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.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Huh. This could be very interesting....
Daniel on Feb 26, 2009
Justin Marks!?!??? Didn't he just write the crapfest called Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li? Aside from that, the movie sounds cool.
Grodd on Feb 26, 2009
Wow. Good choice Warner. Didn't see this one coming.
Jamie on Feb 26, 2009
Justin Marks is involved in this the guy just written the shitty looking movie Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li. im not sure about this at all.
movieboy1 on Feb 26, 2009
????? on Feb 26, 2009
sounds like it could be cool especially deadshot,marvel make the fucking thunderbolts (that is a great comic.)
zetsu on Feb 26, 2009
sounds like it could be interesting but with Justin Marks involved i dont have much hope for this.
Curtis on Feb 26, 2009
I'm reserving jugment until we hear who will be writing, directing, & acting. But this is Warner.. so they have the cash to do it right. As long as the right people are not working on something else at the time.
Hand Knotted Rugs on Feb 26, 2009
Didn't see the new Street Fighter so I can't judge the writing, but I know the directing and design team for that movie looks like crap. But this movie sounds like it could be awesome, so I'm excited to see a movie about bad guys.
The Kid on Feb 26, 2009
Sounds pretty cool. Looks like DC is finally getting its act together.
Ajax on Feb 26, 2009
I'm always hoping that one day, Warner will put suicide squad in the big screen. and now its here. this gotta be cool.
neil sy on Feb 26, 2009
I loved this comic book series when it first came out, but there is NO WAY this could be done right for film. The villains in Suicide Squad ACTUALLY act like real villains. As in issue #2, a character (The Bronze Tiger) is told to stop another individual but not kill him, so he breaks the guy's back to stop him. Once character (Deadshot) is obsessed with killing himself, but is to afraid to actually do it, so he puts himself in situations where he could be killed by opponents, but keeps killing them because he is a better assassin. It would work GREAT as a TV series (The Unit plus 24 with no heroes and only villains), but as a movie... just not sure about this one.
Louis Porter Jr. on Feb 26, 2009
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