Cara Delevingne talks Suicide Squad in W's June/July issue
When Cara Delevingne was a child, she dreamed of being Spider-Man. "It was the sense of dressing up and feeling really tough," Delevingne said on a beautiful spring day in New York. She had arrived at the W photo shoot directly from the airport, having flown in early that morning from Las Vegas, where her new film, Suicide Squad (out August 5), was on the lineup at CinemaCon, an annual industry event that celebrates all things major and upcoming in the movie business. In Suicide Squad, which is based on the darkest of the DC Comics, a gang of sociopathic archvillains unite to complete a highly classified government mission. It features an all-star cast, including Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Ben Affleck, and Jared Leto, who, as the Joker, took his character to Method Acting extremes: He powdered his skin, dyed his hair multiple shades, and sent his fellow actors gifts such as sticky copies of Playboy, anal beads, and what appeared to be a used condom.
Suicide Squad was shrouded in secrecy, but Delevingne could reveal that, like Spider-Man, her character has a double identity. During the day she is Dr. June Moone, a shy scientist in a tightly buttoned suit; by night, she morphs into the wildly seductive Enchantress. Delevingne was still in her travel garb (navy tracksuit, blonde hair tucked into a knit ski cap) and had yet to be transformed for W's camera. "When I was a kid, I always wanted to be other people," she continued. "I went through different stages: I was a few Spice Girls for a while—first Baby, then Sporty, and then Ginger. I was never Posh, because she wore little black dresses, and I didn't want to be that kind of girl. Beyond that, I only dreamed of being male superheroes. Spider-Man, especially, had a cool costume and cool toys. There were not many strong superhero-type women, apart from Wonder Woman—but I didn't want to be a 5-year-old running around in, like, a bikini."
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