DC animation is working on another movie focused on Suicide Squad. Introduced to the world of DC Comics in the late 1980s, the Suicide Squad - a thrown together team of villains forced to work together to accomplish a goal ostensibly for the greater good - have experienced a big uptick in pop culture popularity in recent times. While the actual members of the group often differ, the Squad has been featured on The CW's Arrow, offered as downloadable characters in the Lego Batman 3 video game, and served as the antagonists in the Batman: Assault on Arkham animated movie.
Of course, when most think of the Suicide Squad at this point, the first thing to come to mind is last year's live-action film that served as the third entry into Warner Bros.' DCEU franchise. Despite bashing from critics, director David Ayer's film performed very well with audiences, raking in a gargantuan $745 million worldwide on a budget of $175 million. Unsurprisingly, a direct sequel is in development, as is the Ayer-directed spin-off Gotham City Sirens, featuring Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn.
During Friday's DC animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that the Suicide Squad will soon be returning to the world of animated film, this time as the stars of their own story. Entitled Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, the animated effort will be the first featuring the Squad to take place within the DC Universe Original Movies continuity. Hell to Pay will tell an original tale, and reportedly features quite the impressive voice cast. Who exactly that will consist of has yet to be revealed.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is expected to arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray in spring 2018, although an exact release date has yet to be revealed. One assumes Hell to Pay will also receive the usual one-night theatrical engagement that has become a tradition for DC's animated productions as well.
At this juncture, it's anyone's guess as to what Hell to Pay will be about, and which characters will make up the titular Squad in the film. One assumes that Deadshot and Harley Quinn will at least be included, especially since they proved to be the most popular characters in the live-action Suicide Squad movie. Hell to Pay joins several other big titles on the 2018 DC animated movie slate, including Batman: Gotham by Gaslight and The Death of Superman.