Jay Hernandez Discusses Suicide Squad's Place in the Evolution of Super Hero Films

Jay Hernandez Discusses Suicide Squad's Place in the Evolution of Super Hero Films

With his debut as the flame-throwing El Diablo fast approaching this August in Suicide Squad, Jay Hernandez gives an interview discussing what it's like to play a little known character, as well as Suicide Sqaud's role in the grand scheme of all things Super Hero Movie.

On the perks of playing a D-List Character:

As a lesser known member of the squad, there wasn’t as much anticipation and there wasn’t people saying, “You’re veering off doctrine". There’s a certain level of freedom that I thought was great.” 

On Suicide Squad's place in the "evolution" of super hero movies:


"Suicide Squad is the next step. Everything starts somewhere and is going to end somewhere. I think this is that next step in the evolution of super hero movies… [There are] characters from the other movies that have come in onto our project. It’s interesting because, as a filmmaker and as a writer, you have to make it make sense. You have to find some way to infuse characters that aren’t really part of the narrative, but still have it make sense and have it not just be this weird piece where you’re setting up the other movie. It’s fluid and it has to feel right.”

Praise for director David Ayer:

“Everyone kind of discovered who we each were throughout this process,” says Hernandez. “As things would come out about certain individuals — stuff that [David] did not know — would just be so perfectly connected to the character they were playing. How did he know that before he ever heard this story? He’s f–g intuitive. Somehow he sees qualities in people that come from something and he knows how to use that to get at the character he’s trying to put out there.”

Giving thanks to the fans:


"There’s an audience of fans who are wildly excited about it. They’re committed to the process and the making of the film as much as we are. DC fans want this to be a success. That’s powerful, man.”

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016

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