The director of the highly anticipated The Suicide Squad, James Gunn shared a behind-the-scenes image from the set. He described the difficulties that the cast and crew faced while shooting the movie’s iconic Jotunheim scene.
It was set on the South American island of Corto Maltese where the audience saw the newly created Task Force X. This included Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, John Cena’s Peacemaker and many others. They had the task of demolishing a former WWII base which turned into a top-secret facility called Jotunheim.
The sequel to the 2016 Suicide Squad, saw the movie open with great critical acclaim but the box-office performance has been disappointing. This was possible because of the growing Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus.
In the scene, when The Suicide Squad’s remaining members had to infiltrate Jotunheim, they face a lot of opposition and had to contend with heavy rain. This was where Project Starfish was being held with the help of Peter Capaldi’s Thinker. The scene was visually stunning and also lengthy. The heavy rainfall was achieved through an enormous rig that simulated the deluge. However, it was an outdoor shoot and filming depended on the elements.
As the director posted the image on Instagram, he described the scene as “one of the hardest to manage” because they had to shoot in various stages of “disarray and various weather over a period of months”. James added that it became difficult to manage the weather conditions with his original vision of the scene. It was also difficult to maintain the continuity between shots.
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The director, however, thanked the camera tricks and colour-timing which he describes as seamless in the movie. He included Robbie, Elba, David Dastmalchian and Steve Agee in the description for doing the motion capture for King Shark. The director has been actively posting on social media; and giving the audience behind-the-scenes information about the making of The Suicide Squad.
Peter Capaldi had also discussing shooting the scene of Jotunheim as it was his first day on set. They described how impressive the rig was to ensure the rain flowed properly. The external Jotunheim scene became the most striking in the movie; and the weather perfectly fitted to the tone and added the level of drama. It was pretty understandable why James wanted the weather conditions to be perfect.
The director has clearly done an excellent job despite the difficulties which came with the external shoot. This only tells us that he will be able to bring brilliance to both; the upcoming Peacemaker spin-off series as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.