The Suicide Squad’s James Gunn Reveals The Most Difficult Sequence To Film

Harley Quinn confused about Milton.

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The DC Extended Universe recently expanded thanks to James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The R-rated blockbuster featured a ton of dizzying action and gnarly kills, all coming from the twisted mind of Gunn himself. And now the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker has revealed the most difficult sequence to film, complete with photos from the set.

Throughout filming and the editing process, James Gunn has consistently shared what a great time he had working on The Suicide Squad. But that doesn’t mean that creating the massive DC flick wasn’t without its difficulties. Gunn opened up about how the office flood scene was particularly challenging, as he put it,

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The man’s got a point. Because while the scene where Task Force X is being flooded with water lasts mere seconds, it was a huge undertaking. Let’s break down what James Gunn is sharing with the rabid fanbase.

The above post comes to us from James Gunn’s personal Instagram account. He’s super active on social media, helping to peel back the curtain on his creative process for projects like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad. That includes the revelation that such a small scene ended up being the biggest hassle to capture. As his caption reads:

Flood office. Drain. Repeat. Of the many difficult scenes to shoot in The Suicide Squad the flooding and collapse of the office space in Jotunheim was probably the most difficult, often times working all day for just a few seconds of film.

Touche. While there are plenty of action sequences, visual effects, and explosions throughout The Suicide Squad’s 132-minute runtime, the office flooding sequence was still the hardest. Namely because of the amount of time and resources it took to reset for each take.

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The Jotunheim chapter of The Suicide Squad was defintiely an exciting one, especially as characters like Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, and Polka-Dot Man attempt to survive as the tower crumbled around them. That includes the sudden rain of water when explosions cause King Shark and his “new dumb friends” to meet as their fish tank breaks open.

But as challenging as this scene might have been, it ultimately paid off in the theatrical cut of The Suicide Squad. Fans and critics alike praised James Gunn’s DCEU debut, and are already eager to see him return following the Peacemaker spinoff series. The visionary filmmaker seems interested as well, although first he’ll dive back into the MCU for a number of Guardians of the Galaxy projects.

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Corey Chichizola
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.