Suicide Squad Actor Common Heaps Praise On David Ayer’s Anti-Hero Feature


Soon after the riotous second trailer emerged online, all had looked to be said and done for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, barring those final VFX tweaks and fixes implemented in post-production.

Alas, perhaps in response to the blowback against the po-faced Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. recently forked out “tens of millions of dollars” to allow for creative reshoots designed to add more humor and levity. Even taking that into consideration, musician-cum-actor Common (Barbershop: The Next Cut) still believes that Ayer and Co. are crafting a superhero movie unlike anything the genre has seen before.


Confirming that he won’t be involved in those aforementioned reshoots, Common, who worked with the director on Street Kings, spoke to Collider about his minor role in Suicide Squad, heaping praise on David Ayer’s vision for the 2016 release.

I just knew that world was a gritty comic book world that I haven’t seen. I feel like, with so many comic book movies being made, I wanted to be a part of one of the ones that is special. Obviously, you want the box office and those things, but I want to be a part of the special movies. And if I’m going to be a part of a comic movie, I don’t want it to just be the same story, where you can just place the new name and it’s the same story that you see. I’ve gotta say, one of the major reasons I knew it would be something cool and could be special is (director) David Ayer. I love his work. I got to work with him on Street Kings, but then I watched End of Watch and the dude is good, man.

In closing, the outlet quizzed Common about what it was like to star opposite Jared Leto and his maniac rendition of the Clown Prince of Crime.

Whatever way is necessary for you to be that person, so that you can let go and see The Joker, I love that. From the time I stepped on the set, I was my character and he was his character. There was no in between. I’m grateful to be a part of it. I think Suicide Squad could be a story told in a new way.

Suicide Squad has placed its crosshairs on August 5, when David Ayer’s anti-hero feature will shed light on the darker corners of the DC Extended Universe and, chiefly, the dastardly Task Force X.

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