With all the talk of reshoots, studio overhead, what got cut, what got added, etc, clearly a lot about ‘Suicide Squad‘ and its production has been discussed at length. However, there’s still plenty of neat tidbits coming out, and they continue to serve as interesting examples of just how much a film can change from script to screen. While promoting the film, Harley Quinn herself Margot Robbie was interviewed by Chewing Sand in a video called Tipsy Talk with Margot Robbie. The entire video is worth a watch, particularly for some information regarding Harley’s relationship with the Joker and the bits of backstory that were ultimately cut out of the film.
“We filmed so much of our backstory. They probably realized the emotional through line of the story had to be the mission that we were on. And kind of explaining The Enchantress’s position and all of that kind of stuff. And the backstory stuff is like magic. Some of the stuff we shot is insane. They are flashbacks, meant to be snippets. But I think when we were filming maybe we got too engrossed into flashbacks. Especially when you got Jared [Leto], he’s going so deep with that character and we’re all like going really deep. And David [Ayer] goes really deep with the characters. Yeah, so there’s a lot, but it didn’t make sense to confuse the current/present storyline to incorporate all of that.”
On one hand, ‘Suicide Squad‘ only scratches the surface of their relationship, and watching the film, it’s hard not to notice that some major material is missing. On the other hand, I can’t fault Ayer and company for relegating some of this back-story to the sidelines in favor of the more-pressing story in front of them. At the very least, this gives future DC films even more room to explore the equal parts fascinating-and-horrifying bond between these two. What do you think?
‘Suicide Squad‘ is in theaters now.