Suicide Squad film in production
The Suicide Squad seems to be moving towards a film version with the producer Dan Lin announcing that the project has been moved forward and that it's the only comic book project he's working on just now, moving Justice League to the background, and he explains why too.
I missed this story before Xmas, mainly because it was lost within the ongoing story of the Justice League film not happening, as it's not been happening for some time now.
Dan Lin is the producer who has worked on The Departed (Filmstalker review), 10,000 BC, Terminator Salvation (Filmstalker review), The Box and on the current hit Sherlock Holmes, and recently he was asked about Justice League and revealed a few interesting titbits.
We already knew that the Justice League film was on hold, but really it seemed as though it was because of production problems. Not so, according to Lin:
"[Justice League] is on hold right now as DC sorts out its strategy… it seems like they're building to Justice League instead of going with the team movie first and doing individual movies after that."
So reading that it sounds as though the plan will be to keep going with the individual character films, moving the superheroes closer together, crossing the stories, and making sure each has their individual film before the big ensemble film.
That would make sense, and frankly it's something I've been saying since the beginning. It would be alright for those superheroes who have already been in their own films, Batman and Superman, because cinema-wise we've seen their origins and understand their characters, we don't need their origins, powers and characters explained to us. However some of the other characters in the team do, and without that grounding of their own film then it will have to be done in the Justice League film.
Now imagine a Justice League film with time devoted to explaining the characters, powers and origins of the superheroes, where's the Justice League story?
So I think they are doing the right thing by holding back and developing the superheroes individual stories first.
However there's more. When Lin was asked about the Justice League film by Collider through Total Film and ComicBookMovie, he revealed that he has another superhero film he's working on, Suicide Squad.
"The only other [comic book movie] besides Justice League that I'm working on is the Suicide Squad. That's a different kind of superhero movie…For us that's a super villain movie. It's almost Dirty Dozen set in the world of supervillains. That's the only one for me that's on the front burner."
That sounds excellent, and hints at a nice take on the superhero world, mind you so did Wanted (Filmstalker review), however the film version was developed before the script for the comic book was complete so it went off in a different direction.
Looking at what he says and what's on his slate (both real and rumoured), it looks like that could mean a number of films are going to be held back, he does have a fair list of projects sitting in there including Jonny Quest, Tales from the Gangster Squad, a remake of It, an untitled Tomb Raider film, a Tom and Jerry film and even the proposed Lego film, as well as a number of others. Which will be first, and how likely is a Suicide Squad film?
The Suicide Squad story follows groups of supervillains who are recruited by the Government in order to carry out missions that no one else can, even superheroes, missions that will most likely end in their death.