As production on Batman v Superman wraps up finally, it is going to be time to move onto the next DC Comics film, Suicide Squad. Now the creator of the villain team has broken his silence to talk about his initial reactions to his team coming to the big screen.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources on Friday, John Ostrander talked about his reactions to the casting choices for the parts and whether he thought they would work out for this particular team.
"I was pleased, but I wouldn't have guessed that it would have been one of the properties that they would do quite so quickly. That's a heck of a slot," he said. "It's the first movie after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That places them pretty high and sure, that pleases me."
He also talked specifically about Will Smith's character, Deadshot, and how it works well that this very well-known actor is playing this little-known character, which is the case for most of the team.
"To the general public, Deadshot as a character is not well known, so they wouldn't really notice any difference. Of course, the people doing the movies want to have the biggest star that they can, because that will help draw people into the movie. Understanding all of that, I have no problem with the casting," Ostrander said.
"What I am really impressed by with all of the casting is that they are getting some very good actors to play these parts. That means Warner Bros. is very serious about this movie. They are serious about the concept....I think Hardy is an excellent actor. Jared Leto as The Joker? Oh, my. This is his first film since winning an Academy Award! That's pretty high profile for a film called 'Suicide Squad.' They are taking this very seriously."
Ostrander also commented on who he would love to see play Amanda Waller and named one actress who is at the top of the casting list for Warner Bros. also.
"Oprah was actually at the top of my list! She showed in The Color Purple that she's a really good actor, and she's got the attitude for Waller."
Suicide Squad comes out on Aug. 5, 2016.