It seems that James Gunn spent quite a bit of time and money on building sets for The Suicide Squad, and then promptly set about destroying them.
After years of green and blue screen taking over the industry, there seems to be a movement towards at least some practical sets and effects once again. And to that end, James Gunn went all out for The Suicide Squad.
Speaking with Empire for its cover story on the upcoming film, Gunn said, “It was becoming more and more blue-screen on my other movies, and it sort of bums me out a little to be spending three weeks on a set that is just a few painted purple rocks. But The Suicide Squad is a big film with so many practical effects. We were really building giant sets.”
Producer Peter Safran said, “This is the largest construction project on any movie [Warner Bros.] have ever done.”
Producer Charles Roven added, “I know we did a lot of construction, but I would say for sure that this is probably the biggest movie of destruction that Warner Bros. ever made. We definitely blow up a lot of stuff.”
Special effects supervisor Dan Sudick agreed with everything that was said. Having worked on all of the Marvel Studios films shot in Atlanta, he added that “he thinks he did more special effects on this movie than all the Marvel movies combined. And that really is true because we’re crushing cars, we’re blowing up tons of stuff, we’re doing tons of squibs.”
It sounds as though The Suicide Squad is going to be wall-to-wall action and we can’t wait for it.
The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.