Grab your salt shaker because you’re gonna need it for that proverbial grain of salt you should have on hand when considering this new Suicide Squad rumor that is making the Internet rounds today. A Reddit poster is claiming to have taken part in a Suicide Squad Focus Group at Warner Brothers. What tantalizing details about the movie came out?
Here is the post in all its glory:
OK so I apologize if I don’t do this right, this is my 1st time on reddit and my first time posting. The reason I’m posting is because I spent a good hour over at Warner Brothers with a few people; and they did a focus test group regarding the upcoming film: Suicide Squad.
They made this apparent from the focus test, but a few of these things were set in stone, others were still a work in progress.
First thing they did was quiz us on our knowledge on the Suicide Squad; there were a lot of questions about our knowledge on the new 52 Suicide Squad and particularly Harley Quinn. From general conversations, it sounds like Harley Quinn may be the protagonist of the movie.
The director of the movie joined us; he asked whether any of us had watched Speed. He said that that blend of action with a time sensitive conflict was what inspired the plot of Suicide Squad.
The director asked what we enjoyed more in an action movie, a serious action movie like The Raid or a more comedic approach like in the Jump Street movies.
Near the end, we were broken into groups of three (there were 9 of us total) and given a one page summary of the plot, we were asked to describe what we liked and didn’t like.
What we were given mentioned Harley Quinn being needed to decipher a complex series of bombs planted throughout Gotham. Harley is estranged from The Joker, and her knowledge is being used to figure out where The Joker has placed the bombs. Deathstroke is a Amanda Waller’s personal bodyguard, and he’s placed in the squad to oversee that they do not deviate from the mission perimeters. The plot then becomes more complex as The Joker has a far more complex goal in mind.
I’m paraphrasing what the other plots were, but they all deviated slightly. Some had Harley as being a part of the squad, but betraying them for The Joker. The other involved a conspiracy from Lex Luthor which involves working with The Joker.
My final impressions are positive. Before we left the director showed us concept art. Some were ok. The boomerang guy and the witch girl were not that great. I really liked Deathstrokes design, they really gave him this realistic but tech-geared look that is probably the best design I’ve ever seen of Deathstroke.
Based on what I saw, I would love to go see this movie when it releases.
Lots to digest there. Everything sounds like something that a Suicide Squad movie would have in it, but I question the Deathstroke part. There was no mention of Deadshot, which Will Smith will be playing, so it may just be that this first time Reddit poster who used the handle Oldcomicbookfan, was a little confused about the character’s name? Would an old comic book fan get those two confused?
Deathstroke, if he was in the movie would be a major role, it is more likely that Deadshot is Amada Waller’s right hand man and not Deathstroke. This is one of those details that makes these types of Reddit posts so frustrating. We all know some details about Suicide Squad from the comics and it wouldn’t be hard to come up with a scenario like the one posted above. Sprinkle it with just enough things that long time comic book fans might question and you’ve got something that will make its way across the Internet like wildfire.
Don’t get me wrong, this could be on the level and everything in it seems like something that would work on the big screen for these characters and this movie, it’s just way to easy to get burned by readily accepting every post you see.
Which Suicide Squad detail about this focus group spoke to you?
Suicide Squad is scheduled for an August 5th, 2016 release date. So far the cast includes: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Curtney, and Cara Delevingne.