If you’ve already seen Suicide Squad, then you know the ending easily sets up a sequel for the film. I just hope that David Ayer actually gets to make the sequel. At this point, who knows what's going to happen. The movie is doing pretty well at the box office, but the critics have bashed the hell out of it. I’m going to get into some ending details, so if you haven’t seen the film, you might not want to read ahead.
At the end of Suicide Squad, the Task Force X team members are locked back up in Belle Reve prison. Captain Boomerang is begging to be let out, and Harley Quinn is in her cage sipping an espresso when all of a sudden there’s a huge explosion and The Joker comes in to save her like a knight in shining armor.
The reason Ayer ended the film this way is because he obviously had some ideas about where he wanted to take the sequel if he got a chance to do that. During an interview with Collider, the director said:
“I don't want to give stuff away but ... anything is possible, and that's the thing. For as much control and command Amanda Waller has over these guys, at the end of the day, they're supervillains and they're going to do supervillain stuff. Plus, the Joker/Harley relationship just seemed like the right button for the movie. It opens so many doors, if another one of these were ever to turn up under a rock somewhere.”
I would love to see a movie that takes The Joker and Harley Quinn on a twisted adventure. I wish there would have been a film focused on the two characters before Suicide Squad to help set up their story a little more fully, but I’ll take a continuation of that story in a sequel — even a solo film — if the studio wants to take things in that direction. We already know the studio is planning a Harley Quinn movie, but is that something The Joker would be involved with? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Margot Robbie would love a Harley and Joker spinoff movie. While speaking to Tipsy Talk, she said that “there’s just so much more to do.” I couldn’t agree with her more.
The director also talked about the rating of the film. Jared Leto previously said he thought the film should have been rated R, but the PG-13 rating is something that Ayer was planning from the very beginning, and he said he enjoyed the challenge of making that happen:
“This was always going to be a PG-13 from its inception. To me Deadpool is a bit of an outlier and I don’t know that that’s something you can model on, I honestly don’t know if that is an itch you can keep scratching with multiple projects, and I think that that’s also such a specific animal, and this thing was never intended to be R-rated so the material to do that didn’t exist and I found myself being my own sort of traffic cop on set just keeping, you know, 'Alright guys let’s keep it family, we’re not gonna do that, chill out. Don’t say that, no, no. Put the blood away, we’re not gonna see it. Say the F-bomb, then do it again without the F-bomb.' It was a bit of an out-of-body experience after the movies I have made in the past, but at the same time we got the rating with no problem and I kind of like it, I liked the challenge of that and it’s almost like in the ‘50s and the ‘40s the writing was spectacular because you had to talk around things and you had to be smart about how you communicate to people, and I enjoyed that challenge.”
If you haven’t seen Suicide Squad yet, you should check it out. I know it’s getting slammed by critics, but go see it and form your own opinion because I thought it was a blast.
If Warner Bros. does decide to make a follow-up to Suicide Squad, would you rather see a direct sequel with all the characters coming back or a film that focuses on Harley Quinn and The Joker?