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  • Ryan Gosling was sought out first for the role of The Joker. He reportedly turned down the role because he didn't want to sign on for a multi-picture deal that the studio was requiring.
  • This is the third live-action version of the Suicide Squad. It had previously appeared in Smallville (2001) and Arrow (2012).
  • Tom Hardy was originally cast as Rick Flag but eventually dropped out. Hardy had previously played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), who was a former member of the Suicide Squad. His replacement, Joel Kinnaman, appears with Hardy in the movie Child 44 (2015).
  • This movie will be released on the 50th anniversary of the Joker's live-action debut (Cesar Romero in both Batman (1966) and Batman: The Movie (1966)).
  • This is the live-action cinematic debut of Harley Quinn, but her third live-action appearance after Birds of Prey (2002) and Arrow (2012).
  • David Ayer revealed Jared Leto's first official look as the Joker in April 24, 2015, the character's 75th anniversary.
  • I Am Legend (2007), also starring Will Smith, had a fake promotional poster for Batman v Superman which later developed into a real theatrical film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
  • Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were all front runners for the role of Amanda Waller before Davis was cast.
  • Jared Leto is the third Oscar-winning actor to portray the Joker, after Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger (who posthumously won his Oscar for his portrayal of the Joker).
  • Will Smith and Margot Robbie play a criminal couple in this film. They previously played a criminal couple in Focus (2015).
  • Belle Reve Penetentiary is the headquarters of Task Force X. "Belle Reve" is a French mistranslation for "beautiful dream".
  • This is the second comic-book feature for Will Smith and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Smith was Agent J in the Men in Black films and Adwale was Algrim in Thor: The Dark World (2013).
  • Writer Bruce W. Timm, who created Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series (1992), said he found her look optimistic and promising.
  • To prepare for his role as Deadshot, Will Smith shaved his head and spent time training with Navy SEALS and Army Rangers, practicing firing a Glock 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle. The actor turned out to be a quick learner, particularly with long distance shots using the AR-15.
  • The film has been classed as the first ever "supervillain" movie.
  • Each of the Squad wears an item that references their comic book history:
    • George Harkness has on a blue shirt with "Captain" on it, homaging Captain Boomerang's blue uniform (it's also got a design of little boomerangs on it)
    • June Moone has on a moon-styled headpiece to keep her powers in control (in the comics it was a necklace)
    • Chato Santana has a sweatshirt reading "Diablo", his superhero title
    • Katana's outfit echoes her "New 52" uniform (a black suit) and her classic suits (which had Japanese rising suns as her symbol)
    • Harley Quinn's color scheme is red and blue, inspired by her appearance in the "New 52" DC comics where she is a member of the Squad, as well as tattoos that connect her with the Joker.
  • Luke Evans, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Tom Cruise, Joel Edgerton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Bernthal were considered for the role of Rick Flagg.
  • David Ayer describes the film as a "comic-book version of The Dirty Dozen (1967)."
  • Harley Quinn wields an umbrella that is red and black, her original color scheme from Batman: The Animated Series (1992). She also wields a baseball bat, her trademark weapon from the "Batman: Arkham" video games.
  • Part of the film is set in Midway City. In the DC Comics, this was the home of the superhero couple Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
  • The Joker wears a silver suit. This was taken from the Frank Miller comic "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns".
  • Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith portrayed Fish Mooney in the Batman origin series Gotham (2014).
  • The movie was filmed in Toronto, Ontario in June 2015 under the code name "Bravo 14."
  • In February 2017 Suicide Squad won an Oscar for best hair and make up effects.
  • Suicide Squad is the third Warner Brothers film to win an Oscar after 1989's Batman, and 2008's The Dark Knight.
  • The Task Force X in this film is comprised of members from across the group's history:
    • Colonel Rick Flagg was the founder of the Suicide Squad in the Silver Age (1959-87)
    • Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Enchantress and Captain Boomerang were in the Squad's second iteration (1987-92)
    • Harley Quinn and El Diablo appeared in the Squad's eighth iteration (2011-14)
    • Killer Croc and Katana are the only new recruits in this film who have never been in the Squad in the comics.
  • Jared Leto, playing the Joker (like Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain) had previously played a gay character before the Joker role (in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)).

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