Suicide Squad takes the DC film universe in a new and different direction by focusing on the bad guys and their stories. I have mixed feelings about the film, but overall enjoyed the experience. This companion book, "Behind the Scenes with the Worst Heroes Ever", is absolutely wonderful. It's a hybrid of a making-of journal and an art book. There's a ton of information about the movie, the cast of characters, and the filmmaking process; and it's supplemented with a bunch of imagery (including a healthy dose of concept art and set photos).
Characters are front and center in the book. The text discusses the importance of each role, casting the part, and the actor's process in finding the character. The most interesting aspect is seeing the various design concepts and costume sketches - it's fascinating to see how the look of the characters (Harley Quinn and the Joker in particular) evolved over time and eventually got to their finished form. The book devotes a fair number of pages to all members of the Squad, including the more secondary characters such as Slipknot and Captain Boomerang.
My favorite portion of the book is the section "All Inked Up", which discusses the importance of the tattoos to the characters and shows in high detail the tattoos that appear on the Joker, Harley, and Diablo. The book also provides a closer look at the weapons of the film; whether a gun, a bat, or a boomerang, it's detailed in this book.
Much like the Dark Knight Manual, this book is made even more interesting by the inclusion of various artifacts inserted throughout the book (some can be removed). The full list of inserts is below.
List of Inserts
- Waller's confidential files on the Squad members
- Zoe's letter to Deadshot (removable)
- Belle Reve Poster 12x14"
- Diablo's Pressure Chamber blueprints (removable)
- CIA Report on the June Moore incident in Peru
- Joker tattoos (removable)
- Joker playing card (removable)
- Dr. Quinzel's Arkham Staff ID
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