Why was SLIPKNOT BACKSTORY missing from Suicide Squad?

It has been a week since the worldwide release of Suicide Squad. The movie has already amassed close to 400 million dollars at the box-office. It is looking to set new records in spite of a negative critical appraisal. All of those who have watched the movie might have noticed that SLIPKNOT BACKSTORY is missing from the introductions at the beginning.


Here is why there was no SLIPKNOT backstory in the film:

In a recent podcast, director of the film, David Ayer explained why his intro was left out. As it turns out, there was a sequence for SLIPKNOT, but it was left out because of overcrowding and time issues. David Ayer said,

Yeah we shot one, but after a point it became overloaded, ya know, so you have to cull and pick and choose your battles, and Slipknot gets his head blown off pretty quick, so ya know, I made a commitment early on not to try and create some kind of misdirect because when you have that many characters every frame of real estate is priceless, and I didn’t want to invest in that real estate to create some misdirect because after opening night everyone knows he dies anyway.

Now, on Ayer’s part, it does make sense as to why the left out the backstory. The pacing of Suicide Squad was already slow in the first half as Amanda Waller introduced the characters. It was a fun introduction and we got to see the BAT and THE FLASH too. So, as a film-maker, it does answer that question.

Of course, they could have kept the intro as it wouldn’t have affected the run-time as much and keep the audience hooked on. Again since he was supposed to die, that makes that introduction a bit insignificant! Thus when Rick Flag blew his head out, it didn’t make much of a difference to the audience.

What did you think of Slipknot’s death and his character?Do mention in the comments below.

Aditya Goel

Aditya Goel is the CEO and Publisher of QuirkyByte. He has 14 different Specializations varying from Mathematics to Computer Programming and has written for various blogs and worked as a freelance writer, programmer and developer on Elance and Freelancer. Very passionate about Technology, Movies, International TV shows especially White Collar and Cricket as a sport.
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