With such a packed cast, certain characters in Suicide Squad get the short end of the stick when it comes to filling in their respective backstories. The big players such as Deadshot and Harley Quinn benefit from significant screen time devoted to their origins, but in the case of some of Task Force X’s other members, the film relies primarily on little character details and quirks to help fill in the story gaps.
One such character is Digger Harkness, a.k.a. Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), who at one point in the film pulls out a toy unicorn that he affectionately calls Pinky. It’s a bit of a bizarre character quirk that goes largely unexplained, but as director David Ayer tells Empire, this is partly because Pinky was a late addition to the film, originally intended to be a set decoration in the John F. Ostrander Federal Building. But then it morphed into something more.
“I thought [Boomerang] needed a little something kind of fun and silly,” Ayer explained. “And it kept appearing throughout the film. It became a bit of a mascot.”
More than that though, Pinky is also a gateway in one of Boomerang’s private obsessions. “Yes, [he’s a Brony],” the director said, referring to the nickname adult male My Little Pony fans give themselves. “Which is fine. I think it’s a good thing and gives him a little hobby besides robbing banks.”
The revelation that Boomerang is a Brony might help explain why we didn’t a vision sequence dedicated to his ultimate fantasy, as it may have gone well beyond the boundaries of the film’s PG-13 rating. Disappointingly, Ayer reveals that Boomerang would have just had a standard desert island fantasy, albeit one where he’s surrounded by bunny rabbits. Perhaps this will make it onto the home release’s deleted scene reel?