James Gunn reveals he preferred practical effects to CGI for 'The Suicide Squad'

Tom Beasley
James Gunn attends the grand opening of the 'Guardians of The Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disneyland in 2017. (Photo by Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

James Gunn has revealed he favoured the use of practical effects over CGI for his upcoming superhero team-up movie The Suicide Squad.

In a series of tweets, the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker said he used practical effects “wherever possible” on the new movie — a reboot of David Ayer’s widely panned 2016 film.

Recently, Gunn told a fan on Instagram that The Suicide Squad contains more practical sets and effects work than all of his other movies combined.

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The director made extensive use of practical effects on his low-budget early work, including creature feature Slither and hard-edged superhero comedy Super.

He said on Twitter that CGI can be “beautiful and spectacular and necessary”, but that he was concerned about filmmakers “relying on post production to do the work that should be done in production”.

Gunn’s The Suicide Squad sees the director crossing the floor of the superhero studio divide to work with DC, before returning to the Marvel world for the third Guardians of the Galaxy adventure.

The 53-year-old signed on to direct the movie after he was sacked by Marvel in 2018 when bad taste jokes he had made on Twitter resurfaced and drew criticism.

After a campaign by the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, as well as a fan petition, Gunn was re-hired in March 2019 to complete his trilogy.

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His take on The Suicide Squad will share little narrative DNA with the previous film, but does see cast members including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney reprise their roles.

'Suicide Squad' was a box office hit, but a critical disappointment, in 2016. (Credit: DC/Warner Bros)

Robbie recently portrayed Quinn for the second time in Birds of Prey, which was an R-rated take on the character — the same rating as The Suicide Squad is intended to receive.

Other than these returning cast members, Gunn has assembled an A-list roster including Idris Elba, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, Taika Waititi and Storm Reid.

Gunn recently posted a group photo of the huge The Suicide Squad cast and crew to mark the end of principal photography on the movie.

MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN),” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Gunn is due to begin work on the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie shortly after he is finished with The Suicide Squad.

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It was reported last year that Marvel hopes to have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in front of cameras before the end of 2020.

The Suicide Squad is due in UK cinemas from 6 August, 2021.