Warner Brothers Adapting DC Comics' Suicide Squad Series
by Alex Billington
February 26, 2009
Warner Brothers has announced that they are adapting the DC Comics series Suicide Squad, about a group of incarcerated supervillains who are recruited by the government to accomplish tasks deemed too dangerous for superheroes. Rookie producers Dan Lin and Stephen Gilchrist will develop and have set Hollywood's newest favorite fanboy screenwriter Justin Marks to adapt. I'm not personally familiar with the Suicide Squad comics, but it sounds like a concept that has a lot of cool potential. The series first debuted in 1959 and was relaunched in 1987, also known then as "Task Force X", and finished its run in 2002.
The first Suicide Squad consisted of Rick Flag, his girlfriend Karin Grace, Dr. Hugh Evans, and Jess Bright, although later Squads also featured Ace High, Beast, Blowhard, Gyp, Jeb Stuart, Lawless, Nickels, Rick Flag, Sr., and Shiv. The reason why the story is so interesting is because these villains, who used to operate on their own, must rid themselves of their interpersonal conflicts and work together as a team. We've heard before that Hollywood has wanted to explore stories about villains rather than heroes, but nothing has really come to fruition yet. As cool as this sounds, I'm wondering if it will turn out any good in the end.