James Gunn on The Suicide Squad and Lollipop Chainsaw Connection

If you're going to use a pre-existing film, comic, video game, or any form of media to forge your own story – it's always important to give credit where credit is due. At this point in modern film, it's difficult to find any movie that isn't inspired by another or a reboot of a concept or simply one that pulls inspiration for key scenes, and James Gunn is no different.

In The Suicide Squad, we witness Harley Quinn completely kick ass in an all-out hallway brawl that to eagle-eyed gamers might feel very familiar. In an interview over at Collider, the writer and director opened up about the scene, as well as the video game that inspired the action-heavy moment. Gunn details, "In [Lollipop Chainsaw], which I did was with [Goichi Suda] in Japan, I always loved the way that the hearts and beautiful little things came out of people mixed with blood," he explains before adding, "So, a lot of it goes back to that, the aesthetic of mixing this horrible gore with Harley's starry-eyed way of looking at life and creating Harley-vision basically. So that was something that came on very early. It was in the first draft of the script."

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Copyright: © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Credit: Jessica Miglio/™ & © DC Comics. Caption: MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure "THE SUICIDE SQUAD," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

If you're not too familiar with the two-generation console old video game, Lollipop Chainsaw was written by Gunn, made as a hack-and-slash video game in which players play as Juliet as she fights through endless hordes of zombies. Breaking down the major premise of the gameplay, the official synopsis straightforwardly explains, "Juliet can use melee attacks, dodges, and high and low attacks with her chainsaw."

Since the game earned itself a lot of positive buzz and impressive sales for being such a niche concept, fans have waited for a sequel since 2012 – but we'll just have to appreciate the weird inspiration-like crossover moment that connects our own geeky multiverse instead.

Did you spot the Lollipop Chainsaw reference in The Suicide Squad?

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