If you haven’t seen Suicide Squad, go and watch the film before reading this article or brace yourselves for the spoilers that are set to feature within this list.
Suicide Squad hit the cinemas on August 1st 2016, receiving mixed reviews as fans around the world left cinemas either highly excited for a potential sequel after enjoying a great first film, or completely stuck at the other end of the spectrum and majorly disappointed, completely let down and annoyed at the fact that they just wasted money to see it.
With a cast of popular actors in its armoury, many people were excited to see Suicide Squad to finally observe Will Smith’s portrayal of the contract killer Deadshot, Jared Leto’s first appearance as the psychotic Joker or even Margot Robbie’s rendition of the lunatic Harley Quinn.
Whether or not you’re a comic book fan, Suicide Squad surely gives you something to enjoy throughout the film; whether that be the gunfights, villains themselves, the little twists of comedy, Margot Robbie… Anyway, from cannibalism to Cara Delevingne’s anger issues, from self-inflicted burns to classified military footage, we’ve decided to offer you up fifteen things you may not have known about Suicide Squad.
15 Shia LaBeouf Could’ve Been in Suicide Squad
Shia LaBeouf was almost in the film. Yes, the crazy (yet equally hilarious) actor was originally lined up to be GQ Edwards, one of Rick Flag’s soldiers, but Warner Bros. came to the conclusion that they weren’t ready to take a gamble on LaBeouf with one of their seemingly mostly anticipated movies. The interest came after David Ayer (the director) wanted LaBeouf for the role after working with him in the film Fury, but Warner Bros. were not convinced. Scott Eastwood was drafted in shortly after LaBeouf and is the GQ Edwards we see instead of the former Transformers star. LaBeouf actually came out to the press to reassure that there were no hard feelings towards the producers saying:
"The character was different initially. Then Will [Smith] came in, and the script was changed a bit. That character and Tom [Hardy’s] character (we’ll get back to him later) were originally written down to build the character of Deadshot up. I don’t think Warner Bros. wanted me. I went in to meet, and they were like, 'Nah, you’re crazy, You’re a good actor, but not this one.' It was a big investment for them."
Would Shia LaBeouf have been a better GQ Edwards? Would he have brought something completely unique to the role? These questions will unfortunately remain unanswered for you LaBeouf-obsessed fans out there.
14 Bane Was Almost in The Film
Yes. Well, no, not Bane, but Tom Hardy was almost in the film. Yes, Bane (essentially) was almost in Suicide Squad. No, on a more serious note, the Cockney actor was also originally lined up for a role within the film but rather as Rick Flag himself. Warner Bros. believed that he would’ve fitted the role perfectly after admiring his recent performances on the big screen and noting his aggressive acting qualities. Unfortunately, the Mad Max star had to drop out of the role due to scheduled conflicts between the role and his role in The Revenant because of extended shooting time.
13 Will Smith’s Crazy Preparation
To prepare for his role as the villain Deadshot, Will Smith spent time training with actual Navy SEALS and Army Rangers to ensure that he was fully able to portray the character’s persona accurately. He shaved his head to add to the character’s "badass" look and spent time firing actual handguns and actual rifles, surprisingly turning out to be a very good shot - especially with the AR-15 rifle. Ayer also made Smith read books on contract killers to make sure that Smith knew how to get into character as one himself. The actor was told to educate himself based on a murderer's life so he found it easier to change into character on set.
12 Who Could’ve Been Deadshot
The actor playing Deadshot could have been somebody completely different due to the large amount of actors that were actually considered for the role. We all know Will Smith’s Deadshot as the intelligent yet dangerous contract killer whose only concern is that of his daughter’s well-being - he seems to be the leader of the squad alongside Flag due to his connection to his daughter which, as we see in the film, seems to bring out some heroic like qualities in the character. But, the portrayal of Deadshot may have been completely different had any of these actors been approached.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Keanu Reeves, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Matt Damon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman (yes, the actor who eventually played Rick Flag!) were all considered for the role of Deadshot, with several of the stars close to being approached for the film. Just imagine that… Edward Cullen, Neo, Obi-Wan Kenobi or Jack Dawson as sharpshooting killer Deadshot.
11 Who Could’ve Been Harley Quinn
The role of Harley Quinn may never have even been handed to Margot Robbie if Warner Bros. had decided on an actress a little earlier. Again, we all know Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn as the psychotic, dangerous "queen" who, alongside her "king" the Joker, runs the dark side of Gotham, murdering anybody who stands in her and their way. Had one of the following actresses got the role, could we have seen a different twist to Harley Quinn’s character?
Emma Roberts was actually offered the role of Harley Quinn but turned the offer down to star in Scream Queens instead. Olivia Thirlby, Imogen Poots, Alison Brie, Emma Watson, Emily Browning, Zooey Deschanel, Lily Collins, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sara Paxton, Amanda Seyfried and Evan Rachel Wood were all considered to be Harley Quinn in the film but the role was instead offered to Margot Robbie. On that note… imagine Hermione Grainger as Harley Quinn?!
10 Cara Delevingne’s Anger Issues
Cara Delevingne auditioned for the role of Enchantress within the film by reciting lines from Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She was asked to read a part from the play in multiple different ways, in order to be assessed on whether she could accurately depict June Moore’s split personality in Suicide Squad. Supposedly, by the end of the audition, Delevingne was that angry at the director that she was actually ready to start fighting people, she stated: “David Ayer sparked a fury in me, you got to come get me out of jail because I was so furious!”
9 King Shark
King Shark was replaced by Killer Croc in this movie. In the original Suicide Squad, there is a villain named King Shark, a humanoid shark who terrorises the citizens of Hawaii with his shark/human abilities of being able to travel very quickly in water and on land alike. Possessing hardened shark like flesh, in the comics King Shark is one of the most ruthless villains, who with claws, gills and teeth alike is responsible for a number of disappearances in Hawaii before being kidnapped and assigned to the Suicide Squad. Director David Ayer was actually interested in having King Shark in the film, but decided against the character because he didn’t want a full CG character in the final motion picture. As a result, Ayer decided to include Killer Croc as an alternative, preferring incredible make-up and prosthetics on an actor rather than a computer animated character. I, as a fan of Suicide Squad, thought that Killer Croc was the better call for the character, but what would you have preferred?
8 The On-Set Therapist
There had to be a therapist called in during filming. David Ayer wanted all of the actors to be as villainous as they could whilst in character, but because the film was of such a dark nature, Ayer actually called in a therapist to ensure that all of the actors were sound of mind and hadn’t "lost their marbles" once shooting had finished. Despite all of this, one actor didn’t seem to hold back on any of his actions - that being Jared Leto, of course - so it can be quite justified to assume that maybe Ayer had somebody called in to monitor behaviour considering Mr. Leto was on set.
7 The Actors’ Fitness Regimes
All of the actors within the film had their own fitness routines to ensure that they were in the best shape for their role. Margot Robbie trained for three hours a day, most days of the week, to ensure that she was toned up and able to fit in the tiny shorts which Harley wears. Jared Leto also decided to bulk up for his role in the film. Leto had always sported a slenderer build than that of the other actors but always ensured that his body was toned. Leto is a vegan, so his diet changed to foods like rice and pasta in order for him to be able to build muscle like the rest of the cast. He trained 5 days a week for his part of the Joker - 3 days of weight training and 2 days of cycling/yoga/outdoor activities. This comes as a surprise to most fans, as the Joker doesn’t seem to actually intentionally show off his physique but, looking at Jared’s Instagram posts, his gains were incredible…
6 The North Korean Prison Camp
David Ayer actually described the set as being like a North Korean prison camp, because of what he was putting the actors through. He said "I made sure everyone was emotionally and physically exhausted going in, because that's when you find the truth." He actually called in his friend and sheriff Jaime FitzSimons to interrogate the cast, so he could use the information obtained to get a stimulated response from the group. So, to conclude this point, he used individual personal information from the group to establish that the actors were emotionally exhausted, so he could shoot the "real" them whilst they were in character? Wow…
5 "Inner Sh*tbag"
In order to motivate himself in to finding his "inner shi*bag" as he was told by Ayer, Jai Courtney put cigarettes out on himself. Yes, the Australian actor, who portrays the character of Captain Boomerang in the movie, was told to become a "sh*tbag" by Ayer, as he believed that if he was to become this horrid off set, then being on set would be no different. Jai Courtney told Empire in a recent interview: "That night I happened to eat some mushrooms (drugs) and I did self-inflict some burns." I can genuinely imagine now that the on-set therapist was quite busy…
4 Punch Each Other in The Face
Not yet satisfied with the emotional torture inflicted on the cast, Ayer actually encouraged physical violence among the group. According to Ayer, the rehearsals were very "intense" and so he had them fight in order to allow the actors to let off steam and to get rid of the "actor stuff." But it seems that, maybe, things weren’t that bad after all on set. Margot Robbie gave an interview to Empire in which she stated that they were all "one big happy family." She actually continued to say that the cast had "gotten really tight." So there you have it, when working on a team project, punch each other in the face to release tension and build chemistry...
3 Croc Observer / Cannibalistic Researcher
To get into the character of Killer Croc, actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje actually studied and watched documentaries on crocodiles to use their body language in his own representation of the villain. To further deeply involve himself with the role of Killer Croc, the actor actually decided to research cannibal cultures to certify that his Killer Croc persona was that of a human flesh eating monstrosity. Furthermore, the actor was even known to watch documentaries on real life cannibal Issei Sagawa whilst having his make-up applied. I don't understand how the other actors felt completely safe whilst one of their co-workers took an interest in the habits of a cannibal, but whatever floats your boat I guess...
2 Kinnaman’s "Education"
Throughout the shooting of this film, Ayer was particularly brutal to Joel Kinnaman. Not because he didn’t like him, but because he felt that Kinnaman had the one of the most emotionally difficult roles within the film. To begin with, to help Kinnaman get into character whilst shooting scenes, he would tell him to envision a family member burning alive to make certain that Kinnaman was emotional between takes. Then Ayer got worse. The actor was made to watch classified military footage that he could only describe as "horrific shit." Ayer said he was made to do this so that Kinnaman could educate himself on what it was like to be someone who killed for a living…
1 Horniest Cast
Now, Will Smith has featured in a lot of films. Like. A LOT of films. He’s worked with so many big stars and must’ve worked with hundreds of people within countless casts, but the Suicide Squad cast gains a certain accolade from him. From a quote via Comic Book.com:
"I’ve worked with a lot of casts, and I have to say that this is the horniest group I’ve ever worked with, without question. This is the horniest cast I’ve ever worked with."
So there you have it, the Suicide Squad cast is the horniest that big time movie star Will Smith has ever worked with. Now, nobody is completely sure what he means exactly or how the cast is the horniest, but maybe it could be down to Leto sending his fellow actors sex toys, used condoms and/or p*rn magazines? I don’t know, maybe it could be that...