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  • Ability over Appearance:
    • Amanda Waller is normally portrayed as a Big Beautiful Woman. Here she is played by the comparatively more svelte Viola Davis, who manages to have the same commanding presence she has in the comics.
    • Then of course there's Will Smith as Deadshot. In comics and all other media, Deadshot is a white guy. Of course, him being Will Smith, he's got the star power and talent to make up for any comic-accurate discrepancies.
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  • Acting in the Dark: Jai Courtney said he was surprised by Flash's cameo in the film, as it was not in the script. He assumed he was being taken in by a SWAT team or Flagg himself. He did say it makes perfect sense in hindsight. It's also been said that adding Flash was part of the reshoots, as they had the actor with his costume all ready for Justice League (2017). Zack Snyder indeed filmed Ezra Miller separately on the Justice League set.
  • All-Star Cast: The cast is made up of both very well-known actors and actresses (Will Smith, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis) and up-and-coming stars (Cara Delevigne, Margot Robbie, and Joel Kinnaman).
  • Approval of God: Harley's creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm approve of Harley's costume for the movie. Furthermore, Paul Dini was pretty pleased with Margot Robbie's portrayal of Harley, stating that she "nailed it."
    • Ostrander raves over Viola Davis' performance of Waller, and also spoke favorably of then-contentious picks of Will Smith and Jai Courtney.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
    • Jai Courtney, who admits he really doesn't have an interest in doing comic book or superhero movies, signed on almost immediately just so he could work with director David Ayer.
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    • Jared Leto jumped at the opportunity to play the Joker, noting that he loved the opportunity to get to play a character so evil.
    • Will Smith chose to play Deadshot in this movie rather than reprise his Star-Making Role in Independence Day: Resurgence because not only did he want something new, but also because he "never played a character that legitimately didn't give a fuck". Also Batman.
    • Margot Robbie has also been vocal about how much she loved playing Harley Quinn. This despite how hard it was to perform the entire movie in stilettos.
  • Banned in China: Thanks to its dark subject matter.
  • Billing Displacement: For his role as the Joker, Jared Leto is billed second, but has little involvement in the main story of the film and only appears on-screen for about seven minutes. Also, Karen Fukuhara, who is making her film debut, does not get her name on the poster or by herself in the end credits, appearing after the rapper Common who gets its own solo credit and flashy background despite only having less than two minutes of screen time.
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  • California Doubling: This time around, Toronto was standing in for Gotham and Midway City.
  • Cast the Runner-Up:
    • Jai Courtney was rumored to have originally been cast as Deadshot, while Smith was said to have originally been chosen to portray Captain Boomerang. Both actors are in the movie, but their parts were flipped around. This makes sense as Boomerang is Australian, as is Courtney, while Deadshot became a larger role which is more fitting for a leading man like Smith.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Jared Leto was upset about how little he appeared in the film, having done quite a few more scenes that ended up being cut. During an IGN interview he asked if he was still in the movie at all. In spite of this, Leto appears to be willing to come back to the role, and even said that a lot of the "Method Acting horror stories" were exaggerated and he loved working on the project.
    • Minor one, but David Ayer has said that in hindsight, he should've gone with the Joker as the main antagonist, as Enchantress and her magical Mooks turned out to be a bad tonal fit for the Squad. While promoting Bright at San Diego Comic-Con the following year, he also made some thinly-veiled comments that seemed to suggest that he was unhappy with Suicide Squad's PG-13 rating, as well as WB's Executive Meddling. In a much later Twitter conversation, he also admitted that the Joker's much mocked "Damaged" tattoo was not a good idea, saying "It was one step too far."
    • Producer Jon Berg, who joined the DCEU after the film, said that Suicide Squad was a disappointment narratively, and that while the characters were handled well, the story and writing let them down.
    • Joel Kinnaman later said in an interview that while he thought the characters and interactions were great, the movie went off the rails during the third act. Like Ayer, he also stated that the Squad should've faced a more grounded threat instead of magic and monsters.
  • Doing It for the Art: Jared Leto typically operates on Method Acting, and his role as the Joker is not an exception—cast members have said that he absolutely did not break character on or off the set. A notable incident that occurred when he was is when he sent "gifts" to the cast members while acting in-character: he sent bullets to Will Smith (Deadshot) and a box containing a love letter and a live rat to Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Margot Robbie had to practice gymnastics and shooting firearms (and acknowledged she "didn't have the physical strength to allow myself to do those things, even the gun training."), endured a three hour makeup process that made her skin white and covered in tattoos, and an impractical Stripperiffic outfit with stiletto gym shoes. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje went through a five hour makeup process (and if that wasn't hot enough, in many scenes he's under layers of clothing). Jared Leto cuts his hair and dyed it green, shaved his beard and eyebrows, and worked out a lot. All this makes Will Smith shaving his head and growing a beard look tame in comparison.
  • Early Draft Tie-In: The novelization features several cut scenes and plot points.
  • Enforced Method Acting: David Ayer worked extensively with the actors to get them into the right frame of mind for their performance. Cara Delevingne described her audition process as being unexpectedly grueling (Reading the part of Martha from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and being asked to play it several ways), and even before getting the role she felt like killing someone. Viola Davis said Ayer would give her different dialogue to say to the castmates, often with harsh language, so their response to her carried the right sense of apprehension.
  • Executive Meddling: Depending on just how many of the rumors, if any, are true, the theatrical version of the film is a victim of this apparently, with David Ayer's vision not quite matching that of WB's executives, who wanted the film's tone to match that of the trailers. Read more here.
  • Fake American: The actors of Harley Quinnnote , Rick Flagnote , Killer Crocnote , Slipknotnote , and Enchantressnote .
  • Fake Nationality: Downplayed with Katana. She's Japanese by both ethnicity and nationality, who is played by Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara. Still, it's refreshing to see an Asian character played by an Asian of the correct ethnicity, as opposed to the usual in Hollywood.
  • Follow the Leader: Made after the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, also about a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who are lesser-known comic characters, and has had similar marketing right down to the 1970s pop hits in the trailers.
  • I Knew It!: Slipknot dying early on was expected from the very moment the first trailer aired, since very little footage of him was shown and was repeated for every other trailer. Even before the first trailer, it was believed he would be the first to die due to being a barely used, barely remembered gimmick villain in the comics, compared to everyone else having more use and exposure. Not to mention, he already had precedent for trying to escape and learning the hard way the bombs are real in the source material, too.
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  • Jossed:
    • It was announced shortly after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was critically panned that Suicide Squad would be getting some last-minute reshoots, with a widely reported rumour being that the studio was going to shoehorn some jokes into certain scenes because all the funny stuff was in the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer. Then the third trailer, mostly composed of all-new footage, came out just a few days after the rumor broke and it had more funny bits. David Ayer has confirmed in his twitter that the rumor that they were reshooting to add more humor is a lie, and instead they're adding more action. The reshoots are also attributed to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) being absent for some scenes during the main shoot due to scheduling conflicts. In fact, many of the trailers' funny bits were taken out of the final film.
    • Ayer also shot down the theories that Joker is actually Jason Todd.
    • The theories over just who Scott Eastwood was playing ran from Tom "Nemesis" Tresser to Nightwing in disguise. Turns out he is... a completely original character.
    • It was rumored that Enchantress's host would undergo Adaptation Name Change and be named "Julie Moone" as opposed to the comics June Moone. This was confirmed to be false with the movie itself having her called June Moone.
    • There were also rumors that Amanda Waller would be the film's true main antagonist. While she is definitely a pivotal villain (although she works for the good guys) in the film, and maybe enough to be called it's Greater-Scope Villain, the role of Big Bad goes to Enchantress.
  • Lying Creator:
    • People involved with this film announced the villain of the movie would be a new character called "The Adversary". No such character exists and the Big Bad ended up being Enchantress, as many speculated.
    • Some people involved in the production claimed that the reshoots were not a sign of Executive Meddling or trouble behind the scenes. Assumming the article in the Troubled Production section is correct, The Hollywood Reporter later published a piece which revealed that was what happened after all.
  • Method Acting: Jared Leto made some headlines for how dedicated he was for his performance as The Joker. He never broke character on set and sent gifts to his cast mates in character, including a live rat to Margo Robbie. Scott Eastwood noted that he was scared of Leto in spite of being good friends with him in real life. Will Smith said that despite talking with and acting next to him he never felt like he actually met Leto until after filming was over.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Many of the taunting or comedic moments are absent from the final cut, no doubt due to the various reshoots and Executive Meddling. For the specifics:
    • The scenes of the Joker in his tux dropping a bomb with a "bye-bye!"
    • The scene of the Squad in a bar and El Diablo asking for just water. Pleasantly, this was restored for the extended cut.
    • Deadshot saying "Let's go save the world."
    • Even the Joker's "I can't wait to show you my toys."
    • El Diablo in a cell, rather than a tank.
  • Name's the Same: Marvel also has a villain named the Enchantress, who is associated with Thor.
  • No Stunt Double: Margot Robbie did Harley Quinn's elevator fight scene herself, amazing the rest of the cast and crew as she did it in heels and did not require wires or other special effects to perform Harley's agility.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • A given for most of the cast. But Will Smith said that even he, an A-list actor with dozens of big blockbuster movies in his resume, geeked out when the Batmobile showed up.
    • Will Smith also said he looked forward to providing the definitive take on Deadshot.
  • Prop Recycling: Joker has Liberace's Ak from End of Watch.
  • Role Reprise:
  • Star-Making Role: Sort of. Margot Robbie first gained international attention with The Wolf of Wall Street but this is widely considered to be the film that truly made her a superstar, with Wolf essentially becoming to her was Brokeback Mountain was to Heath Ledger after The Dark Knight came out.
  • Too Soon: Averted with Joker's return to the big screen—eight years was a long enough time to pay respect to Heath Ledger before giving the character a new live-action actor. Though Leto himself put the focus squarely back on this aspect when he complained about several of his scenes being cut which will probably only be seen after his death, calling it "the one good part of an actor dying." Many fans took offense to this considering Ledger actually did die shortly after playing the role.
  • Troubled Production: The writing process for the film was very rushed, with writer-director David Ayer (Fury (2014), End of Watch) completing the screenplay in just six weeks.note  The backlash against Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice then rattled the executives at Warner Bros., who were now worried that Suicide Squad would meet with a similar response due to not reflecting the "fun and edgy" feel of the trailers. They hired Trailer Park, the company behind the teaser, to edit an alternate cut of the film. Warner Bros.' more lighthearted cut was screened for test audiences alongside Ayer's Darker and Edgier and more somber cut, which led to the studio deciding to do extensive and costly re-shoots to try and meet a middle ground between the two takes. It's believed that the decision to essentially merge the two conflicting versions of the film is to blame for the movie's Mood Whiplash, among other criticisms such as choppy editing and lack of character development for the titular squad. Rumor has it that the Joker/Harley relationship in particular was signifcantly made more sympathetic due to poor reactions from test screenings. Further elaborated on here.
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Word of God: According to David Ayer Captain Boomerang is a brony.
  • You Look Familiar: Only in a technicality, since he is not actually seen either time. Robin Atkin Downes did vocal effects and motion capture for Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In this film he plays one of Deadshot's clients Angelo who he is conversing with over the phone.

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