Director James Gunn has released some BTS footage of the original battle choreography for Harley Quinn’s escape scene in Suicide Squad:
James Gunn, the director of The Suicide Squad, has revealed a behind-the-scenes video of the original combat choreography for Harley Quinn’s escape sequence. The Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie’s third stint as DC’s beloved Clown Princess of Crime, heralded a return to form for the DCEU, which had suffered a series of critical and commercial setbacks in its early years. This featured the much-maligned 2016 Suicide Squad, which presented Robbie as Harley Quinn for the first time. Gunn’s take on the DC property was praised for its fast-paced action and twisted sense of humor, grossing over $167 million at the global box office, and it is believed that over four million households watched the picture in the first ten days of its simultaneous release on HBO Max. Harley Quinn’s return to Belle Reve prison, as well as Amanda Waller’s undercover Task Force X following her first breakout depicted at the conclusion of the original 2016 film, were both included in The Suicide Squad. Gunn has claimed the picture has more practical effects than the whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe combined. Gunn enlisted stunt coordinator Guy Norris, who also worked in the same position on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad instalment. Norris, a long-established stunt performer who began his career as a member of the stunt squad on 1981’s Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, is also returning to the Mad Max franchise as the supervising stunt coordinator for the Fury Road prequel Furiosa, which is set to be released in 2024.
Gunn used Twitter to post a video of Norris and his Suicide Squad stunt crew for the movie’s escape sequence:
Recently, Gunn took to Twitter to post a video of Norris and his Suicide Squad stunt crew preparing for the film’s now-famous escape sequence. The scene in question takes place as Harley is fighting her way out of the Corto Maltese presidential residence. The original combat choreography, shot in slow motion, reveals the obvious expertise of those involved in the production as well as the immense amount of labor that went into creating the final sequence. Watch Gunn’s video below:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 22, 2021
The final sequence is a visual feast, with digitally produced floral effects replacing the shower of blood and much more:
While the finished sequence is a visual feast, with digitally produced floral effects replacing the shower of blood, this stripped-down version of the scenario is still a plainly excellent demonstration of stunt work and a wonderful treat for fans of The Suicide Squad. Even without the luxury of editing and visual effects, it’s obvious to see how many of the same motions made it to the screen in the end product. While it is easy for moviegoers to appreciate the film’s more obvious actors, such as Robbie, Idris Elba, and John Cena, it is evident that Gunn’s whole team went above and beyond for his R-rated DC epic. While Gunn is now back on the Marvel side of the fence and has begun production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he definitely remembers his time working with DC, especially with the spinoff Peacemaker series due to launch on HBO Max early next year. Many fans are eager to see Gunn return to the DCEU when his stint on Guardians of the Galaxy concludes, which the director has recently revealed is very definitely on the cards. While it is unknown what Gunn’s next DC project will be, most Suicide Squad fans appear to be rooting for Robbie’s return as the much-loved Harley Quinn.
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