It was recently revealed that David Ayer, the writer/director of End of Watch and the writer of Training Day, is interested in bringing the Suicide Squad to the big screen. Seeing as the team -- which is also called Task Force X -- made a pretty awesome appearance in the animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham, has a brand new volume, and they've been occasional showing up in Arrow, it's pretty obvious DC has big plans for the group of villains. The team has a lot of potential, so you can bet we'd love to see them appear on the big screen!
As Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice begins to build the Justice League, introduce the world to its version of Lex Luthor, and maaaaaaybe tease another big bad, Suicide Squad could show us a whole different side of the DC cinematic universe. We'll more than likely see Superman's interactions with the government in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but what's going on behind the scenes? If aliens randomly try to kill everyone on the planet and characters like the Man of Steel, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman are running around, you can be certain that the government doesn't want to feel helpless against these potential threats. They need to be prepared for a "what if?" scenario with these formidable individuals and if they exist, who else is out there? Just because we have yet to see other characters doesn't mean they don't already populate this world.
Enter A.R.G.U.S. and Amanda Waller (and maybe Steve Trevor) to tackle this problem. And it's not just addressing the heroes (and villains) that are in the public eye, either. Since this universe is growing its cast, it's very possible this organization has intelligence on other metahuman characters and high level threats across the globe. What's stopping them from already having some of them in their custody at a little place called Belle Reve? And then, what's stopping them from manipulating said prisoners into joining something called Task Force X? The government will deny any connections to this group, but after the events in Man of Steel, it's fair to assume they'd be more open to more controversial ideas about handling this growing and very dangerous threat, especially if Waller's the one promoting the ideas in a convincing way.
Personally, I'd love to see the roster include Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Killer Frost and Black Manta (King Shark is also acceptable since he has the chance to offer more twisted levity and some brutal action). Not only are these characters awesome in their own ways and bring their own visual advantages to the action scenes, but they can also be used to loosely expand the mythos of some of the Justice League characters. Having five all-new characters seems like a tough obstacle, but Guardians of the Galaxy raised the bar in this respect and proved it's more than possible to give each character some depth while also establishing interesting dynamics. While we may not get their full origin story, a movie like this could familiarize the audience with someone like Black Manta, get them invested in the character, make them think he's cool, and then leave them wanting more. Luckily for them, the villain will most likely be further fleshed out in the eventual Aquaman movie.
While Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Frost, and Black Manta could already be in custody, Slade Wilson can be hired to lead and run the team when they're in the field. Seems fitting they'd want the best of the best and someone they can somewhat trust, yes? Considering the connections these villains have to the heroes and the rest of the criminal world, this would be an organic way to continue expanding the universe without making it feel forced. Needless to say, a Suicide Squad movie holds the potential for a ton of exciting easter eggs. And even if A.R.G.U.S. begins to work with the Justice League in this universe's future, they could still have the Suicide Squad on the side for its dirty work. What would happen when someone like Superman or Batman finds out about Waller's secret, evil and lethal team? Stuff like that has quite a bit of potential, doesn't it?
Whether you like it or not, Warner Bros. is obviously going for a more serious approach to its comic book properties. Based on Man of Steel and the little we've seen from the next movie, it looks like they're aiming to go big on drama and action, and not so big on laughter. Suicide Squad will have a chance to incorporate a little more humor thanks to Harley Quinn's personality and antics. Now, that's not saying she'll turn it into an action-comedy, but her inclusion gives them the chance to add a little more humor throughout what would likely be a rather dark and action-packed adventure.
Warne Bros. has several unnamed DC movies on the way and we have our fingers crossed that Suicide Squad will be one of them. While the other movies focus on the Justice League characters, a movie about Task Force X will pull us into a totally different part of the evergrowing world. It'll offer a better look at variety of compelling villains, how the government is responding to powerful individuals, a ton of thrilling and savage action, and plenty of worldbuilding. Plus, there's the simple fact that the team is very cool and the interactions between them could be a blast to witness. Suicide Squad is the movie comic fans deserves and the one it needs. Let's just hope they move forward with it and it's done right!
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