Suicide Squad wasn’t the most financially successful or critically acclaimed superhero film of 2016, thanks to competetion by hits like Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool, but it’s hard to say it wasn’t successful at introducing DC’s gang of anti-heroes. The film earned $745 million at the worldwide box office, and successfully got fans excited about a sequel and spinoffs.
Director David Ayer is on board to help bring that spinoff to life, as Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn character will reportedly be joined by Catwoman and Poison Ivy in the recently announced Gotham City Sirens film. But that’s just one of the proposed spinoffs, as discussion surrounding a solo film starring Will Smith’s Deadshot have also reportedly begun.
With so many developments, it seems DC and Warner Bros.’ faith in the franchise is merited. Adding to the positive news surrounding the property, IMDB (via Variety) just revealed Suicide Squad to be the site’s most popular movie of 2016. The list, based on unique searches and page views, could be considered the most egalitarian way to aggregate the popularity of a film. Unsurprisingly, every film in the IMDB top 10 was a blockbuster, with the top five slots all held by this year’s various superhero films.
Though Doctor Strange didn’t make the cut, likely due to it coming out so late in the year, Civil War, Deadpool, and X-Men: Apocalypse landed top spots alongside Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is likely encouraging to the studios and to fans as well. The critical response of both DCEU films this year led to a petition against Rotten Tomatoes, the aggregation site that pulls together the opinions of film critics. While the effectiveness of the fans’ intentions is questionable, it proved that the people buying tickets to these superhero films and those tasked with critiquing them have vastly different opinions.
That said, a more cynical view of the listing could just be that more people had no idea what Suicide Squad was, and thus took to IMDB in an effort to learn more. Either way you cut it, it’s good publicity for the film, especially with the Suicide Squad: Extended Cut recently making its way to Blu-ray. It also means DC and Warners are likely to double down on the franchise, at least until it stops making them money.
Screen Rant will have more information for you on Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens as news is made available.