The helicopter crash scene was the last to be shot just in case any of the actors got injured and filming was delayed.
To try and find the perfect Joker laugh, Jared Leto publicly tried different laughs in New York City and Toronto to see which ones made people the most uncomfortable.
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.
During Deadshot's "dossier" sequence at the start of the film, the list of weapons with which he is deadly includes the potato cannon.
In May 2016, Warner Bros. announced that Margot Robbie would reprise her role as Harley Quinn in an upcoming Untitled Harley Quinn Project, which she would also produce. Not much has been revealed about the project, but it is rumored to be focused on the female heroes and villains of the DC Universe.
The majority of the cast and crew got the tattoo "SKWAD" in honor of this film. The tattoos were even applied by some of the cast members, Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
Tom Hardy was originally cast as Rick Flag but dropped out to due The Revenant (2015). Hardy had previously played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), who was a former member of the Suicide Squad in the comic books. Hardy later expressed his regret at leaving the role, given he did not want to lose the work.
Several scenes of Killer Croc's backstory were removed from the final cut, including scenes depicting his entire life as a social outcast due to his physical appearance and convincing himself that he is beautiful in his own way. Croc crossed paths with Batman while working as muscle-for-hire for numerous Gotham crime bosses, while secretly planning to take over one day. There were also scenes displaying his affinity for making sculptures out of discarded materials. Aside from jokes about Croc viewing himself as 'beautiful,' one of these were retained in the final cut. Also deleted was a scene where he becomes sick at the helicopter escort to Midway City, throws up half-digested pieces of goat, and then eats them again, disgusting the nearby Navy Seals.
The Ace Chemicals scene where Joker finishes Harley's transformation was initially longer in the original cut, with Harley jumping into the chemicals and with more bits of dialogue from Joker.
Jared Leto got so immersed in playing The Joker that he wouldn't break out of character on set even when he wasn't filming. He even sent his fellow cast members "Joker-like" presents: a live rat to Margot Robbie and bullets to Will Smith, a soiled Playboy magazine to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and a dead hog, anal beads and used condoms for the whole crew. Scott Eastwood commented that Leto frightened him at times with his behavior, and Smith mentioned that he actually never met the real Leto.
The Joker's car, the Jokermobile, is a customised Infiniti G35 Vaydor.
Ryan Gosling was sought out first for the role of The Joker. He reportedly turned down the role because he did not want to sign on for a multi-picture deal that the studio was requiring.
Jared Leto chose not to re-watch the performance given by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008) because he felt he needed to form his own version of the character. He did not want to copy or lift material from any previous film version. Instead, he focused more on the comic book versions of the iconic villain.
Margot Robbie revealed at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 that although the cast members of the squad had extensive rehearsals together, she and Jared Leto did not rehearse prior to filming their scenes. She and director David Ayer felt it added to the unpredictability and madness of Harley Quinn and The Joker.
During the first scenes of Harley Quinn's origins, there is a montage that includes Margot Robbie dancing with The Joker while wearing the original red and black Harlequin suit her character was invented with in the 1990s. This shot is inspired by artist Alex Ross's painted cover for "Batman: Harley Quinn #1," which was the character's official entry into DC Comic's main universe.
Harley Quinn wields an umbrella that is red and black, which is 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.
Many of Joker's scenes were omitted from the final cut.
The Batmobile chase scene with Batman pursuing Harley Quinn and Joker was originally longer, with more interaction between Joker and Harley. One of the examples, presented in all the trailers, is the Joker punching the roof of his car.
Jared Leto shaved his eyebrows in order to play The Joker, to make him look more deranged and psychotic. Coincidentally, Jay Hernandez, who plays El Diablo, also shaved his eyebrows for his role since his character was designed to have no hair on his body. For Hernandez, the choice saved him half an hour a day in the makeup chair.
It took the makeup team five hours for the prosthetic make-up to be applied to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, with the makeup applied to his head and shoulders while the rest was body paint.
Jared Leto visited New York Comic Con 2015 in disguise and took a picture with an unsuspecting fan cosplaying The Joker.
Jared Leto took inspiration from the Batman comic "Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth," which portrayed The Joker as a transcendent, unsettling and seductive person. He also cites gospel music, shamans and Mexican cartels as an influence on the character.
Early cuts of the film included more interaction with Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn, with Harley severely disliking him despite growing affectionate to all the other members of the squad.
The baseball bat used by Harley Quinn was given to Kevin Smith as a "thank you" for hosting Dawn of the Justice League (2016).
Each of the Squad wears an item that references their comic book history: -George Harkness has on a blue shirt with "Captain" on it, in a homage Captain Boomerang's blue uniform (it's also got a design of little boomerangs on it). -Killer Croc wears clothes made out of crocodile skin. -June Moone/Enchantress 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.
Jai Courtney is reported as saying, "I'll never be in a comic-book movie." He changed his mind after finding out David Ayer was to direct/produce this film.
The strip club Harley Quinn is shown in is The Joker's "smile and grin."
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje did extensive research for Killer Croc, reading decades worth of material from the comics with the character. He also observed actual crocodiles and researched cannibalism.
Jared Leto tore his labrum while performing a stunt for this film.
While reading the comic books in preparation to direct the film, David Ayer had Margot Robbie in mind for the role of Harley Quinn. However, Emma Roberts was offered for the role by Warner Bros., but she turned it down to star in Scream Queens (2015). Olivia Thirlby, Imogen Poots, Alison Brie, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Emma Watson, Emily Browning, Zooey Deschanel, Lily Collins, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sara Paxton, Amanda Seyfried and Evan Rachel Wood were also considered for the role of Harley Quinn.
Within three weeks of the teaser-trailer being released, it had racked up more views than both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) trailers.
Enchantress' appearance in this film is meant to lead into Justice League Dark (2016). In the comics, she has a role in the ensemble.
Viola Davis read M.E. Thomas' autobiography "Confessions of a Sociopath" to prepare for her role as Amanda Waller.
Part of this film is set in Midway City. In the DC Comics, this was the home of the superhero couple Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
A bar scene with Harley taking everyone's orders was featured in several trailers but was edited for the theatrical release. In the scene Deadshot calls for a shot, Katana wants whiskey, Croc and Boomerang settle for beer, Harley asks Diablo wants and he prefers water which she jokes, "is a good idea." In the finished film it cuts directly to Deadshot's speech about them all almost pulling the mission off.
Cara Delevingne auditioned for the role of Enchantress by reading for Martha from Edward Albee's play "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" She was asked to read the part in several different ways, in order to reflect June Moone's split personality. By the end of the audition, she was ready to beat people up: "David Ayer sparked a fury in me, you got to come get me out of jail because I was so furious!"
Director David Ayer described this film as a "comic-book version of The Dirty Dozen (1967)."
The Joker's various clothes in this film are based on the clothes he wore in the "Batman" comics. The tuxedo and white gloves come from "Death in the Family" (1988), the white coat and purple shirt comes from "Dark Knight Returns" (1986), The Joker's brown waistcoat comes from "Joker" (2008).
The Enchantress is the name of villainous characters in both DC and Marvel Comics, who coincidentally both wield magic and are clothed in green. The Enchantress of Marvel is a rival of Thor, while DC's is not primarily an antagonist on any one hero. In this film, she has been completely re-designed in order to look visually different and unique.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Keanu Reeves, Oscar Isaac, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Matt Damon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Michael Fassbender, Joel Kinnaman and Jon Hamm were considered for the role of Deadshot. Kinnaman would later be cast as Rick Flag.
The first trailer for this film shown at Comic-Con 2015 featured a cover version of The Bee Gees's classic "I Started A Joke." This version was specifically created for that preview by trailer music company Confidential Music (with vocals by Becky Hanson), and made quite an impact with audiences. The cover version is included on the official soundtrack (which is remarkable as such cover versions created only for promotional material are normally not released to the public).
Just like his preparation to portray Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Jared Leto shaved his entire body (except his head) to play the Joker.
Writer Paul Dini, who created Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series (1992), said he found her look optimistic and promising.
This movie was filmed in Toronto, Ontario in June 2015 under the code name "Bravo 14."
This film takes place after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Scenes of Rick Flag and June Moon's romantic relationship, including him reading the files of the Suicide Squad recruits after Waller delivers them to him and a scene of Flag and Moon out on a date, were removed from the final cut.
Some of Katana's soul taker scenes, some of which were present in the trailers, with her eyes blackening as she uses her blade, didn't make it into the final cut.
The John F. Ostrander Federal Building was named after Suicide Squad creator John Ostrander.
David Ayer cast Cara Delevingne before there was an actual script. He asked her to prepare for her role as Enchantress by stripping naked in the woods, preferably underneath a full moon, and walking in the mud at night. She reportedly did so, on the secluded compound of her sister's mansion, for some much-needed privacy.
Killer Croc is based on his original debut appearance in the 80s (an aspiring criminal kingpin) and his appearance in the "Joker" comic (a huge black man with a skin condition who indulges in cannibalism).
Will Smith had lengthy talks with director David Ayer about his nasty past experiences, fears and frustrations, in order to get to the core of his character Deadshot. He later found that Ayer recalled some of these to him during filming, in order to get Smith into the right frame of mind.
Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and Octavia Spencer were all front runners for the role of Amanda Waller, before Davis was cast.
Harley's choker necklace has the word "puddin" written on it. This is one of the many pet names she used in the animated series when speaking to The Joker.
Belle Reve Penetentiary is the headquarters of the Suicide Squad. "Belle Reve" is a French mistranslation for "beautiful dream."
In an interview, director David Ayer said that in this film, a different side of Batman can be seen as he is shown from a villain's perspective.
The mercenary Deathstroke briefly had an appearance in this film, and Joe Manganiello was considered for the role. He would later appear in Ben Affleck's Batman movie.
David Ayer revealed in a Q&A on twitter that King Shark was originally going to appear in the film but would only have been possible as a fully CGI character, his replacement Killer Croc was portrayed practically with makeup and prosthetics.
Jared Leto revealed in an interview that among the infamous gifts he sent his co-stars were more appropriate items, too. "I did give some really nice, Sweet gifts as well," Leto said while promoting the film in New York city, "I gave cupcakes". But then he added with a devilish grin", "I don't think they should have eaten the cupcakes", he quipped, "I also wrote everyone a poem as well", Leto said adding, "It helped me think about who they were and kind of created this illusion of a relationship and make the circumstances a little more realistic". Leto then teased, "The funny thing about the gifts is no one has actually talked about the craziest stuff, I didn't get thank you notes for some of the gifts" Leto boasted, "I'm not going to say who or what or what specific gift was thanked, but there were a lot", "Joker likes to share his toys."
Scenes of El Diablo that were removed from the final cut include him observing the flame of a lit match, before putting it out due to his vow to no longer use his powers and being escorted to a training center by being placed in a tube that fills with water to quell his flames, and then unceremoniously dropped onto the ground.
Joker tells Harley that he has some grape soda waiting for her. Although this may be coincidence, Harley drank grape soda in one of her most famous comic books - Mad Love - as she waited for Batman to wake up to kill him.
Vixen, Multiplex and Mindboggler were added in the film's original script before being cut.
On July 11, 2015, the first trailer for this film was shown at Comic Con 2015. Warner Bros. did not intend the trailer to be widely seen, but later relented and publicly released the trailer a few days later.
In early cuts of the film, its opening detailed June Moon's posession by Enchantress in real time. Reshoots reshuffled the scene to be later in the movie in flashback form in favor of a new opening centered on Deadshot in the prison cell, watching the rain fall and thinking about his daughter.
In a joke segment called "First Drafts" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015), one of the taglines for Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), "We had twenty years to prepare. So did they", was spoofed, saying its first draft really was: "For 20 years Will Smith said 'NO.' So we just made it without him." Moreover, and similarly, for Smith's Suicide Squad (2016) released in the same year, which has one tagline that states, "Worst. Heroes. Ever.", the first draft was: "The movie Will Smith did instead of Independence Day [: Resurgence]".
The scene of the Joker interrogating Captain Griggs, including the line, "I can't wait to show you my new toys," was in several trailers, but was removed from the final cut.
Troian Bellisario turned down the role of June Moone/Enchantress due to scheduling conflicts with Pretty Little Liars (2010). Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Megan Fox, Ellen Page, Krysten Ritter, Emma Stone, Alicia Vikander, Shailene Woodley, Emilia Clarke, and Alexandra Daddario were all considered for the role.
The first footage of the movie was shown in a teaser trailer during the Warner Brothers panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2015. The trailer was meant to be a glorified sizzle real esentially highlighting the different characters, and Warner Bros had no intention of releasing it to the public. When a low quality version of the trailer that was filmed by someone in attendence at the panel surfaced online, Warner Bros. decided to release the high quality version to the public, technically making it the film's first official trailer
Shortly after arriving in Midway City, Deadshot asks for some help from Harley on an escape plan, and refers to getting some help from her 'Friend', the Joker. She replies with 'You're my friend too" which may be a possible allusion to Batman: Assault on Arkham, where there was a relationship between Harley, and Deadshot.
Margot Robbie has stated that if she wasn't cast as Harley Quinn she would like to attempt to play Amanda Waller.
Following the success of the movie's first wide-release trailer, featuring Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, its editors Trailer Park Inc. were invited to produce a cut of the movie. Their new music-heavy version was tested against David Ayer's own cut, although the released version of the movie incorporates ideas from both.
Diablo is revealed to be in the Hillside gang- which is visible on his jacket. In David Ayer's previous film Training Day, Alonzo hires this gang to kill Hoyt.
The songs chosen for the trailers - Spirit in the Sky, Bohemian Rhapsody and Ballroom Blitz - are in the Wayne's World movie soundtrack.
Cara Delevingne listened to rock music from Nick Cave and Megadeth to get into the right mood to play the Enchantress.
Ryan Gosling, Sharlto Copley and Matt Smith were considered for the role of the Joker.
Scott Eastwood's father Clint Eastwood was considered for the role of Two-Face on Batman (1966), before producers decided not to use the character.
Margot Robbie kept Harley Quinn's jacket.
With Harley Quinn and Killer Croc appearing for the first time in a live action film in Suicide Squad (2016), this now means every villain to appear in the famous Batman: The Animated Series (1992) episode Almost Got 'im has appeared in a live action film. The villains are Joker, Harley Quinn, Two Face, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc and Penguin.
Rumors that Christopher Plummer would appear in a cameo as Ra's Al Ghul did not turn out true.
Jared Leto had to prepare physically for the role of Joker (as it requires a lot of workout for being in the desired shape). But the actor was so fit and in shape already that within two months he got himself ripped & started shooting.
Early on in production, Scott Eastwood and Common were widely believed to be playing Jason Todd and The Tattooed Man respectively. Both of these rumors turned out to be false
Although she has prior martial arts experience with a brown striped belt in karate, Karen Fukuhara trained alongside her castmates during about 2 months of pre-production in order to learn how to wield a sword correctly.
Katana is never out of her costume. She is briefly seen without her mask, but for the entire movie she is wearing her superhero costume.
In the Comic-Con trailer for the movie, a version of Bee Gee's "I Started A Joke" is playing.
Will Smith portrays Deadshot and the costume for the character and all of his weapons will have written on them the phrase "I am the Light, the Way", an obvious reference to Jesus Christ. Will Smith starred as Robert Neville in "I Am Legend" (2007) and that character also has many references to Jesus Christ.
Cara Delevigne admits to not having read any Enchantress comics prior to accepting the role or during production of the film.
On the back of Harley Quinn's jacket, it says "Property of the Joker," saying that the Joker owns her.
In the Blitz trailer for Suicide Squad, two songs are playing: "You Don't Own Me" by Grace and "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet. The latter starting exactly halfway through the trailer.
Jai Courtney was rumor being in talks for Deadshot before being cast for Captain Boomerang.
As the movie was made by comic fans, it's full with Easter eggs considering other comic movies. For example, when Harley Quinn is robbing a necklace she destroys a showcase and the logo of the Watchmen can be seen in the back round.
Despite reports that Ike Barinholtz's character would be the main villain, this was far from true.
Captain Boomerang is traditionally a flash villain
Raymond Olubowale was initially reported to have been cast as Nanue / King Shark in the film though he does not appear in the final cut.
David Ayer was thought about giving Shia LeBouf a play but Warner Bros refuse because Shia had a bad reputation.
Although Task Force X works closely with US Navy SEALs, the film never reveals Rick Flag's branch of military service. Amanda Waller describes him simply as being an operative within the Special Forces.
Jai Courtney's ex girlfriend 'Gemma Pranita', a Thai-Australian actress, is a former co-star in Neighbours (2010-2012) and close to Margot Robbie.
Arkham Asylum's gates on the movie are identical to the ones from the TV show Gotham.
First DC film since Green Lantern (2011),first to feature Batman since 1997, first to feature The Joker, & first in the DCEU not to have any involvement at all from Christopher Nolan.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
During Harley's on screen "stats", it briefly flashes that she assisted in the murder of Robin.
Harley Quinn's origin is based on the Bruce Timm-Paul Dini story "Mad Love", where Harley was a psychiatrist who develops an obsessive infatuation with the Joker. While her doctor attire is based on the comic, her criminal attire is taken from her New 52 portrayal. Her plunge into the same chemicals that birthed the Joker is also from the New 52.
The Flash is briefly seen in the flashback to Captain Boomerang's initial apprehension. In the comics Captain Boomerang originated as a regular villain of The Flash's, and was part of Flash's Rogues Gallery.
The dead pig that Jared Leto sent the cast is actually seen when they're doing the feeding sessions to the inmates as they a drop the dead pig into Killer Croc's cell. It was later confirmed that this was the actual pig that was sent that was used in the film.
Chato Santana (Diablo)'s last words are in Spanish: "Ya te chingaste, wey!", which translate to "You're so fucked, dude!"
In early versions of the film, scenes reportedly included passing references to Slipknot being a serial rapist, likely to further paint him as unsympathetic to the audience ahead of his own death.
The scene of Joker breaking into the nano bomb manufacture facility to arrange for Harley Quinn's neck bomb to be disabled was initially longer in the original version.
After the mission is completed, Harley Quinn is shown sipping espresso and reading a book. The book is "Between The Sheets", by Molly O'Keefe, a Harlequin Romance writer. The temptation that Enchantress uses on Harley Quinn is an idealized romantic fantasy of a "happily ever after" life with Joker and two infants.
Zack Snyder directed a key scene of the film which involves The Flash apprehending Captain Boomerang in a flashback.
The song playing in the background while Harley Quinn is dancing in the Joker's club is "Purple Lamborghini.' The song is by Rick Ross and Skrillex and is featured on the film's soundtrack. Jared Leto appears as the Joker in the song's official music video.
Katana (Karen Fukuhara)'s final line in the film is in Japanese, but not subtitled: "Doko da? Mienai!" In English: "Where is she? I can't see her!"
The scene with Captain Boomerang convincing Slipknot that the bomb inside the neck is a ruse is directly taken by Ostrander's run. However, in the comics Slipknot loses an arm, but he survives.
The Joker kidnaps the professor in charge of the nanite bombs inserted in the necks of the squad and he persuades him to disarm Harley's device. He uses this tactic so Harley can escape the clutches of Rick Flag and Amanda Waller to reunite with him. However, her device appears to be re-activated when the squad eventually rescues Amanda Waller.
At the end credits, it is assumed Amanda Waller is aware that Bruce Wayne is Batman when she hands over the dossier of metahumans. He in response tells her that she better shut it (the suicide squad) down or he and his friends will. This alludes to him bringing about the teaming of the Justice League.
When the Joker is shown laying in the floor in his club, surrounded by weapons, in the top right corner there are two infant sized onesies, one pink and the other blue. This could be forshadowing the dream sequence that Harley Quinn has later in the film, where she and the Joker are married with twins, one boy and one girl.
The film contains references to the Suicide Squad feature Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014): -Amanda Waller brings the Squad together. -The Squad comprises of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, a man-beast (King Shark, Killer Croc) and a person with elemental powers (Killer Frost with ice, El Diablo with fire). -Batman and the Joker are involved.
Belle Reve Penitentiary is the facility that initially houses Killer Croc, El Diablo, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn but Captain Boomerang and Slipknot are not initially kept there. Captain Boomerang isn't detained at Belle Reve until after the squad's mission is complete.
Despite Batman being in the film, his most famous villain Joker never appears on screen with him. The closest they get is when Batman is on top of a car whilst Joker drives.
In killer croc's cell at the end of the film, the music video is he watching is Tech n9ne "dwamn".
This is the second time that The Flash shares a live action scene with Captain Boomerang. The first being on the CW TV show: The Flash (2014).
The villains' nature could be a reference taken from Nightshade's odissey, a story-arc of John Ostrander's run: here, it is revealed that the powers of Enchantress derive from the Succubus, a demonic entity which has a brother, Incubus.