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Movie Morsels: Viola Davis on David Ayer’s “Humanized” SUICIDE SQUAD

How good will Suicide Squad be? We have our first review in today’s Movie Morsels, courtesy of star Viola Davis, who, biased though she may be, claims she was “blown away by it.” Plus, we’ve got the latest on Uma Thurman and Ruth Wilson’s next films, and clips from Everest and No Escape!

Suicide Squad

Viola Davis

With Suicide Squad‘s principal photography now complete, our new Amanda Waller, a.k.a. Viola Davis, is talking her zero-bullshit recruiter while promoting her show How to Get Away with Murder‘s second season. Speaking with The New York Times, the actress reveals how many films she’s signed on for, which indicates we’ll indeed be getting a trilogy with the film’s characters:

I signed on for three, so it needed to be a great experience. This was a role that was just there to be fun. It was a chance to work with Will Smith, you know?

In a separate interview with Deadline, Davis remarks:

DC Comics have a tendency to have darker characters. You know, Batman is a darker character, Harley Quinn, the Joker, and what David Ayer has managed to do is humanize them. I think that you see it in the trailer too–just something different about it that makes you lean in. What he’s explored is the pathology behind all of these characters, so you just get that extra spin that gives you the flavor and a look which is very different. And at the same time you get all the stuff that you’ve gotten before, which is the action, the special effects, the great makeup. I’m blown away by the movie. Once I saw the trailer, I was like, “Oh, my God. He really is a magician.” I mean, I had no idea. So, it’s been a real pleasure working on it with David Ayer.

Of course, as longtime comics fans know, outside of the characters Davis names, DC has, for the most part, only had “darker” characters in their comics since The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. When the company took the “gritty” template of these books and applied it to heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman, they weren’t really designed to be dark. But I digress… Suicide Squad arrives on August 5, 2016. In addition to the aforementioned Smith, it co-stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, and Adam Beach.


The Brits Are Coming

Uma Thurman

Joining the previously announced Uma Thurman and Kristin Chenoweth in the Ango-American comedy The Brits Are Coming are some bonafide Brits, including Tim Roth, Stephen Fry, and Alice Eve, as well as Yankees Parker Posey and Maggie Q. Thurman and Roth play a couple of Brit con artists who flee Old Blighty for the USA after a poker game puts them in the debt of one pissed-off Maggie Q. Hilarity, presumably, ensues. James Oakley directs the 2016 release.

[The AV Club]


Josh Brolin has gotten himself in a spot of bother (sorry, Brits still on the brain) in the latest clip from the 3D epic Everest, co-starring Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Everest opens on September 18th.


No Escape

Hungry for more movie stars in danger? Here’s another clip of Owen Wilson in the thriller No Escape, in which he plays a dad looking for his daughter amidst a backdrop of political turmoil. Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan star in this August 26th release from writer-director John Erick Dowdle.


The Titan

The Affair

And in our last story for the week… After wowing audiences in TV’s The Affair, Ruth Wilson is heading into the future along with sci-fi vet Sam Worthington for the romantic drama The Titan. Lennart Ruff directs and Kingsman‘s Sofia Boutella co-stars in this “futuristic love story [that] follows a military family who take part in an experiment involving space exploration.”

[The Wrap]

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