The latest issue of Empire Magazine is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Suicide Squad. Today, we get two more alternate covers, one featuring Will Smith as Deadshot. The other bringing Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn to life in vivid color. These follow the first two covers, which showed two different versions of Jared Leto's The Joker. And yesterday we got to see the wicked Cara Delevingne as Enchantress.
There has been so much stuff pouring out of this upcoming issue of Empire Magazine that some have even dubbed it the unofficial Suicide Squad week. Also included in the magazine are plenty of never-before-seen character photos and a ton of quotes from the cast and the filmmakers behind this DC Comics adventure that centers on a group of super villains brought together for an impossible mission.
Empire Magazine spoke to director David Ayer, who offered some new insight into the intense relationship between Jared Leto's Joker and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. While production was under way, we saw set photos where Joker slaps Harley, while other images showed her happily riding along in his souped-up sports car. The director says that her story centers on "breaking free" from The Joker.
"It's about her breaking free of The Joker and becoming this fully actualized, independent person. That really is a metaphor for everyone's journey here."
While Harley is trying to distance herself from The Joker, it seems that Will Smith's Deadshot is "eyeballing" her as well. We haven't really seen them interact in the trailer, but there were set photos that revealed Deadshot carrying Harley, although there didn't seem to be anything particularly romantic about it. Then again, Harley and Deadshot were romantically involved in the New 52 comics. Here's what Will Smith had to say about his potential romance with Harley Quinn, while teasing the opening of the movie, which essentially confirms previous rumors
"Harley is the biggest troublemaker, but Deadshot's actually eyeballing her a little bit. There's a pretty ragged romantic triangle there. As the movie opens, he has a really big career score. He's looking to turn over a new leaf with his daughter after the hit, but it goes wrong. It goes terribly, terribly wrong. And it lands him in Belle Reve for life."
Written and directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad also stars Jai Courtney, Scott Eastwood, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. This super-villain ensemble will hit theaters August 5, 2016, just a few months after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in March. Take a look at the Empire Magazine covers below along with the rest of the photos that have been released thus far. And stay tuned for more on Suicide Squad.