Slipknot’s Backstory Was Cut From ‘Suicide Squad’


Oh Slipknot, we hardly knew thee. Much ado has been made about Adam Beach’s limited character in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad since the film’s release, but with so little time spent with the character on-screen, many have wondered what was planned for the character before his role got significantly edited down. When speaking with the fine folks over at The Empire Film Podcast, however, Ayer shed some light on Slipknot’s origin story. Naturally, expect Suicide Squad spoilers from this point forward.

Slipknot is one of the few characters in the film without a proper introduction. According to Ayer, that wasn’t always the case. He apparently shot some additional material with the character, which included an introduction sequence, but that ultimately got left on the cutting room floor in favor of economical storytelling. Listen to the podcast, or read the transcript of his exact thoughts.

Here’s the transcript.

Yeah we shot one, but after a point it became overloaded, ya know, so you have to cull and pick and choose your battles, and Slipknot gets his head blown off pretty quick, so ya know, I made a commitment early on not to try and create some kind of misdirect because when you have that many characters every frame of real estate is priceless, and I didn’t want to invest in that real estate to create some misdirect because after opening night everyone knows he dies anyway.

You can listen to the entire podcast interview below.

Source: Empire Film Podcast (via

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    I personally have no problems with his story being cut, since he was never gonna be a prominent character in the film in the first place.

    Even in the comics, he suffered basically the same fate.

    • Matches Malone

      I agree. The only caveat I would put on that is that I read somewhere that Adam Beach allegedly stated that Wonder Woman had captured Slipknot in his origin during an interview. If that is the case and the filmed piece featured that, ala the Flash cameo, I would’ve been all for seeing it.

      • SAMURAI36

        Excellent point. I doubt that was in the film, though, otherwise I doubt it would have been cut from the film.

  • Hinscher

    Normally I would agree, but with how they did the backstories as like a 2 minute music video, it really seems like they could have added two minutes to the story and give him his music video.
    Make it a little less obvious he was going to die, or give his death even a sliver of meaning beyond a demonstration to the rest.

  • flavortang

    I think it would’ve been funnier and have more impact if he did have a 1-2 minute backstory. Then it would’ve created an atmosphere where you could imagine any member of the squad could be spontaneously be killed.

    • Gloriabhealy1

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