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Fury director’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad described as ‘Dirty Dozen with supervillains’

Warner Bros. only just announced that a Suicide Squad movie directed by David Ayer would be included in its lineup of upcoming films based on DC Comics properties. With Ayer’s World War II tank drama Fury currently rolling into theaters here in the U.S. and abroad, the filmmaker has been making the press rounds — and a certain team of government-sanctioned supervillains tasked with carrying out difficult missions has popped up in a few interviews.

Speaking with Empire, Ayer said Fury paved the way, creatively, for his work on the upcoming DC Comics supervillain team-up tale.

Fury whetted my appetite for a bigger canvas and this idea of world creation,” he said. “You can do amazing things as a filmmaker if you have the proper tools, and those are time and money.”

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While he couldn’t reveal any details about the plot of the film — or which characters from the DC Comics stable will be featured in it — Ayer described the film as “Dirty Dozen with supervillains,” adding that it poses the question, “Does a movie really need good guys?”

As for making the transition from gritty war- and crime-based dramas to the world of superheroes and supervillains, Ayer said he’s excited about the potential an environment like that offers to filmmakers.

“I love the passion [comic-book fans] have for these characters and these worlds,” he said. “I think there’s something incredible about the comic genre and technology has finally caught up with pen and ink to render these fantastic worlds in a way that feels believable and visceral to audiences. It’s a secular religion in that regards. The mythology that these characters represent – the idea of them as fallen gods on Earth – is intriguing to me. I can’t wait to start exploring those corridors.”

Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters August 5, 2016.