In a recent interview, Director David Ayer discussed a few interesting details of Suicide Squad, including Boomerang’s Unicorn and Joker’s tattoos .
In an interview with Empire, Ayer addressed the pink unicorn, aptly named “Pinky” saying:
“[Pinky] was actually intended to be a piece of set decoration in one of our office building sets. I thought [Boomerang] needed a little something kind of fun and silly and it kept appearing throughout the film. It became a bit of a mascot. Yes, [he’s a] Brony. Which is fine. I think it’s a good thing and gives him a little hobby besides robbing banks.”
Quite the disturbing thing to learn, but hey, you do you. He also went on to address Joker’s Damaged tattoo, saying:
“This is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection. But Joker killed Robin and Batman basically smashes his teeth out and locks him up in Arkham Asylum. It’s in the asylum where Joker would have done the ‘damaged’ tattoo as a message to Batman saying, ‘You’ve damaged me. I was so beautiful before and now you’ve destroyed my face.’ That’s where the grill comes from.”
It would be extremely interesting to actually see this detail played out in some film. Hopefully we can get some Batman and Robin flashbacks to show the Bat/Joker altercation.
He also discussed Slipknot’s early death:
“You have to pick and choose your battles, and Slipknot gets his head blown off pretty quickly. 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. I didn’t want to invest in that real estate to create some misdirect, because after opening night everyone knows he dies anyway.”
This is something that I personally didn’t like. The character was introduced just to die, and I understand the point of it all. He is there to show that their lives really are on the line, and Boomerang uses him as a guinea pig, to test whether or not Waller is bluffing. Still, it felt like his death was cheap. If he had been introduced in the beginning just as much as the other character’s had, it would be better, but he isn’t. He has such little screen time. I’m not particularly upset that Slipknot specifically died, because he is a bland character with bland abilities, but his death was still cheap.
He also discussed the “complexity” of the plot:
“The movie is basically Amanda Waller covering up her mistake, because she was the one that decided to use Enchantress as part of the original core Suicide Squad. Waller deploys her to clean up this entity that appears, which unbeknownst to Amanda is actually Enchantress’s brother. So Enchantress engineers her escape from Amanda Waller and then Waller decides to cover it up by having the Suicide Squad rescue her and get her out of that city. It’s funny because the plot gets deemed as being incredibly simple, but it’s actually extremely complex!”
I would not call the plot simple, no, but in no way, shape or form would I call the plot complex, let alone extremely complex. Just because a film jumps from here to there, that doesn’t mean the plot itself is complex.
Overall, the film has received less-than-thrilled reviews, but sales have been great, so I’m sure the studio doesn’t mind that much.