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David Goyer Developing DC Comics Films Like 'Suicide Squad' & More

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December 2, 2013
Source: Bleeding Cool

Suicide Squad

While David Goyer is busy working on the blockbuster DC Comics sequel Batman vs. Superman (or whatever the title turns out to be), that's not all he has in store with the comic book company and Warner Bros. As rumblings of Justice League and DC Universe cameos in the follow-up to Man of Steel swirl online, Bleeding Cool has word Goyer is also working on adapting some lesser known comics in lower budget films. Supposedly, DC Entertainment is poised to announce some new projects with treatments for Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke and Team 7 in the mix, but not necessarily all will get produced.

The source notes that some of these films would be made for as little as $20 million, with Suicide Squad being the more expensive film at around $40 million before marketing costs. The idea would be to release two of these films a year, one in the spring and one in the fall. This would be in addition to the tentpole films and would likely mean Warner Bros. and DC get some extra money to throw at the bigger marquee titles with iconic heroes. Here's a rundown of each of the aforementioned possible lower profile DC Comics movies (thanks to DC Comics Database for the character details):

Suicide Squad - A team of imprisoned super-villains who perform high-risk missions for the U.S. Government in exchange for commuted sentences. They are formally known as Task Force X. The team's actions are highly classified, and the government is able to deny any involvement by claiming that they are not responsible for the damages of a random super-villain attack.

Booster Gold - A time-traveling super-hero from the 25th Century who uses high-tech equipment to fight crime, alongside his robotic side-kick Skeets. His best friend and most regular partner is Blue Beetle. Not taken very seriously by his peers because of a careless and somewhat egotistical attitude, he is frequently under-estimated.

Team 7 - A black-ops military unit working for the U.S. Government. They were originally part of the Wildstorm Universe, working underneath Miles Craven of I.O.. This team included Arclight, Backlash, Bulleteer, Deadeye, Deathblow, Slaphammer, Topkick and Wraparound. Craven exposed them to the Gen-Factor on a suicide mission, leading them all to develop super-powers.

Deathstroke - The world's greatest assassin/mercenary and an enemy of the Teen Titans. Originally a soldier in the U.S. Army, he was part of an experimental super-soldier project where he gained enhanced strength, agility and intelligence

It's not clear when Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment plan on making this announcement, but reportedly this will be one of their big announcements in 2014. We're just hoping this won't be a repeat of the comic book movie rush in the early 2000s that resulted in some pretty shoddy comic book adaptations. Now that Marvel has all their superpowered ducks in a row, DC Comics really has to step up their game. Thoughts?

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  • nub bucker
    Yay, Deathstroke...one of the best villains DC has.
    • shane willett
      Death stroke , Black Mask, Solomon Grundy and Penguin all need to be on screen together... even Killer Croc... Batman universe is so rich with villains
  • shane willett
    sad to say DC only really has Batman.... Deathstroke is cool, but hes also a part of the Batman World. Superman is so dated, Flash is lame, Green Lantern is cool but they messed that movie up, felt 90's and Wonder Woman(sorry but female super hero leads, well they never truly work.) So all you have left is the Martian and Cyborg... these would make great films- both SciFi-- and as for Hawkgirl and Aquaman - they should be killed off- so lame... DC was my dads comics, Marvel was close to my Gen. with Xmen, Punisher , Ghost Rider- and of course classic Marvel- Hulk, Thor, Spidey, F4 ,, can keep going,,, DC should only stick to Batman..... All other DC main characters belong on 90210 or Dance Moms - there so 1 dimensional and clueless to the real world.
    • israel nicolau
      Marvel is for Kids or retards,DC rules..
      • shane willett
        DC is only as good as there Dark Horse comic book series & Characters... capes are for suckers ... surprised theres no DC character that wears a helmet and cape - "special Education" Like Starman or Doctor Fate" there so 1950's, but not in a good way, bad, like black n/ white movies with a poor story, just can't believe it exists still. DC needs to become more real and gritty but not so that it seems forced or re-boot 52 was great, but again Characters are straight out - out dated , Superman sucks and always will, his beliefs are stupid, his catch phrases, even his appearance feels like a bad - gay joke set up, im sorry but at least Marvel tries contemporary issues, writers like Malar, Bendis, Kirkman destroy DC in there sleep...
        • Such heroic nonsense
          Dumb!
          • shane willett
            nice!
        • Josh Howe
          I think this is all a bit silly. Marvel and DC have both produced a wide selection of comics for a long ass time, so I don't think anyone can fairly be a good judge of 'which is better' unless they had read each individual comic from both, making anal details about art, characters, stoylines, etc and eventually coming up with a long winded conclusion as to why they believe fans of the loser is homosexual. Even then it would all be down to personal preference. I personally prefer DC which is why I read this article and I am wondering, as you seem to be a clear fan of Marvel, why bother reading about this. You obviously don't have an interest in DC so surely and conceptual movie possibilities would be rather uninteresting.
          • shane willett
            If Superman lost the cape he might be cool. Capes seem very feminine, sorry, thats my opinion. Superman's got issues in his fictional life and established canon. If you think Zack Snyder can re-event super man, he did not. He just pulled from a lure of S-man fiction. At the end of the day Superman is from the Golden Age of comics, there are other characters who were able to break free from this cliche' but he didn't and won't ever, maybe if they lost the caped blue suit look,grew his hair out, scar or something, he has no flaws other than a lame crystal rock, it's just bad, glad you like! Sure you liked Sucker Punch also... loser!
    • Kerk
      Superman is dated? Boy that's like saying "Mozart is dated." For that alone you get a confident thumb down, bro.
      • shane willett
        Mozart, Bach, Beethoven are great, but it's not my influence or my influence's , influence. Im sorry Superman was not successful, Hollywood, WB is fighting to make you think it was good, the reviews are horrible, the actor is lame, all versions of Superman are weak by design and direction. Steel with Shaq'Oneil was just as bad as the Brandon Routh movie, and Steel had nothin to do with Superman other than it being loosley tied to a series... dude sorry your old and but Superman is good for his time. But serious it's time to move on, to super's that draw blood and avenge there attacker, Batman is the only one, where as every Marvel character seeks to avenge, stop, fight or kill if they have to. DC just brings to justice, justice is bias bro!
        • Nicholas Allen Cotner
          What? How was it not successful?
          • shane willett
            55% on metacritic 74% imdb -mixed reviews(my 411), not a great film,(my opinion based on 411 and seeing it 3 times) My guff is: 2many flashbacks, not enough grounding to establish character through current situations and seeing him grow, there was enough time in the film to spend 30 minutes of young Clark, so we see him as that, bottom line it was done through poor exhibition with a series of child hood flashbacks that didn't establish character just action scenes with a little emotion, felt forced....lame!
          • Nicholas Allen Cotner
            600+ Mill brought in........sounds pretty damn successful to me
          • shane willett
            Movies like National Treasure, Hunger Games, Transformers, Twilight Series make a lot of money, doesn't mean there good. Besides those were hopeful ticket sales that over half of them states how bad the movie was, to much action with little character development, crappy flashbacks, that established nothing other than heroic feats without any character exposition other than "Super Boy/Bearded Clark (which goes undeveloped the entire movie(his alter ego)(which played a huge part in the story) saving t he day"
          • Nicholas Allen Cotner
            Half my ass......quit pulling things from your ass and claiming them as fact
        • Such heroic nonsense
          LOL "Super's that draw blood"??? WOW, i dont know if you know this but Marvel is Disney, you wont ever see any blood drawn and havent even before it was taken over by Disney. At least for the most part. Moreover, all characters on both universes are unique, its how they are transferred to the big screen is why people are quick to judge them and think they suck and assume that is the way they are portrayed in the comics, however, if we go THAT route, im sorry buddy but Marvel has screwed up 90% of the superheroes on the big screen, hence the reason for so many reboots. And another thing, thus far, marvel movies dont have a "real aesthetic" feel to them as to how their mythology can exist in our realm. The directors conjur up a cheap quick backstory and hope it works, thus making the movie feel like "just another movie with cg" and of course it having a cliche happy ending. Lastly, Superman came out in the 50s and X-men, iron man, the hulk, etc all came out in the 60s dumbass, so dont give me that dumb argument about how marvel is more "your generation". In case you dont know this Spiderman, The Hulk, and others had movies and some even t.v. series back in the late 70s early 80s and for various reasons cannot compare them to the Chris Reeves Superman in the 80s, so all you're saying to try and justify your arguments make you sound like you dont know what the hell you're talking about, and most importantly make you look like a complete 360 douche.
          • shane willett
            Are you dumb are pretending ? Serious DUDE-WTF??? Fox owns 5 and half Marvel IP(Intellectual Property) which are ( F4, DareDevil, Xmen, Spiderman, Blade & Elektra) Disney owns rest... new F4 has blood Elektra had a lil also Daredevil had some , Spiderman had light blood... And Wolverine 1 &2 had blood - light amount--and not sure if you know your stuff but theres a Black anit-hero who is in the Spiderman universe fights Mobius (he's a vampire in the Marvel world)- he kills vampires,a certified vampire hunter.... his name is Blade and theres so much blood it could be labeled a horror film,,, last i checked all three Blades had Marvel logo treatment and is 100% Marvel IP ,, so you don't know your sh!t Buddy Bra Bra!
          • Such heroic nonsense
            First off, i said "for the most part". "Light blood"? Pffffft thats hilarious. I'll give you Blade 1 & 2, AND i'll give you the latest Punisher cause i personally think those had pretty good direction and i love the fact that they were rated R cause thats when you're able to truly represent the character cause lets be honest, Marvel and DC comics are not the fucking Mario Bros using star power to save a princess. They're about rage, anger, sadness, revenge, retaliation and vigilantes. But lets go through your "light blood" list here; Daredevil - garbage, F4 - garbage, X-men and X-men origins - garbage. Spidermans 1-3 - 1 is okay, the other two - complete garbage, Iron mans 1-3 - all garbage, especially part 3, Elektra - huge pile of shit, Thor 1 - huge pile of dog shit, Thor 2 - better but overall does smell like shit too, Punisher versions 1& 2 - garbage, Ghost Rider 1&2 - complete pile of rhino shit, the list goes on and on Bra. Second, I wasnt necessarily relating to ownership rights to movies but more of the characters under Marvel; however i did want to state the fact that now anything that has to do with a Marvel character mostly will be represented under Disney's huge umbrella which is super f-ing lame in my opinion. And another thing, Tim Burton's batman was awesome! Totally dark and set the bar for the movies to come. When Schumacher took over, THATS when it went downhill, so perhaps you are not the one who knows your shit "BRA".
          • shane willett
            Marvel has more relevant characters that came out in the 70's and 80's- when i was born- im in my 30's geez-- like Ghost Rider, Punisher- DareDevil --War Journal created the whole sense of pscho's in comics the dark bleak existence of evil controlling the world- which led to DC making the Dark Knight with Frank Miller if you recall, before that DC didn't know Dark... then came the Dark Knight -Marvel established the evil of darkness, before DC- before that it was super heroes fighting lame scenarios -Russians, the Chinese- villainous characters, DC villains were 1 dimensional until the 80'w I read the anit-hero stuff which did not
    • Jason
      Could not disagree more. You have a preference, that's cool, but don't paddle it as fact.
      • shane willett
        yo! Its just my opinion, never stated as a fact, until the entire world agree's my opinion, remains just that. but DC lineup was cool in there new Injustice videogame, and i play DC online, I just think most of there characters feel extremely dated, no matter how many remakes they make, I feel (which is a context clue for my opinion) they still be dated, because of there powers, there canon, and names and origin, however Green Hornet, Batman (and his entire universe) and a few others in my view make the cut, that is all, you win!!!!
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I don't say David S.Goyer is bad writer , because he is not but i think DC deserves more worthy and craftsmanship writers to done incredible stories and fascinating screenplays. I mean DC Comics have potential for that. For new people with genius minds. For me best superhero movie of near few years was " Chronicles" by Max Landis for example. In every movie of DC i hear name of the man and this not good for Big Respectable Lovely Company like DC I say again his good writer but i say too DC must bring on some new bloods.
  • Kerk
    Unexpected. The critical reception of the New 52 Suicide Squad was mixed. A lot of people hated it simply for oversexualization of females, which is really a dumb reason to hate anything, when you really get down to it. I for one, enjoyed SS greatly for its light tone and playful attitude towards some serious shit. And all that character interaction... Still, the series has suffered seriously (just like most comic books these days) from bad storytelling. As of now, this is the major problem for DC.
    • Jason
      Yea, there are some shining stars like "Batman" under Snyder's watch or Green Arrow..but they do have some serious issues out there. I am hoping they can get the resolved.
  • Ayotunde Afolabi
    Whenever these rumors swirl around every few years, Booster Gold's name keeps coming up. Of all the characters (minor and major) in the DC stable, why in the name of Bruce Wayne would they keep writing treatments/pitching Booster Gold..? To be honest, don't know that much about him and his run over years. But considering the wealth of intriguing & complex characters DC have to choose from... why even consider adapting Booster Gold?
  • DAVIDPD
    BOOSTER GOLD would be cool. Almost played like a satire.
  • Japetto
    Is this limited to DC Comics itself or could we be seeing some more Vertigo action. I mean just imagine something like an INVISIBLES film.
    • Such heroic nonsense
      Vertigo DC has made good movies in my opinion, so i hope so. V for Vendetta and Constantine were badass.
      • shane willett
        Vertigo is da' best!
  • mooreworthy
    Love to see these straight to dvd animation. DC has been on a role with their animated films, but I can see why they need to hit it on the big screen. As for comics, DC and Marvel just use the same spandex, "this will change everything" storyline every summer. Check out Image's "Saga" Manifest Destiny, and Morning Glories for some cool $hit.
  • Payne by name
    Goyer was good when he wrote Blade II but over time the quality of his output has diminished film on film (and that's glossing over Blade III completely). The writing on Man of Steel was clichéd, unengaging and woeful.
    • shane willett
      Blade 2 was great! better than the 1st and 3rd... frost was so lame, and the Dracula in the 3rd movie was so unbelievable - Dracula doesn't hit the gym, man 90's-early 2k was so bad it was good, but Blade 2 was different, darker and freakier, with the splitting face vampires which Resident Evil totally ripped off, but thats what art does "STEAL" , yes Goyer is decent!
  • Chris Jarvina
    Seems like Arrow's priming at least Deathstroke and Suicide Squad for the future. Here's hoping for more Manu Bennet and Cynthia Addai-Robinson??
  • klay
    i like that there possibly going for cheaper movies. as much has i love marvel, i think they spent too much on there movies, not all good comic book movies need 100 million Doller budget

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