Now that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has hit theaters, the next DC Comics movie to debut will be Suicide Squad, arriving this summer. Much like Batman v Superman, which made history by bringing Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) together on the big screen for the first time, Suicide Squad will mark the first silver screen appearance for a number of villains, including Will Smith's Deadshot. As it turns out, the fact that this character hadn't been seen on the big screen before is one of the main reasons he signed for Suicide Squad.
Will Smith is no stranger to comic book fare, starring in the Men in Black franchise which was based on an obscure comic, and he also played an incredibly unconventional superhero in the 2008 movie Hancock. During an interview with ComingSoon.net, the actor revealed that he helped design Deadshot for Suicide Squad. Here's what he had to say.
"It's a character that hasn't really been explored in cinema. I get to design it and be a part of creating the first round of Deadshot in the history of cinema. It's a really great opportunity to work with a really great ensemble. It was perfectly cast. It's an insane group of super villain actors."
Suicide Squad marks Will Smith's first time working with director David Ayer, but it didn't take long for the actor to find his second project with the filmmaker. Last month, Netflix put up $90 million to finance the crime fantasy thriller Bright, which has Will Smith set to star and David Ayer set to direct from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). When asked what makes working with the filmmaker so special, the actor had this to say.
"It's David Ayer's tonal quality. It's how he thinks and how he moves and how he sees the world. These kinds of movies are a different breed. The huge, gigantic tentpoles that are designed to be global behemoths. I wanted to do something like that with David Ayer, who is a director that cares only about character. Every single aspect and detail of the character playing into that gigantic box for me is what makes this one really special."
We reported last month that Warner Bros. wants Will Smith and director David Ayer to reunite for Suicide Squad 2, which the studio eyeing a 2017 start date. Those plans haven't been confirmed yet, and the sequel may not be officially announced until after Suicide Squad hits theaters this August. Still, if it's a hit, we'll most likely get an official announcement about Suicide Squad 2 shortly after the theatrical release.