James Gunn’s latest superhero project, The Suicide Squad, has been receiving a lot of attention lately – from fans and critics alike. Many insist that it is a significant update from David Ayer’s 2016 disaster, claiming that Gunn’s rendition of the beloved superhero characters has everything in that the previous film did not. It was reported that viewership on streaming services ballooned up to 2.8 million in the first four days of its release.
The Suicide Squad stars Idris Elba as Bloodsport, a mercenary who signs up for his Task Force X in order to reduce the length of his prison sentence so that he can see his daughter again. Gunn described the character as his very own Steve McQueen: “He’s the unsentimental portrayal of a 1960s action hero but without the moral repercussions of those characters.” Storm Reid, who appears in the critically acclaimed HBO series Euphoria, plays the part of Bloodsport’s daughter Tyla.
In an exclusive interview with Variety, Reid reflected on the experiences she acquired while working in Gunn’s blockbuster: “I did not find that out until I had my meeting with Mr. James. I was super excited because I’m a big fan of Mr. Idris. We go at it in the film, so to have that love and comfortability on set with Mr. James and Mr. Idris, and then to be able to challenge my acting chops with him during the scene was fun.”
Adding, “It is very intimidating, especially the way you put it, cursing out Idris Elba! It’s all part of the fun of acting, stepping into your character’s shoes and trying to embody a character, but also not neglect your raw emotion as a human being. They all made me feel comfortable. We had a day of going back and forth. Mr. James, he really made us go at it and had us do it a lot of different ways. I think the cut that made it into the movie is really darn good and I’m proud of it.”
Reid also compared her role in The Suicide Squad to some of her other characters, claiming that a sense of liberty underlines all her roles: “All of my characters have had their moments of breaking free and expressing themselves unabashedly. I did get to experience a lot of that in Euphoria, where everything is basically high stakes and very emotional — especially in Season 2. I mean, it wasn’t unfamiliar.”
The actress also explained why superhero films have an incredible appeal among many young fans, commenting on how the idea of heroism and humanism have morphed together in modern superhero films. Reid said: “What makes a superhero movie cool is the costumes and being able to be of service and save people — to operate from a space of like, ‘I’m a superhero, but I’m also flawed and I do make mistakes and I don’t say the right things sometimes, but I’m putting my life on the line for other people’— I think that’s just super duper cool.”
Watch the trailer for James Gunn’s latest blockbuster project The Suicide Squad below.