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Suicide Squad: Captain Boomerang’s racism was ‘toned down’, says Jai Courtney


Jai Courtney says Captain Boomerang was ‘toned down’ for the Suicide Squad movies after the original comic book character was racist

Jai Courtney says his version of Captain Boomerang in the Suicide Squad films was very different to the character’s comic book counterpart.

The actor, 35, told The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Tuesday that Boomerang’s overt racism had to be ‘toned down’ for the movie to avoid offending modern audiences. 

‘When I first heard about [the character] I thought it sounded pretty silly,’ Jai said of his initial reaction to the role.

Updates: Jai Courtney (pictured in February 2020) says his version of Captain Boomerang in the Suicide Squad films was very different to the character’s comic book counterpart 

‘In the original comics, he’s kind of controversial,’ he added. ‘There’s some pretty gnarly racist stuff. It’s very dated, very early ’60s.’  

‘It’s not something you can put on screen now and necessarily be proud of.’ 

He explained the Suicide Squad writer had to ‘pull some of the elements’ of the character forward and ‘modernise it’.

'It's not something you can put on screen now and necessarily be proud of': Speaking on the Kyle and Jackie O' show, the actor explained they had to 'pull some of the elements' of the character forward. Pictured: Captain Boomerang on the cover of an old 'The Flash' comic book

‘It’s not something you can put on screen now and necessarily be proud of’: Speaking on the Kyle and Jackie O’ show, the actor explained they had to ‘pull some of the elements’ of the character forward. Pictured: Captain Boomerang on the cover of an old ‘The Flash’ comic book

In the original DC Comics, Captain Boomerang was a racist white Australian who used the offensive slur ‘abo’ – short for Aboriginal – to refer to black people.

But these unsavoury aspects of his character were eliminated for the Suicide Squad movies.

Jai is rejoined in the latest movie, The Suicide Squad, by fellow Aussie Margot Robbie, who is reprising her role as Harley Quinn.  

Watch this space! Meanwhile, Jai is gearing up to reprise his role as Captain Boomerang along with fellow Aussie Margot Robbie as the iconic Harley Quinn

Watch this space! Meanwhile, Jai is gearing up to reprise his role as Captain Boomerang along with fellow Aussie Margot Robbie as the iconic Harley Quinn

The movie also stars Idris Elba, John Cena, Pete Davidson and Sylvester Stallone. 

The Suicide Squad sees the government send the most dangerous supervillains in the world to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Director James Gunn, best known for helming Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy, has said the film is neither a reboot or sequel of the 2016 David Ayer-directed movie Suicide Squad.

The Suicide Squad hits Australian cinemas on Thursday, August 5

Coming soon: The synopsis for the highly-anticipated DC Comics flick reads: 'The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese'

Coming soon: The synopsis for the highly-anticipated DC Comics flick reads: ‘The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese’

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