"Suicide Squad" director David Ayer weighed in on what makes his film different from other comic book adaptations, citing the movie's themes of struggle and isolation as a key part of that, during an interview with Empire Magazine (via ComicBookMovie.com).
"You know, all these movies are about defeating the evil alien robot from f*cking Planet X, before it destroys the world with its ticking clock. And who the f*ck cares? But you do this story about struggle and isolation and people who have been shit on that suddenly get thrown this lifeline... that's not so bad... I like to think of this as the Comic Book Movie 2.0," he explained.
Executive producer Charles Roven also spoke about the film's tone, saying, "It had this darkness and edge, while still tonally in the zone of what we're trying to do with these movies."
"Suicide Squad," based on the DC Comics team and starring Leto, Robbie, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo and Adam Beach as Slipknot, is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016.