Not much is known about the overall outlook of 2021's The Suicide Squad, but the recent confirmation of the presence of the cast and director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) in the upcoming DC FanDome event should change that. Despite that, Gunn has been offering a lot of hints about the upcoming film, suggesting that the hybrid sequel/reboot will provide a new direction for the band of misfits.
2016's Suicide Squad was a mixed bag for fans and critics alike, as evidenced by the drastic changes that were made to the film. While the previous film's director David Ayer is doing his own grassroots campaign for his cut to be released, The Suicide Squad will look to redeem the characters from an in-universe standpoint. Some of those who were featured in the first film are set to reprise their original roles, and one cast member recently sat down on an interview to describe the upcoming entry to the DCEU.
In an interview with Variety, Jai Courtney, who plays Captain Boomerang, opened up about the much-anticipated The Suicide Squad. Courtney revealed that the upcoming movie will have a "different flavor" while also alluding to the unique approach of director James Gunn:
"I think it's kind of got a different flavor. There's a whole bunch of new characters. James Gunn has an approach to things that is uniquely his; he pulls a lot of that into the “Suicide Squad” world. And I think that it fits really well, and audiences are going to have a lot of fun with it."
Moreover, Courtney described his most fun day on set which includes "spending upon hours in a water tank":
"I won't to say too much, but there's a particular sequence when I get very wet, and a few other people do, and hilarity ensued when it came to that. When you're spending hours upon hours in a water tank with a bunch of people treading water, and you've got Styrofoam stuffed into every crevice of your costume to try and take the load off and because it's 4 a.m., it gets quite ridiculous."
The interviewer then asked Courtney if it felt surreal to film the scene in the water tank, with the actor responding that he felt lucky to shoot "big ridiculous action comedies like Suicide Squad":
"I am lucky that sometimes I'm making these small-budget gritty dramas like “Stateless,” and sometimes I'm out shooting big ridiculous action comedies like “Suicide Squad.” To have feet on both of those trains is a lot of fun — and it also means that I never get tired of it."
WHAT THIS MEANS
Courtney's comments about the unique approach of The Suicide Squad should be good news for fans who are hoping for the franchise to be redeemed in some way. The actor's remark about the different flavor of the sequel proves that the upcoming entry will further shy away from its predecessor. More so, the evidence of Gunn pulling a lot from the Suicide Squad world goes to show that there will be a bunch of easter eggs and references present in the film, a feat that he already showcased in the MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
While there is no telling about the meaning behind the water tank scene that Courtney described in the interview, the confirmed presence of King Shark in the film should be enough evidence to support this. In many ways, the actor's description of filming the scene gives fans a hint of the fun and crazy sequences that are in store for the movie.
Fans should get a better idea of the tone and feel of The Suicide Squad when DC FanDome arrives, but this new tidbit from Courtney could shed some light on the much-anticipated DCEU entry.