Say what you will about the problematic final cut of Suicide Squad, but one thing everyone can at the least agree on is that the characters of Suicide Squad were memorable, both in style and personality. Thanks to one of the most impressive and colorful marketing campaigns seen in recent memory, audiences went into Suicide Squad excited to know more about every member of the titular black ops force without even knowing what the movie was actually about.
Each character who made up Task Force X had a unique backstory and quirk to them, like Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) being confident about his beauty and having Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) be a shameless Brony.
When the "Blitz" trailer first came out, some sharp-eyed viewers noticed that a pink stuffed unicorn fell out of Captain Boomerang's trench coat in the middle of a fight.
While some people dismissed this as Suicide Squad's weird attempt to be quirky or saw it as the movie's shoutout to Deadpool and his stuffed unicorn that he uses for his special bedroom needs, David Ayer assured audiences that the pink unicorn, dubbed "Pinky," was added to Captain Boomerang's regalia for more than just a visual gag.
David Ayer: "I thought [Boomerang] needed a little something kind of fun and silly... And it kept appearing throughout the film. It became a bit of a mascot."
The director went on to expound on this and reveal that Captain Boomerang was indeed a Brony, as some fans theorized after seeing the character's implied need to keep a stuffed unicorn on his person at all times.
David Ayer: "Yes, [he’s a] Brony... Which is fine. I think it’s a good thing and gives him a little hobby besides robbing banks."
For those not in the know, the word "Brony" is the term reserved for adult male fans of the popular My Little Pony children's cartoons. After actually seeing Suicide Squad and taking a second look at Captain Boomerang's energetic teaser trailer (below) — where Pinky and party favors were a recurring motif — David Ayer's statements about the eccentric character's favorite TV show make all kinds of sense, even if the punchline of this joke may never see the light of day.
Boomerang Believes In Magic
In Suicide Squad's climax, Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) tried to get the remaining squad members to join her side by tempting them with visions of their dreams and wildest fantasies. While Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) revealed their most vulnerable sides onscreen, Captain Boomerang and Katana (Karen Fukuhura) were unceremoniously ignored and were never given a chance to show audiences what it is they really want in life.
David Ayer revealed that the in an early version of the story, the beer-guzzling madman had a simple dream — one that contradicts the fan theory hypothesizing his dream as being too risque for Suicide Squad's PG-13 rating.
David Ayer: "I don’t know if we shot one. I know I’d written one at some point, yeah, if I remember correctly, it was basically like some sort of, you know, some kind of desert island fantasy, being fed grapes or something. It was, either that or a bunch of bunny rabbits. I can’t remember."
As much as Captain Boomerang reportedly loved Pinky, the closest we got to seeing his Brony affiliations were his introductory title card and a scene where he got defensive over Pinky during one of the movie's first major action sequences, right before any references to the stuffed unicorn completely vanished. Whether or not there was more unicorn bonding between Boomerang and Pinky will never be known unless Suicide Squad drops its deleted scenes or if the much demanded Ultimate Cut hits stores a few months from now.
Even if Captain Boomerang's vibrant dream sequence wasn't shown, it's nice to know that in DC's dark cinematic world that's under the mercy of superpowered beings from other worlds and dimensions, a man like Captain Boomerang can hold on to his innocent dreams of spending quality time with his best friend Pinky.
Boomerang isn't the only member of the squad with a strange quirk, just check out what's going on in Harley's head in the video below:
What was your favorite character quirk in Suicide Squad?