James Gunn opened up about which character died in The Suicide Squad’s original and darker ending.
Spoilers ahead for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
It would be a massive understatement to say that James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is a peachy walk through the park, so it’s hard to imagine the crude superhero film being even darker. Despite how violent and gory Gunn’s latest was, the director revealed in a recent interview with Variety that the film originally had a much darker ending when he pitched the Task Force X project to Warner Bros. The biggest change the original ending had? A fan-favorite character would have died.
The topic of a darker ending sprang up when the outlet asked the director if he ever considered killing the film’s main and most marketable players: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Idris Elba’s Bloodsport. The director confirmed that he had no plans to off the duo, but his darker, original ending for The Suicide Squad saw Ratcatcher 2 die.
“No, that never happened But there was a change. The original ending that I pitched, one main character died and one main character did not die. And the main character who died was was Ratcatcher 2. She was so sweet, I just felt like it was just too dark. Not that we don’t love Polka Dot Man. We do. I just couldn’t [kill Ratcatcher 2]. So I relented.”
Ratcatcher 2 has quickly become a fan-favorite, with many critics labeling her as the heart and soul of James Gunn’s latest. It certainly would have been devastating to see her die, especially after how she and her rats are partially responsible for defeating Starro.
Here is the synopsis for The Suicide Squad:
Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Flula Borg, Mayling Ng, Tinashe Kajese, Steve Agee, Jennifer Holland, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Storm Reid and Taika Waititi.
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