Much of the love and anticipation for Suicide Squad has been geared towards Joker and Harley Quinn, especially in the film’s trailers. It’s understandable, considering the Joker has always been a big draw and people are enamored with Quinn’s impending cinematic debut. Among some of the characters being left on the sidelines is Katana, a character many are now more familiar with thanks to her stellar appearances on Arrow. Later this summer she, too, will get a big screen introduction, and the actress bringing her to life, Karen Fukuhara, has had plenty to say about the character’s Soul Taker sword, Joker and more.
In an interview with Comicbook.com, Fukuhara talks of the warrior’s loyalty, saying, “She’s very loyal to Amanda Waller and Rick Flag. She works under them and keeps a rowdy bunch in line. She’s a protector and a fierce warrior.”
She also spoke of what can be expected of Katana’s power and the possessed sword she expertly wields. “She has her husband’s soul in her sword, and I got to talk to Maseo throughout the film, and yes, of course that’s the in the film, but you’ll have to wait and see how much of it plays into the movie.”
Fukuhara continued speaking on the action her character takes part in, as well as explaining that she was able to do all of her own sword work and most of her own stunts.
“I was really lucky because I blessed with a really great stunt double and stunt coordinator and they taught me all of the choreography during pre-production,” the actress explained. “I was able to do all of my own stunts except for one dive role, but all of my stunts. So, yeah, I got to run on top of a car, I did all of my sword work… It really made a difference when I knew everything from muscle memory and I didn’t have to think about it when the cameras were rolling.”
Like the rest of Suicide Squad’s cast, she spoke fondly of Jared Leto’s Joker, but noted that she’s only met the Clown Prince of Crime. “I’ve seen him on set, I’ve met him, I’ve introduced myself, but everything has been like, ‘Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Hi, pretty,’ ” Fukuhara says. “I’d be like, ‘Hi, I’m Karen,’ and he’d be like, ‘Haaaa.’ ”
While the hype for the film continues to reach above and beyond, we’ll know if it was all worth it once Suicide Squad arrives in theaters on August 5.
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