarters of the Suicide Squad. "Belle Reve" is misspelled French for "beautiful dream".
Scenes of Rick Flag and June Moon's romantic relationship, including him reading the files of the Suicide Squad recruits after Waller delivers them to him and a scene of Flag and Moon out on a date, were removed from the final cut.
Margot Robbie spent over three hours in the make-up chair, to be transformed into Harley Quinn. She had to have her skin painted white, apply twenty temporary tattoos, apply Harley Quinn's wig, and get into costume.
To prepare for his role as the Joker, Jared Leto watched hours of real crime footage on YouTube until he couldn't watch anymore. His reasoning was to understand how calm and deliberate a criminal can be and apply that to the character.
This film takes place after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
This movie was filmed in Toronto, Ontario in June 2015 under the code name "Bravo 14".
The mercenary Deathstroke briefly had an appearance in this film, and Joe Manganiello was considered for the role. He is slated to appear in The Batman.
Killer Croc is based on his original debut appearance in the 80s (an aspiring criminal kingpin) and his appearance in the "Joker" comic (a huge black man with a skin condition who indulges in cannibalism).
The first trailer for this film shown at Comic Con 2015, featured a cover version of The Bee Gees's classic "I Started A Joke". This version was specifically produced for that preview by trailer music company Confidential Music (with vocals by Becky Hanson), and made quite an impact with audiences. A modified version of that arrangement is included on the official soundtrack album (which is remarkable as such cover versions created only for promotional material are normally not released to the public).
Although she has prior martial arts experience with a brown striped belt in karate, Karen Fukuhara trained alongside her castmates during about two months of pre-production, in order to learn how to wield a sword correctly.
Some of Katana's soul taker scenes, some of which were present in the trailers, with her eyes blackening as she uses her blade, didn't make it into the final cut.
The John F. Ostrander Federal Building was named after Suicide Squad creator John Ostrander.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Keanu Reeves, Oscar Isaac, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Matt Damon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Michael Fassbender, Joel Kinnaman, and Jon Hamm were considered for the role of Deadshot. Kinnaman would later be cast as Rick Flag.
Arkham Asylum's gates in the movie are identical to the ones from the television show Gotham (2014).
Vixen, Multiplex, and Mindboggler were added in the film's original script before being cut.
Harley's choker necklace has the word "Puddin" written on it. This is one of the many pet names she has always used when speaking to The Joker.
Jared Leto revealed in an interview, that among the infamous gifts he sent his co-stars were more appropriate items, too. "I did give some really nice, Sweet gifts as well," Leto said while promoting the film in New York City, "I gave cupcakes". But then he added with a devilish grin", "I don't think they should have eaten the cupcakes", he quipped, "I also wrote everyone a poem as well", Leto said adding, "It helped me think about who they were and kind of created this illusion of a relationship and make the circumstances a little more realistic". Leto then teased, "The funny thing about the gifts, is no one has actually talked about the craziest stuff, I did get thank you notes for some of the gifts" Leto boasted, "I'm not going to say who or what, or what specific gift was thanked, but there were a lot", "Joker likes to share his toys."
Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, and Octavia Spencer were all front runners for the role of Amanda Waller, before Davis was cast.
Including the Extended Cut, The Joker has twelve minutes of screen time, with fifty lines of dialogue.
When Harley smashes a storefront window to steal a purse, the shirts on display in the window read "SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM" which in Latin reads "If you want peace, prepare for war."
Margot Robbie celebrated her twenty-fifth birthday on the set in her Harley Quinn costume with her own birthday cake which she posted on her Instagram and Twitter account.
The scene of the Joker interrogating Captain Griggs, including the line, "I can't wait to show you my new toys", was in several trailers, but was removed from the final cut.
Troian Bellisario turned down the role of June Moone, a.k.a. Enchantress, due to scheduling conflicts with Pretty Little Liars (2010). Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Megan Fox, Ellen Page, Krysten Ritter, Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander, Shailene Woodley, Emilia Clarke, and Alexandra Daddario were all considered for the role.
In early cuts of the film, its opening detailed June Moon's posession by Enchantress in real time. Re-shoots reshuffled the scene to be later in the movie in flashback form, in favor of a new opening centered on Deadshot in the prison cell, watching the rain fall and thinking about his daughter.
In December 2015 eight months before the film's release, Ike Barinholtz (Griggs) revealed in an interview on the Howard Stern show about how Jared Leto kissed him, "It was a very fun movie to work on...he was in character the whole time at first i was like 'that's lame but then you think about it and I was like I want the Joker in character", Barinholtz was caught off-guard when Leto went off-script during their interrogation scene "I do this scene with him and he's supposed to be intimidating me" he recalled "he comes in and he starts squeezing my boobs he's all [panting and moaning] 'you're a big guy"-cause I'm 6'3, this is while were filming then he fucking grabs me and kisses me on the mouth, full kisses me cameras were rolling and none of this was in the script mind you. I thought 'okay I'm just going to go with it' but then he's like [panting and moaning again] 'Did someone piss their pants?, I'm like "now I did because you said I did!".
Cara Delevingne uses an American accent to play Dr. June Moone, but in order to play her dark side (the Enchantress), she used her natural English accent.
Mark Hamill, voice of the Joker in several cartoons, has said that he liked Jared Leto's interpretation of the character.
In a joke segment called "First Drafts" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015), one of the taglines for Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), "We had twenty years to prepare. So did they", was spoofed, saying its first draft really was: "For twenty years, Will Smith said 'NO.' So we just made it without him." Moreover, and similarly, for Smith's Suicide Squad, released in the same year, which has one tagline that states, "Worst. Heroes. Ever.", the first draft was: "The movie Will Smith did instead of Independence Day 2".
David Ayer penned an open letter in January 2017 in response to a fan's enthusiasm for the film. "I know it's a controversial film, I really tried to make something different, with a look and a voice of its own. I took inspiration from the insanity of the original comics. Making a movie is a journey, not a straight line. I learned so much. People want what they want, and everyone has a personal vision of how each character should look and walk and talk. If you set out to make a mass appeal movie, it's easy to end up with vanilla. But I went for it. And I know Squad has its flaws, Hell, the World knows it. Nothing hurts more than to pick up a newspaper and see a couple years of your blood, sweat and tears ripped to shreds. The hate game is strong out there. The movie was wildly successful commercially. And the World got introduced into some very cool characters in the DC Universe. And that success is due exactly to the wonder and power of DC, of its characters. Would I do a lot of things different? Yep, for sure. Wish I had a time machine. I'd make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it. I love making movies and I love DC. I'm a High School dropout and used to paint houses for a living. I'm lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. (And no, there isn't a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.)"
Following the success of the movie's first wide-release trailer, featuring Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, its editors Trailer Park, Inc. were invited to produce a cut of the movie. Their new music-heavy version was tested against David Ayer's own cut, although the released version of the movie incorporates ideas from both.
On July 11, 2015, the first trailer for this film was shown at Comic Con 2015. Warner Brothers did not intend the trailer to be widely seen, but later relented, and publicly released the trailer a few days later.
To prepare for his role as the Joker, Jared Leto spent countless hours meeting with longtime tenants of a psych ward, and they weren't just meet and greets, these were immersive experiences with individuals who have truly lost their marbles as Leto described them as "people who had committed horrendous crimes, people who have been institutionalized for great periods of time."
For inspiration, Jay Hernandez (El Diablo) based his performance on Raymond Cruz, who was in Training Day (2001), which was written by David Ayer.
To prepare for his role as the Joker, Jared Leto isolated himself from the rest of his castmates to get the right feel.
The first footage of the movie was shown in a teaser trailer during the Warner Brothers panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2015. The trailer was meant to be a glorified sizzle reel, essentially highlighting the different characters, and Warner Brothers had no intention of releasing it to the public. When a low quality version of the trailer, that was filmed by someone in attendence at the panel, surfaced online, Warner Brothers decided to release the high quality version to the public, making it the film's first official trailer.
The song playing in the background while Harley Quinn is dancing in the Joker's club is "Purple Lamborghini". The song is by Rick Ross and Skrillex, and is featured on the film's soundtrack. Jared Leto appears as the Joker in the song's official music video.
In response to the fake rumors about his method acting for the Joker, Jared Leto disclosed in an interview "There's so much hype and so much bullshit around that. I think it's just a fun thing to talk about and, you know, even when the movie came out there was so much misrepresentation about what went down. About the method acting crap. 90% of it wasn't even true and it just takes on a life of its own. It was an incredible experience, everyone was amazing... but everything's great in that world and I'm really proud to be a part of it."
Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) was fascinated by her character singling out her psychology and strength and describing her as a "powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will". She described Waller as "relentless in her villainy", and noted that her powers are "her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt". Davis also read M.E. Thomas' autobiography "Confessions of a Sociopath" to prepare for her role.
Despite being first and second billed, Will Smith (Deadshot) and Jared Leto (Joker) never interact, nor share screentime.
On why the Joker enjoys inflicting pain, Jared Leto stated in an interview, "I think that the Joker is inflicting upon the world the pain that has been inflicted upon him, so in a sense there's some sort of revenge there, but I think it's all a big game, I think that if there's an opportunity to manipulate or intimidate he finds that really exciting."
Shortly after arriving in Midway City, Deadshot asks for some help from Harley on an escape plan, and refers to getting some help from her "friend", the Joker. She replies with, "You're my friend, too", which may be a possible allusion to Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014), where there was a relationship between Harley and Deadshot.
In creating the look of the Joker, Jared Leto was inspired heavily by David Bowie, specifically by his "Thin White Duke" persona. He also spoke with Grant Morrison, a famed DC writer who has often written the Joker as resembling the rock star. Morrison has even given him Bowie's trademark dilated pupil.
Margot Robbie has stated that if she wasn't cast as Harley Quinn, she would like to attempt to play Amanda Waller.
The songs chosen for the trailers, Spirit in the Sky, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Ballroom Blitz, are in the Wayne's World (1992) movie soundtrack.
Deadshot's main sidearm is a heavily customized Glock 17, fitted with a compensator made by Zev, and a flared Magwell, also made by Zev, with a Trijicon RMR Red Dot sight, he also uses a custom AR-15, with a two-tone red and gold paint job, with a red painted Magpul CTR (Combat/Type Restricted) stock, and outfitted with a custom-made handguard and muzzle-break, also outfitted with a custom Platinum finish ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) with a Trijicon RMR sight (an adjustable LED model) mounted on top along with a vertical grip.
Cara Delevingne listened to rock music from Nick Cave and Megadeth to get into the right mood to play the Enchantress.
Harley Quinn's revolver is a .357 Magnum customized Chiappa "Rhino" 60DS with white grips inlaid with a gold Joker emblem and gold decoration on the barrel shroud.
Ryan Gosling, Sharlto Copley, and Matt Smith were considered for the role of the Joker.
Margot Robbie said about playing Harley Quinn, "I guess it's intimidating, because there's obviously a lot of people I want to please, and a character I have to do justice, but it's a challenge. I'm definitely up for it, and hopefully I don't disappoint." She also added, "To me, there's always two characters. There's Harleen Quinzel, and there's Harley Quinn. There are moments where Harleen takes over, and that's when she can be rational, and then Harley takes over, and that's the more erratic side."
Margot Robbie began training six months prior to shooting Suicide Squad (2016). Her training routine included gymnastics, boxing, weapons training, aerial silk training, and learning to hold her breath underwater for extended periods of time.
Margot Robbie learned how to hold her breath underwater for up to 5 minutes or longer.
Scott Eastwood's father Clint Eastwood was considered for the role of Two-Face on Batman (1966), before producers decided not to use the character.
Strangely enough, every single member of the U.S. Military in the film, appears to be a Special Operations Forces member; aside from Colonel Flag. Lieutenant Edwards' S.E.A.L.s, and the 160th SOAR helicopter crewmen, even the background "infantry" soldiers wear the insignia of either the 75th Ranger Regiment, or Special Forces.
Producer Richard Suckle described Harley Quinn as a "Fan fave, funny, crazy, scary. You can't come up with enough adjectives to describe all the different things you see her do."
Jared Leto had to prepare physically for the role of Joker, as it required a lot of working out for being in the desired shape. But the actor was so fit and in shape already that within two months, he got himself ripped and shooting started.
This film broke Batman: The Movie (1966)'s record of featuring the most villains in a Batman-related live action film.
Joker's primary handgun is a .45 ACP customized Colt Gold Cup Trophy (not the more well-known National Match) with a purple finished slide and frame with all the other parts being gold plated.
Jared Leto described his role as the Joker as nearly "Shakespearean, and a beautiful disaster of a character". About portraying the Joker, he stated, "I took a pretty deep dive, but this was a unique opportunity, and I couldn't imagine doing it another way, it was fun playing these psychological games, but at the same, it was very painful."
The fourth live-action superhero film to win an Academy Award, after Batman (1989), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and The Dark Knight (2008). Superman (1978) received a Special Achievement Academy Award.
The first DC Extended Universe film to win an Oscar. It won for Best Make-up and Hairstyle Design. Also, the first DC film to win since The Dark Knight (2008).
For inspiration as the Joker, Jared Leto revealed in an interview: "I looked at all kinds of things. I think the Joker is a cross between a snake, a hyena, maybe a gorilla in there somewhere. The fun thing about the Joker, is that he's completely insane. There are no rules. No right answer. There's a lot of freedom."
David Ayer considered giving Shia LaBeouf a part in the film, however Warner Brothers allegedly vetoed this decision, due to his reputation.
Deadshots "wrist magnums" were built from Glock 19 pistols. The props used in the film were designed and custom made by Walter Klassen FX and Movie Armaments Group (this included "design work, CAD renderings, machining, assembly, finishing and powder coating"). New CNC-machined frames were created for the the Glock 19s and the magazine release and ejection of the one mounted to Smith's right wrist were reversed so that the casings would be able to eject upwards. The blank-firing wrist guns were fully automatic, fired via a thumb trigger connected to a system involving air tubes, a pneumatic actuator, and regulated CO2 canisters hidden in the holstered Glock 18s on Smith's back. According to Walter Klassen FX employee Taku Dazai, firing them created a "rooster tail of fire" and a "huge plume of fire", plus they "sound insane". They are chambered in 9x19mm, due to the fact that they can be seen loaded with the magazines from Deadshot's Glock 18s.
Katana is never out of her costume. She is briefly seen without her mask, but for the entire movie she is wearing her superhero costume.
Margot Robbie described her character as one of the Squad's most manipulative members, and her relationship with Joker as "incredibly dysfunctional", adding that Quinn is "mad about him, like literally mad, she's crazy, but she loves him, and it's a really unhealthy dysfunctional relationship, but an addictive one."
Margot Robbie said in an interview, if she could give any advice to her character Harley, she would say, "Find your love elsewhere, look to your girl's, your girl gang, you gotta find your love in the good places. Don't look for it in the bad places."
When asked if the Joker would like Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto said: "I think the Joker would like Thirty Seconds to Mars, because he likes a little chaos, and if you've ever been to a Thirty Seconds to Mars show, it's a lot of chaos, and a lot of fun."
List of firearms, with which Deadshot is an expert: 9mm pistol, Gatling Gun, revolver, flare gun, potato cannon, machine gun, assault rifle, flamethrower, sniper rifle, anti-tank rifle, shotgun, M1 carbine, bazooka, Derringer, Uzi, grenade launcher, .44 magnum, and a musket.
Influences for the Jokers appearance include Mexican cartel bosses and the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Jay Hernandez (El Diablo) set his character apart from his teammates as he "just wants to stay out of the fight", while "most of [the Squad members] are happy to get out there and kill people".
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) described the character as "a cannibal with rage issues".
Cara Delevingne described June Moone as "an adventure-seeker who's always wanted some excitement" and Enchantress as "a feral being."
When asked in an interview if the Joker would relate to any songs, Jared Leto said "Well, a lot. I think he would love This Is War, this old song called Attack, but there's this song called End of all Days, and there's a line in that says 'I'll punish you and pleasure you with pain', and that should be a tattoo that the Joker gets next time."
Rumors that Christopher Plummer would appear in a cameo as Ra's Al Ghul turned out not to be true.
Jay Hernandez said about his character El Diablo, "He's a fighter, but he's not giving up that side of his life, because of an attempt that took place. He backed away from criminality. He backed away from aggression. He's backed away from being who he is. It's part of his superpower that he has. It ain't part of him. It's been with him since he was really young. It's like he gave up a big part of who he was, and later rediscovers it to be okay with accessing that side of him."
As the movie was made by comic fans, it's full with Easter eggs considering other comic movies. For example, when Harley Quinn is robbing a purse she destroys a showcase and the logo of the Watchmen can be seen in the background.
David Ayer and Jared Leto used the drug lords of Instagram as a foundation for the Joker, Ayer said: "a lot of it has to do with creating a character with some kind of history, and history in our world".
Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) said about his character, "He is an absolute bogan in the purest sense. David Ayers' first instruction to me was, 'find your inner shitbag'".
The restaurant Amanda Waller enters in the beginning of the film, The Cicada, is a real restaurant. However, The Cicada is not located in Washington, D.C., it is located in Los Angeles, and the Washington, D.C. decal underneath the logo, on the windows, were added for production.
David Ayer nicknamed Jared Leto's version of the Joker "Smiley", which was also the name of a character in Training Day (2001), for which Ayer wrote the screenplay.
Cara Delevingne admits to not having read any Enchantress comics prior to accepting the role or during production of the film.
Harley's revolver, a Chiappa Rhino, fires from the bottom of the cylinder as opposed to nearly all other revolvers which fire from the top. This design is meant to dramatically reduce recoil and enhance accuracy.
Early on in production, Scott Eastwood and Common were widely believed to be playing Jason Todd and The Tattooed Man respectively. Both of these rumors turned out to be false.
David Ayer considered casting Freddy Rodríguez as Chato Santana, a.k.a. El Diablo before deciding on Jay Hernandez.
Jake Gyllenhaal was offered the role of Rick Flagg, but turned it down. His sister Maggie Gyllenhaal was in The Dark Knight (2008) as Rachel Dawes.
According to the veteran-owned website SOFREP.com Facebook page, many U.S. Special Operations Forces veterans were technical advisers for the film, and at least one, Kevin Vance, played a Navy S.E.A.L. on-screen. Vance is credited as "Ski", and can be distinguished from the other S.E.A.L.s, as he is bald.
Jared Leto said about his role of the Joker, "The Joker is someone who gets an extreme reward from the act of violence and manipulation".
David Ayer explained on why he gave the Joker tattoos, and the grill in his teeth, was to show him as being "Damaged".
Karen Fukuhara's height is 5'2". When Harley Quinn is describing Katana's appearance, she says her height is 5'5".
A Nimitz-class aircraft carrier appears in the film. Based on her antenna configuration and the appearance of her 'island' superstructure, the depicted aircraft carrier is the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).
Like the previous DC Universe movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad features a quote from Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita: Joker refers to Harley as "fire in my loins".
Jared Leto explained that the Joker's tattoos gave him a "modern-day gangster look".
Ben Affleck and Will Smith appeared in Jersey Girl (2004). That film was directed by Kevin Smith, and has several Batman references. Kevin Smith received the bat that Margot Robbie wielded in the film after hosting Dawn of the Justice League (2016) , which he gifted to his daughter Harley Quinn Smith.
Deadshot's costumes and weapons have written on them the phrase, "I am the Light, the Way", a reference to Jesus Christ. Will Smith starred as Robert Neville in I Am Legend (2007), and that character also has many references to Jesus Christ.
The name "Harley Quinn" is a phonetically and linguistically corruption of the English term "Harlequin" (based on the Italian name Arlecchino), as the character is being depicted in the DC's Graphic novels, the official movie novelizations and the movies. Even in the French pronunciation of the French word "harlekin" one can pick out the sound of the character's name.
Jared Leto is the third actor appearing as the Joker who has won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (he was awarded in 2014). Jack Nicholson who portrayed the Joker in Batman (1989) won in the year 1984. Heath Ledger who portrayed the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) won posthumously in 2009.
Jared Leto commented that he senses "Joker may be much older than people think"--and read literature on shamanism".
Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) revealed in an interview that she agreed to join the film because of her love of director David Ayer's End Of Watch (2012).
Because of her taking circus lessons and receiving a trapeze certificate at eight years old in Australia, Margot Robbie used those lessons for her role as Harley Quinn.
In a recent interview, Margot Robbie revealed that she received multiple death threats for taking on the role of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. The actress wishes that somebody would have taken her aside to clue her in on the risks of taking on such a massive role. Robbie had to learn as she navigated her new-found success, which includes learning the price of a background check for a person that just threatened her life. She had this to say. "You're about to be in a comic book film; now here's the worst-case scenario of how big and scary it can get. There's just all this stuff you learn along the way, like, when you get those death threats, it's (smart) to have a security team do a background check on whoever sent them to see if there is any past history of violence because you'll need to know whether you need security to go to certain events. And every time you do a background check, it's going to cost $2,000, so take that into consideration when you're getting yourself into this ,and it's like, 'OK, that's a different kind of career.' Because then you need to always do a job that can financially support that lifestyle. You can't just do indie films for the rest of your life because that film back there changed everything and now you have to be able to afford security. I just wish someone had explained a lot of those things to me early on. I wouldn't have resented the position I found myself in because I would've known what I was getting myself into."
Jai Courtney was rumored to be in talks for Deadshot, before being cast as Captain Boomerang.
In the Blitz trailer for Suicide Squad, two songs are playing: "You Don't Own Me" by Grace and "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet. The latter starting exactly halfway through the trailer.
Second consecutive film starring Jared Leto to win the Oscar for Best Make-up and Hairstyling.
Raymond Olubawale was initially reported to have been cast as Nanue, a.k.a. King Shark, although he does not appear in the final cut.
Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith stars in the DC television show Gotham (2014).
On the back of Harley Quinn's jacket, it says "Property of the Joker", indicating that the Joker owns her.
This film has made movie history as the seventy feature film to be nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Raspberry Award.
This movie is the first superhero film since The Dark Knight (2008) to win an Academy Award.
David Ayer reflected on how the aftermath of his film affected his approach in directing Netflix's Bright (2017) "It was shit. Yeah, it was shit reviews. I got my throat cut," Ayer said of Suicide Squad. Critics called the work "unexciting," "predictable," "mind-boggling stupid," and a film "beholden to the corporate vision of other recent DC adaptations." "It was a super polarizing movie. Incredibly polarizing," Ayer added. The director went on to explain how the response made him "gun shy" when going to work on Bright. "It's like going to the boxing ring and getting knocked out is how it felt. And I had to go into the ring again. And directing is a confidence game, because you're selling everyone on something that only exists in your head," he said. "The actors have to feel that confidence to trust that you know what you're doing, and so does your crew. As a director, you set the tone. Really, it's coming off that movie, I understood the pitfalls, I understood the dangers, I knew where the alligators hide, you know? And so I made damn sure I didn't repeat any mistakes." however, history is repeating itself as Bright was described as a "plenty embarrassing" "genre disaster" by critics as the film debuted on Netflix this week.
When asked what was the problem that caused the movie to have a poor reception and lukewarm reviews to critics and fans Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) stated in an interview to Yahoo Movies: "In the third act. It was a great setup, great characters. I think that if, when we do a second one, I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of a grounded version of the film. I think the characters are so extreme, so I think it would be more effective if we're seeing them [around] maybe less sorcery. Because I think the characters become more extreme if you see them in conjunction with more real people".
When the personal files of each squad member are being shown, George Harkness, a.k.a. Captain Boomerang, has listed under his interests: pink unicorns. Later, when the squad arrives in Louisiana, a pile of weapons and items are on the tarmac. A brief scene shows Harkness coming across a small stuffed pink unicorn. In a moment of decisive urgency, he quickly shoves the unicorn into his jacket, and continues rummaging through the pile.
Despite reports that Ike Barinholtz' character would be the main villain, this was far from true.
The blue-black camouflage pattern used by the U.S. Navy S.E.A.L.s in the film, is a combination of several patterns, including the Desert Storm-era "chocolate chip" desert pattern, the new U.S. Army standard Multicam, a.k.a. Operational Camouflage Pattern, a U.S. Marine "Urban-T" pattern from 1999, "Flecktarn", and the French "Lizard" pattern, known overall as "Bravoflauge".
Deadshot, a hired assassin, is featured as an adversary of Batman (Ben Affleck). Bullseye, a similar assassin from Marvel Comics, was featured as the antagonist in Daredevil (2003) which featured Affleck in the title role.
Focus (2015), starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, used "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones as a key part of the large con at the football game. Sympathy for the Devil plays in this film, immediately after introducing Smith as Deadshot and Robbie as Harley Quinn.
Even though Jared Leto was told to shave his whole body, he is only shot from the waist up, in scenes where he is shirtless or his shirt is open, compared to Dallas Buyers Club (2013), where all parts of his body are showing.
In the club scene with The Joker, we see he has tattoos, but, in fact, Jared Leto has eight real tattoos. He has arrows pointing upward on the back of each leg , he has two triangles on each of the back of his elbows, he has a giant Orbis epsilon on his back, he has on his right collarbone, the saying "Provitio In Altum", which means "launch forth into the deep"; one on his inner wrist, and the last one on his inner arm, which of all represent personal meanings and sayings to his band. When Jared puts his arm up in the club scene, we see his elbow with his real triangular tattoo for a split second. David Ayers, however, did not catch this.
The film's cast includes four Oscar winners: Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor, Dallas Buyers Club (2013)), Ben Affleck (Best Original Screenplay, Good Will Hunting (1997)), Common (Best Original Song, "Glory" from Selma (2014)), and Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress, Fences (2016)); and two Oscar nominees: Will Smith (Best Actor, Ali (2001) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)) and Margot Robbie (Best Actress, I, Tonya (2017))
Jai Courtney's co-cast member in Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), Nick E. Tarabay, plays George "Digger" Harkness, a.k.a. Captain Boomerang, in the CW series Arrow (2012).
Harley Quinn's damaged red, white, and blue shirt has "Daddy's Lil' Monster" emblazoned on it.
Karen Fukuhara revealed in an interview during filming about interacting with Jared Leto (Joker) in between takes, "every time I saw him on set he introduced himself as the Joker! I would try to say hi to him as Karen, and he would come at me with full Joker. Haha, it gets weird every time".
Karen Fukuhara (Katana) revealed for her audition "I remember the room wasn't very big, and they had big photo lights on either side of me. During my sword-fighting portion of the audition, I tried to calculate my arm's length and the sword's length so I wouldn't hit those things. But it was cutting it really close, and when you're in the zone, you can't really be careful because you're going all out. I hit one of the lights, and I remember hearing the casting director and David gasp. But I just kept going with it, and I think that's what David liked, that I didn't stop in the middle."
Interacting with a fan on Twitter , David Ayer expressed regret about not making the Joker a main villain in the movie. "Yeah it was a big fun silly movie. It could have been a bigger success had I done it a little different. But it did great and made an impression, believe me it's agonizing but yes The Joker should have been the main villain".
Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) regretted getting his SKWAD tattoo by Will Smith he stated to Watch What Happens Live, that his tattoo artist wife Cleo Wattenström would have done a much better job. "That was a horrible idea," he admitted, via MTV. "You know, don't let a 47-year-old man without his reading glasses tattoo you. That is the life lesson. Especially when you have a very talented wife. It's supposed to be a sh**ty tattoo, so that's what it is."
Killer Croc's dossier states that he stands over 7 feet tall, but throughout the movie he is shown to be near the same height as everyone else, as Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje height is actually 6'2.
In an interview many years ago, Jared Leto was being interviewed about his band, and was asked by the interviewer, "If you could play either Batman, or Christian Grey of Fifty Shades of Grey, which one would you choose?" He said, *Batman of course." However, he ended up playing The Joker. The interview was called "Would You Rather? with Jared Leto".
Jared Leto and Jack Nicholson have played The Joker. Years ago, Leto also made a reference to what was arguably Nicholson's most famous role as Jack Torrance, in The Shining (1980). It was in the music video for Thirty Seconds to Mars' song "The Kill", where Leto was seen throwing a ball violently at a wall in a hotel.
Ryan Gosling, who was the first choice to play The Joker, later starred with Jared Leto, who was eventually cast, in Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
Jai Courtney's ex-girlfriend Gemma Pranita, is a former co-star on Neighbours (1985), and is close to Margot Robbie.
David Ayer stated in an interview the story behind Captain Boomerangs fetish for pink unicorn he revealed that the unicorn plushie was originally a set decoration piece in the John F. Ostrander Federal Building. "[Pinky] was actually intended to be a piece of set decoration in one of our office building sets," he said. "I thought [Boomerang] needed a little something kind of fun and silly and it kept appearing throughout the film. It became a bit of a mascot," Ayer then explained, telling fans the unicorn was meant to represent all things George "Digger" Harkness. The villain was particularly fond of the stuffed animal, enough so for him to even take Pinky into battle and beyond. And, what's more, Ayer went on to confirm one of his fans' biggest suspicions about Captain Boomerang: The guy is a total Brony. "Yes, [he's a] Brony," the director confessed. "Which is fine. I think it's a good thing and gives him a little hobby besides robbing banks."
The cast includes two Oscar winners; Viola Davis and Jared Leto, and two Oscar nominees; Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
Tom Hardy was originally going to play Rick Flag but ultimately had to turn down the role due to scheduling issues with the filming of the 2015 movie called The Revenant. Tom Hardy says that he was disappointed he couldn't have been involved with the movie but he will most likely join the DCEU at some point due to his interest in DC.