"Suicide Squad" opens next Friday, August 5, and the cast and director are busy promoting the DC film. Chris Van Vliet from WSVN-TV in Miami talked to David Ayer about the massive fan speculation when each bit of intel about the movie came out.
Chris Van Vliet: "What was the most ridiculous rumor that you heard while you were making the movie?"
David Ayer: "That the Joker is Jason Todd."
Van Vliet: "Really?"
Ayer, looking right into the camera: "It ain't the case. He's not."
There you have it. He brought it up himself. The theory was that Jared Leto's Joker was actually Batman's former Robin, Jason Todd, who was killed by the Joker and returned as the Red Hood. As Collider noted, "This is comics lore, and Todd recently popped up in the video game 'Batman: Arkham Knight,' so fans took this and ran with it, assuming that Leto's character would have an intense connection to Ben Affleck's Batman."
But never mind all that.
The reporter also mentioned that the marketing for "Suicide Squad" has focused a lot on the Joker and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, then asked Ayer for his take on the real central character or couple of characters. Ayer answered, "It's really Deadshot's [Will Smith] movie in a lot of ways, but it's also Diablo's [Jay Hernandez], but it's also Harley Quinn's. So there's a story for everybody. Everybody has a story. I think Will really carries a lot of it because he's kind of at the emotional heart."
So despite Will Smith really not seeming like a huge part of the marketing, he is the heart of the movie. Smith talks about that in the video below, too. When you have 11 minutes to spare, watch it all. There's a lot of good stuff in here:
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Figuring they're all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own. Read More