Before it was released in theaters, the production of 2016’s Suicide Squad was wrought with issues. These ranged from a rushed script to significant reshoots, the latter of which reportedly stemmed from the studio’s desire to shift the tone of the DCEU. This resulted in a number of changes to the film’s characters and story.
Writer and director David Ayer recently shared some unused concept art that teases the involvement of a force even worse than Enchantress and ties it into 2017’s Justice League. Featured on Ayer’s Twitter account, the illustration showcases the device used by Enchantress, with a different design, surrounded by inhuman creatures. Ayer provided no explanation as to what it is the image depicts, but there is speculation that the image relates to the hellish world of Apokolips, which was initially planned to appear in Suicide Squad.
Ayer previously stated on Twitter that Enchantress was going to be controlled by a Mother Box, and a Boom Tube — a tool used by the New Gods for interstellar travel — would be featured in his original idea for Suicide Squad. This would have linked the film to Zack Snyder’s Justice League. However, all Apokolips-related elements were ultimately removed from the movie.
A standalone sequel is currently being produced.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker. The film arrives in theaters Aug. 6, 2021.
Suicide Squad writer and director David Ayer recently shared some unused concept art from the film that ties into his original vision.