David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad is officially in theaters! Fans can finally see Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith) and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) team up on the big screen. The movie does have a comic book feel and those who worked on the film say that was intentional, especially when it comes to the costume design for the characters.
Squad producers Andy Horwitz and Richard Suckle opened about what it was like to translate these characters from the comic book pages to the big screen. Speaking first about Smith’s Deadshot.
“It was kind of a combination of an old school Deadshot and the new 52 version of Deadshot, and it was sort of pieced together between all the elements that David liked and that we all liked. We worked with Kate Hawley who you’ll spend some time with later today, our costume designer. We also ended up working with Legacy Effects, who has done a lot of work in this space before and it was a real great collaboration that ultimately made that version of what he’s wearing.”
One of the hardest characters for the filmmakers to translate onto the screen was Harley Quinn, who is known for her over-the-top outfits.
“She has so many iconic looks, we really had a challenge. You have so many different ways in which you could dress her and it was almost sad to actually have to say as much as we want her to be wearing, let’s say, the one piece suit, that it’s not really right for what we’re doing in this movie, but we’ve designed it. She put it on. Just going through her hair, makeup and wardrobe test was a real treat. We tried so many different things and so many different things that would be iconic that hopefully will live in other films if we’re lucky enough to make other films.”
For Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje becoming Killer Croc character required an intense physical transformation. Including a three-hour prosthetics process.
“It’s three hours in the chair every single day for him and it’s quite a commitment, but he’s really brought something amazing to the character. He’s not just a guy with a ton of prosthetics on. He’s figured out ways to move his face underneath that prosthetic that does interesting things, and he’s really worked with it with the teeth and how to blink. He’s really not just wearing that, he’s really doing quite a performance.”
Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.
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