“The Suicide Squad” is, by its very nature, a violent film. The comic books the film is based around center on a task force comprised mostly of supervillains forced against their will to help Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) take on nigh-impossible missions. Waller’s combatants are criminals, not heroes — at least not in the traditional sense — and each of them has an explosive device implanted at the base of their skulls. In other words, even if someone from Waller’s Taskforce X were to somehow survive their mission, there’s still a chance Waller might just pop their head like a grape.
James Gunn’s latest adaptation of the team “The Suicide Squad” goes all the way on the gruesome and gory nature of the comic book source material. In fact, the entire opening of the film introduces us to a new character named Savant (Michael Rooker), makes us care about him, connects him with characters fans already love like Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), only to have Waller blow his head off when he flees the mission. In fact, every single character other than Harley and Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) dies during the opening — each death more horrific than the last.
In short: when James Gunn says that there was a scene from “The Suicide Squad” that Warner Bros. thinks went too far when compared with the entire, grizzly opening, you know it’s pretty bad. So what is the one scene Gunn had to fight to keep in the film?