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April 19,2016

COMICBOOK.COM – When the Suicide Squad comes around, they will, believe it or not, have a leader. That leader is Rick Flag and he’ll be brought to life on the big screen by Joel Kinnaman.

Flag is tasked with rallying the group of anti-hero misfit criminals as they chase down the Joker (and apparently a more powerful villain, based on the trailers) on a thankless mission. Last week, ComicBook.com had the chance to catch up with Kinnaman on the red carpet for Warner Brothers’ CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas and hear all about the film.

“We had a ball on this movie,” Kinnaman started. “It really was just, from the get go, we all just got along and David Ayer, the director, he did this atmosphere and these challenges that we sort of had to overcome together. It was a lovefest the whole five months. It was tough but it was lovefest.”

“There’s just so much going on in this movie,” Kinnaman goes on. “It’s just so rich. This movie has like 8, 9, 10 characters that all have a lot of contrast and different sides and all get their moment and everybody playing them feels really committed to it. A lot seriousness, emotional depth, but then a lot fun and humor in this film. There’s a ton of stuff I look forward to seeing.”

While we didn’t get a chance to get inside the head of Rick Flag, we did hear Kinnaman’s thoughts about Jared Leto’s Joker. “The rest of the squad, we became a family. Jared [Leto], he was on the outside doing his thing. He did something really impressive with this role. He had some big shoes to fill and he sure as hell filled them.”

As for whether or not Suicide Squad will set up sequels or other films in the DC Films universe, Kinnaman simply says, “We’ll see.”

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.

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