The Suicide Squad: James Gunn Got Every Character He Asked For

The motley crew that makes up The Suicide Squad was hand-picked by director James Gunn.


James Gunn turned Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy from a niche superhero team into one of the most-successful film properties in histroy. That seems to have given him some cachet with Warner Bros., because Gunn says he had his pick of the litter when writing Suicide Squad. Every character we wanted in the movie was approved.

Gunn took to Twitter on April 1st to tweet out the upcoming film's theatrical trailer, noting that "the only joke here is on the supervillains who agreed to work for Amanda Waller." Alongside the tweet, Gunn answered a bunch of fan questions. One of the most interesting concerns who he was able to include in the movie. Warner Bros. has typically been a picky about how much freedom creators can take with characters, particularly on the television side. For Gunn, though, that wasn't a problem.

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"Was there any DC characters they wouldn't let you have?" asked one fan.

"No. I got every character I asked for," Gunn replied, "even though they sometimes were like WTF?"

While The Suicide Squad will be the doomed team's second cinematic outing, this one looks to be a few steps weirder. Most of the characters in the original you could almost take seriously. This one features Polka-Dot Man and King Shark, who are exactly what they sound like.

Gunn answered other questions, too. When asked why King Shark wears clothes but Weasel doesn't, Gunn replied with a question of his own: "Have you ever tried to put clothes on your cat?"

He also re-emphaized that knowledge of that first film is not necessary to understand or enjoy The Suicide Squad. He also noted that the entirety of The Suicide Squad was shot in IMAX with IMAX cameras, making that the best way to see the movie in his opinion.

If you haven't seen the latest trailer for The Suicide Squad, you can see the first "red band" trailer here, or check out that theatrical trailer, which has some new footage not seen in the first one. Make sure to check out our breakdown of that first trailer to catch every single detail. If you haven't read up on the John Cena spin-off show, Peacemaker, Gunn is already working on it. Gunn has taken to Twitter a few times to talk about the film and share his thoughts on it. Oh, and yes, your favorite character could very well die--even if it's Harley herself.

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