Before the world learned of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.' ambitious plans for their DC Movie Universe, we were hard at work trying to write up features explaining why the respective heroes (or teams) of DC Comics' lore could be adapted into big (and successful) blockbuster films.
In the past, we've covered why heroes like Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman, The Flash, or even The Justice League all deserve shots at big screen success. However, with the recent confirmation of a Suicide Squad movie coming after Batman V Superman, it's time we stepped back and took a look at the 5 Reasons why Suicide Squad could be a great DC
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5. The (Under)World
Between DC and Marvel, we have almost too many superhero films coming out between now and 2020 - but blessed few of them will offer fans anything different from than the usual "ordinary person becomes extraordinary," or "greater threat requires assembly of a greater good" formulas that currently rule superhero movies. However, Suicide Squad can be a welcome exception by switching the usual perspective to show us how villains operate within the fantastical world of comic book movies.
For those unfamiliar, Suicide Squad is a team with a rotating membership of DC Comics' villains - both minor and major - who are coerced into high-risk black-ops missions by the government (controlled by their Machiavellian handler, Amanda Waller). That basically means that a film following such a team would be deeply rooted in the DC Comics underworld - a place that no live-action film has ever explored, but was probed by a well-received animated feature, Batman: Assault on Arkham, which not-so-coincidentally featured the Suicide Squad.
Between the Deadpool movie being green lit at Fox; the development of a Sinister Six movie within Sony's Spider-Man franchise; and even Star Wars rumors pointing to a Boba Fett spinoff film, it's clear that villains (let's call them anti-heroes) are becoming a part of these shared universe franchise plans - and DCE/WB may beat them all to the punch.
It doesn't get much dirtier, deadlier or more dastardly than the Suicide Squad - and the proven power of films set in the underworld (crime, not supernatural) speaks for itself.
4. The Tone
Following closely on the benefits of giving superhero movie fans a chance to see things from the bad guys' perspective, is the outlook and tone that such a change in perspective creates.
It's no mistake that DCE and WB tapped writer/director David Ayer to helm this film; between hard-boiled crime stories like Training Day, Street Kings and Harsh Times - plus bigger action-thriller blockbusters like S.W.A.T. and the recently-released Fury - Ayer is practically tailor-fitted to material like this. With his name attached, fans are already expecting something thrilling, raw, gritty, and violently brutal - as is fit for a team of ruthless psychos, assassins and killers.
For those who think Marvel Studios is making kiddy fluff; or that somber and serious is a mismatch for Justice League heroes like the Man of Steel; well, Suicide Squad could be the film that delivers the appropriately dark and adult comic book movie experience you've been waiting for. Just leave the kids at home, because this will not be their movie...