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