Will Smith Discusses What Finally Bought Him Into the DC Universe

For years Warner Bros. have tried to get Will Smith into a DC Comics feature film, so much so he was at one point offered the role of Superman, a role he decided to pass on due to the controversy that would have been sparked, which led him to be in Hancock. So what convinced Will Smith to finally say yes, not only that but yes to a villain role such as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot?

Speaking with Collider from CinemaCon, Will Smith spoke on a few things, such as what bought him on to the overall DC Extended Universe, how it was working with David Ayer, along with the relationship between Harley Quinn and The Joker.

ON JOINING THE CAST 

“I wasn’t really looking for this one. David Ayer called and this was one of those gifts that fell out of the sky. He came and he didn’t even have the screenplay, he pitched it [and] left me with the source material. He said, ‘I wanna make a serious, badass version of all of these characters. It’s not the cute, pretty, silly version of this, I wanna do the down and dirty, rough, rugged, and raw.’ So that in the DC world, that flavor, I was inspired by that.”

ON DIRECTOR DAVID AYER AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN

“What’s really special about David and special about Suicide Squad is yes we’re in a hyper-reality, but David Ayer is a full-on 100% actor’s director. So he takes characters and he creates this world, but he only cares about what’s real and authentic between the characters. Looking at Harley and the relationship with The Joker, it’s not a comic book relationship; he’s getting the real depth of the psychology of the relationship and creating these insane interactions. For me with Deadshot, just really getting into how somebody could kill somebody and then go Christmas shopping with their daughter, having to get into that mindset in this spectacular hyper-real world. I think people are gonna be surprised at the look and the feel of Suicide Squad.”

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Eric Curto

Eric Curto

My name is Eric and I am loving this current comic book boom, I was around for the first one with Superman: The Movie, Supergirl(being the first female and crossover film) and Batman and have been enjoying the resurgence since Blade. Can't express how much I cannot wait for WB & DC to take back the film universe but until than I love the TV shows we have gotten. I only started reading comics about 10 years ago but am connected more to DC over Marvel or any other major company. If you wanna chat feel free to contact me
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  • BnL

    “I wanna make a serious, badass version of all of these characters. It’s
    not the cute, pretty, silly version of this, I wanna do the down and
    dirty, rough, rugged, and raw”

    “Looking at Harley and the relationship with The Joker, it’s not a comic
    book relationship; he’s getting the real depth of the psychology of the
    relationship and creating these insane interactions.”

    I’m still looking forward to Suicide Squad, but quotes like these make me nervous. It shows either a misunderstanding or unfamiliarity with the source material, and maybe even contempt toward or bias against the comics.