Charles Roven Talks New ‘Suicide Squad’ Trailer, Jared Leto’s Joker & More

DC Extended Universe producer Charles Roven opened up about the latest Suicide Squad trailer and Jared Leto's take on The Joker.

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During their presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. unleashed the second trailer for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the first bit of footage from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in the form of a sizzle reel. Although the former was officially released right after it screened in Hall H, the latter leaked, and was then eventually released to the public. While fans were recently treated with the first official images from the film, many have been wondering when we’ll see another trailer. Speaking with Collider, producer Charles Roven, who is part of the DC Extended Universe creative team, revealed that we won’t receive another trailer until the first quarter of next year. Fortunately, we’ll probably get another trailer for Batman v Superman by the end of the year, but it’s still sad to hear that we won’t get another look at Suicide Squad until next year at the earliest.

One of the many reasons why fans are eagerly anticipating for the release for Suicide Squad is Jared Leto’s iteration of The Joker. The Academy Award winner is known to be a method actor, which means that he would go to extreme lengths to ensure that he would deliver a great performance. We’ve previously heard stories about the actor giving very weird gifts to his co-stars, such as rats, as well as stories about him being in character during the entire filming process, which lasted about four months. Roven confirmed those stories, and also talked about how fun and “different” it was to work with Leto on this one.

“Look, you know, it was different, it was fun. The group first wasn’t sure because the AD’s had to call him ‘Mr. J’ to get him to come to the set [laughs]. And he did in many ways isolate himself from the rest of the group, but that’s really what his character was, the purpose of his character in many ways, other than when he was with Harley or trying to get Harley. It was very entertaining, it was fuel for a lot of good sport and a lot of laughs, and his isolation bonded the squad, and we wanted the squad bonded.”

During Empire’s Suicide Squad coverage last month, it was revealed that the idea to make the movie came from director David Ayer himself, after he he met with Warner Bros. to pitch his concept for the movie. According to Charles Roven, the project was pretty much greenlit during Ayer’s meeting with the higher-ups, something which should give fans a lot of hope about the quality of the movie. It obviously takes one hell of a script to get stars such as Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis to sign a long-term contract, which is something that the producer also addressed.

“He had a close relationship with [Warner Bros. executive] Greg Silverman and Greg said, ‘He’s got an idea on Suicide Squad, he wants to come in and pitch it.’ Having a guy like that who’s been able to—all of his films have had a certain level of groundedness to them, really feeling very richly real. And so having that sensibility, which is along the lines of what we were talking about earlier how we like to have things grounded in science or whatever, I was very anxious to hear what his take was gonna be on Suicide Squad and I was very happily surprised, but it was right exactly in the pocket that we were looking for. Honestly that movie was essentially greenlit in the pitch meeting.

Surprisingly, one of the things that is a natural benefit of having a writer-director is that when you meet with him, if he’s trying to meet with an actor and explain to them what the role’s gonna be, there’s a lot of confidence that the actor has that the man who’s telling him what’s it’s gonna be is gonna deliver because he’s both the writer and the director. So David was very fresh off the heels of a movie that he could show called Fury, which was a fabulous picture, and he was able to talk about these really—as he says ‘it can be fun to be bad’ and ‘just because they’re bad doesn’t mean they’re evil’, and so he was able to convince all of the actors that we went out to that he was gonna be able to make these characters so compelling that they would wanna be played more than once by these actors.”

Suicide Squad focuses on a group of bad people and the things they’ve done to become some of our favorite characters over the years, so naturally, it’s pretty easy to dive into some R-rated material with this film. Obviously, Warner Bros wouldn’t be fond of R-rating following their abysmal year at the box office, so they’re aiming for a consistent PG-13 rating for all the DC Extended Universe films, but there’s always a chance that they might explore elements that would need an R-rating at some point. Here’s what the producer had to about that:

“The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13… We really want to make these films tonally consistent so that, as I said because this is a shared universe, at least our current thinking—and again, we’re not dealing in absolutes because while this is business it’s also a creative endeavor, so you want to leave yourself open to changing your mind, doing something different, being inspired, that’s the whole process of filmmaking is you have to allow for inspiration as well as having a road map for what you’re gonna do. So our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13.”

Lastly, Charles Roven talked about what he thinks will surprise people the most when they will finally get to see the film next year, to which he responded the character-arcs, which is surprising considering the amount of characters that are set to appear in the movie, but with a character-driven writer like Ayer, fans should keep their hopes up for an amazing story and some satisfying arcs for the each member of the squad.

“There’s a lot of characters in Suicide Squad, and I think you’ll be engaged with them. They all have fabulously different arcs, they’re all very individualistic, and I think that also they’re very, very human in their own dysfunctional ways. And I think that the personal individuals stories and how they relate to each other will be surprising.”

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 6, 2016.

SOURCE: Collider

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.