Most of us probably could tell you quite a few reasons on why ‘Suicide Squad‘ didn’t resonate with audiences though actor Joel Kinnaman is sharing why he thinks it didn’t work. Kinnaman played Colonel Rick Flag in the movie, and his focus wasn’t on pacing, editing, most of the plot, or Jared Leto‘s take on The Joker but the last act of the film. It seems as if the third act had gone in a different direction the actor thinks audiences would have enjoyed it.
Here is what he had to say in a recent interview:
“In the third act. It was a great setup, great characters. I think that if, when we do a second one, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more of a grounded version of the film. I think the characters are so extreme, so I think it would be more effective if we’re seeing them [around] maybe less sorcery. Because I think the characters become more extreme if you see them in conjunction with more real people.”
Even director David Ayer has apologized about this in a way stating that The Joker should have been the main villain of the movie. This change would have made it more grounded, but as Leto’s take has been quite divisive, that might not have worked out too well either.
I don’t think that just changing the third act to taking on a villain that was less supernatural would have fixed the multitude of issues with the film. Making it The Joker as Ayer suggested could have been great for developing Quinn’s story but likely would have been entirely over the top in a different way with how the character “loves” her in the movie compared to every other previous iteration of the pair.
Do you agree with Joel Kinnaman that it was primarily the last act of the film which made audiences not enjoy ‘Suicide Squad’? Would a more grounded villain for them to take down have let us forgive the rest of the mistakes in the film? Share your thoughts below!