FEATURE: Will ‘Suicide Squad’ Help ‘Super Max’ and ‘Deathstroke’ Get Greenlit?

Feb 20, 2016


It’s hard to deny that fans across-the-board are super excited about what Warner Bros. is cooking-up with Suicide Squad coming to the big screen later this summer.

When it comes to Batman v Superman, as we’ve seen fans aren’t completely yet on board with the film. A recent report suggests Warner Bros. is nervous BVS could be as divisive as Man of Steel, which could lead into a weak box office return. All-in, it’s been said the film will cost the studio $400 million (marketing costs included), so a mild box office performance could cause big problems.

The same can’t be said about Suicide Squad. Besides, a few hiccups with character design choices, people are genuinely stoked for this oddball DC Comics movie. It got a second chance, after the first incarnation of the script by Justin Marks went nowhere, reportedly given new life thanks to writer-producer David Goyer, who back in 2013 was reportedly tasked into help godfather the project.

David Ayer, eventually was hired to direct and rewrite the script. Ayer had reportedly been involved with comic book films in the past, doing some script work on X-Men Origins: Wolverine before Skip Woods’ major rewrites. So, it wasn’t totally nutty when he came onboard to revamp the project.

Goyer, is responsible for much of the success of the comic book film genre. Writing the first successful Marvel film with the R-rated Blade in 1998. He also gave us Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman by writing Batman Begins, and contributing to The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Returns.

David’s fingerprints are all over the modern DCCU as well, penning Man of Steel, co-writing Batman v Superman, contributing to Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2.

Other attempts at developing comic book movies include an offer to make a Nick Fury movie for DreamWorks. Trying to get the first incarnation of the Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds going at New Line Cinema. Along with a solo origin film for Magneto that got folded into X-Men: First Class.

The details of his involvement with Suicide Squad hasn’t been made known, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he had given story or character notes.

The studio could look to expand this villainous side of the cinematic universe, beyond a Suicide Squad sequel and might look towards David Goyer again.


Super Max and Suicide Squad have prison settings that housed The Joker.

Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max, which Goyer worked on it’s script with original Suicide Squad screenwriter Justin Marks. The script featured our titular hero locked-up and forced to team-up with notorious DC super-villains to escape a Super Max prison.

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Some of those villains included Suicide Squad‘s Joker and Batman v Superman‘s Lex Luthor.

Den of Geek spoke to Goyer last year, about the uphill battled he faced when he originally pitched the script to a film focusing on villains to the studio, before it came fashionable to do so.


“I think if that script had come over the transom a couple of years later… It was completely ahead of its time.”

“By the way, everything I see about Suicide Squad looks fantastic and it’s a different story. But it was absolutely ahead of its time. You know, Marvel was considering doing the Sinister Six and at the time, God, I think this was eight or nine years ago that we wrote a couple of drafts, but it certainly was like this oddball project at Warner Bros at the time, they were like - even though the script was good - ‘why would we make a movie about a bunch of villains? That makes no sense’.”

“The executive on it was really visionary,” Goyer recalls, “but the higher-ups, none of whom are at Warner Bros any more, just thought at the time, you know, we just want to make Batman and Superman movies. We don’t want to make any other characters. But this is before Marvel had really taken off, before more obscure projects like Guardians Of The Galaxy or Ant-Man or things like that had huge success, before the current gold rush I guess, if you will. It’s natural that eventually someone was going to make a villain movie, so that’s just what happened!”

Super Max helped setup a creative environment that allowed a project like Suicide Squad to get made. I wouldn’t be shocked if Squad is successful that WB would take another look at the project.

Fans are still outcrying that Arrow‘s Stephen Amell play the character in the films, but that’s never going to happen. Warner Bros. has confirmed time and time again, that TV and film universes are separate.

Since they’ve hired Oscar caliber actors like Ben Affleck, Will Smith, and Jared Leto to play their new leads, you’d expect or at least want a similar level actor to play other big male leads.


I could picture Matt Damon fighting his way out of a prison as Green Arrow.

Ben Affleck’s best bud Matt Damon turned down the Harvey Dent role in The Dark Knight , but might be better served as a DC superhero over a villain. He had once been rumored for Aquaman and Captain America roles as well, but a Super Max version of Oliver could be a better fit.

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Considering, his well-liked Jason Bourne franchise and his recent Oscar nomination/box office success with The Martian he’d make a great cinematic Green Arrow candidate.

We know that fans could embrace this casting choice, once they had time to let it sink-in just like with Jared Leto and Ben Affleck. Remember, a majority of fans hated the idea of their casting, but have since warmed-up to it.


Will Slade Wilson show up in Suicide Squad?

David Goyer was also said to be developing two other DC movies that could star villain Wilson Slade, These projects would be a solo Deathstroke movie and Team 7. We have no idea what stages those projects are at this point. Goyer has been busy himself with the horror flick The Forest and his short-lived Constantine series.

Speculation had been circling online that Slade could be showing up in Suicide Squad, but this has yet to be confirmed.

I know there’s a huge fanbase surrounding the character, I’m sure the studio will start re-examining past projects that could envoke the action style we’ll be seeing in Squad and potentially a new string of Batman movies.


Suicide Squad could help get audiences ready for the supernatural themed Justice League Dark.

There’s some thinking that introducing the supernatural side of the DCCU with Enchantress will also push the studio to make more films like Justice League Dark.

A film that would focus more the on the spooky-side of the comic book universe focusing characters such as Constantine, Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, and Zatanna.

Currently, a script was written by Guillermo del Toro , but he left the director race to focus on Pacific Rim 2. That movie was put on hold at Legendary Pictures, and has now attached himself to .

Since then, Warner Bros. did offer the project to George Miller director of Mad Max: Fury Road. Miller once attempted to make Justice League, which was shockingly never made. It looks like Miller passed on the film to focus on something smaller, before tackling two more Mad Max sequels.

They haven’t announced a director, but JoBlo has reported a couple of names that are in the mix. It includes Big Bad Wolves directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado , along with Evil Dead remake’s Fede Alvarez.

The studio is reportedly looking at Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy, Blade 2), Monica Bellucci, Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, and Ben Mendelsohn to play key roles in the film, with production rumored to begin sometime this year.

I’m curious what the larger overall impact Suicide Squad and Justice League Dark will have on the DCCU, and if the studio will be hellbent on giving us more Superman if audiences quite seemingly aren’t interested in that. When stuff like Squad is getting such a great response from fans and new potential fans.

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