One theme that seems to show up in Suicide Squad is tattoos, whether it’s the many tattoos the Joker has, the tattoo-style character logos seen in promo posters and magazine covers, or the promotional tattoos given out at SXSW, which unfortunately weren’t inked by expert tattoist Margot Robbie (even if she occasionally misspells them). In a very extensive interview with director David Ayer and several cast and crew members, Yahoo! learned quite a bit about Ayer’s intentions with this tatted-up iteration of the Joker, the Joker’s “working class” background, Jared Leto’s much-ballyhooed (and sometimes inappropriate) method acting, and how Ayer brought the “skwad” closer together in rehearsals by having them literally punch each other.
Yes, they punched each other in rehearsals. Ayer explains, “It wasn’t a normal rehearsal, we’d talk about their lives, their history, and really got them to open up as people to each other. I also had them fight. I had them fight each other. You learn a lot about who a person really is when you punch them in the face. It gets rid of a lot of the actor stuff.”