Geek News: On-set Therapy for Suicide Squad

By T. Mack

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The Suicide Squad is a team made of supervillains who are forced to work for the government taking down threats so big that their outings are basically suicide missions. Hence the name. This premise makes for excellent comics. DC and Warner Bros are hoping it will translate into an excellent movie as well. The cast has started shooting and they are throwing themselves into the darkness of the material. Unfortunately, this means they might need a little help ascending back out of the dark. Enter the head shrink.

It’s been reported that the Suicide Squad movie will have quite a dark tone, as would be appropriate for honoring the source material. The Guardian reports that the film’s director, David Ayer, has asked for realism from his actors. This means in order to play tormented super-villainous characters, the actors must be tormented themselves. The cast, which includes Margo Robbie (Harley Quinn), Will Smith (Deadshot) and Jared Leto (Joker) among others, seems to be embracing that direction, despite the mental damage it might do to them in the process. To help them cope, Ayer has provided access to therapy during the actor’s down time.

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As a huge fan of Harley Quinn and an admirer of the Suicide Squad comics, I am excited to know that the team working on the film is so committed to bringing the characters to life in the way they should be. I do, however, hope that no one is mentally damaged in the process. If I hadn’t already been planning to see this film on opening weekend, I would now be determined to do so. After all, the actors are risking their mental health for this. The least I can do is pony up $10 to boost opening weekend sales.

Are you familiar with the Suicide Squad? Are you looking forward to this movie? Do you think DC will manage to get any of their upcoming comic-book based movies right? Let us know in the comments.

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