Charles Roven And Richard Suckle Discuss Cuts, Responses, Zack Snyder, And More


Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, two of the producers on Suicide Squad, are uplifted by the response the film has received from fans and audience members. “We’re ecstatic by the fan support and the fan reaction that we’ve received,” says Suckle, also a producer on the upcoming Wonder Woman. Furthermore, Roven, who has been producing DC films for Warner Bros. since Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins in 2005, says he’s happy to see people who aren’t necessarily DC fans heading to theatres to see Suicide Squad.

Roven, also a producer on Batman v Superman and Justice League, and Suckle talked with Speakeasy about the aftermath of Suicide Squad and how the DC Films universe is shaping up, particularly with Wonder Woman and Justice League due out next year. Here are some of the talking points:
- Suckle and Roven believe that what's driving audiences to see Suicide Squad is the curiosity of certain characters like Will Smith's Deadshot, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and more. “I think there’s a lot of fun in just enjoying the introduction, for lack of a better way of putting it, to these characters as [director] David Ayer‘s interpreted them from the source material,” Suckle says.
- There where reports that Suicide Squad went to the editing room for numerous and extensive times each time producing a different version. “Yes, there were a couple of different cuts of the movie, but they all really had to do with finding the final shape of the movie,” Roven says. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, and that’s not the first time something like this has happened, and it won’t be the last.” Big tent-pole films like “Suicide Squad,” he adds, also face hard release dates, so filmmakers don’t have the luxury of long postproduction periods with many different cuts. “And so sometimes,” Roven says, “in order to get the work done, you really just have to bring on more people and spend really long days and nights getting work done to get it ready.”
- The Joker, played by Jared Leto, was in the theatrical cut for 10 plus minutes to which the actor has said that he done more than that and saying that there is so much more to the point where it could make another film almost. Says Roven: “David Ayer shoots a tremendous amount of footage, and when it comes to things having to do with the Joker, Jared does many takes and all the takes are very, very different, and sometimes the scenes can go on for a very long time, and sometimes the scenes can be, when you’re more on page, tighter, etc. Sometimes those impromptu scenes are fantastic, sometimes they’re not. That’s all part of the process. What you don’t want to do is you don’t want to limit the process.”
- The first trailer for Wonder Woman, made a huge impression at San Diego Comic-Con in July, building off the character’s truly heroic big-screen debut in Batman v Superman. “It really riffed off of that,” says Suckle. “It was really looking to answer some of the questions raised, if not necessarily answered, about her place in the world as she was introduced in ‘Batman v Superman.’” Roven gives a lot of credit for the Wonder Woman excitement to director Patty Jenkins, whom he says helped the project really gel together.
- “Every movie is unique unto itself,” says Suckle, meaning that each instalment in the DC cinematic slate has its own director with a unique perspective, and is going to vary in tone and how the characters are portrayed. Roven, meanwhile, says that tonal changes from Batman v Superman to Justice League were going to happen anyway, because of the variety of characters like Ezra Miller's The Flash. “But, at the same time, while we’re in that process, we did take into consideration some of the things that we learned from some of the comments about ‘Batman v Superman,’” Roven adds.
- There was speculations that had Batman v Superman got a bad response by the public, Zack Snyder was to be kicked off the gig for Justice League, also there was petitions for the removal of Snyder from the DCEU, thankfully none of that happened. “I’m just saying you need to pay attention [to criticism], but you also need to stay true to your vision,” says Roven, who is in the process of making his third movie with Snyder in the director’s chair. “Zack Snyder is a great director.”
- Batman v Superman had more of a sombre tone to but it appears as evidenced by the recent Justice League footage released the DCEU will move in a more ligher and more humorous route. “I think one of the things Zack really wanted to do, because everybody knows that Zack certainly has an ability to shoot action, was to just say, ‘Hey, I can do this, too,’” Roven says. “It doesn’t have to be all action. These characters are going to be different once they begin to interact with each other.”

Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, Harley Quinn spinoff, a Man of Steel sequel, and a Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.

Source: WSJ

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