In the modern cinemascape, it’s getting harder and harder for superhero movies to stand apart from each other as unique properties. It’s a problem created by the sheer quantity of comic book adaptations released out into the world on a yearly basis, and one that we have yet to see a solid solution to quite yet. Every once in awhile we do get something like Guardians of the Galaxy, but that’s more an exception that proves the rule than anything. In the face of this, we have an elegantly simple solution put into action by DC as a method of combating superhero fatigue: focusing on the villains.
DC/Warner has Suicide Squad slated for an August 2016 release, telling the story of a team of reformed villains made to fight evil by the U.S. government. The cast is one that’s had fans chomping at the bit, featuring Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress (among others). The hope here is that a team of villains with questionable morals will act as a balance for the avalanche of other releases featuring our favorite heroes from the comics. In the midst of this, Marvel seems to have a similar plan in the works for its soon-to-be-confirmed yet incredibly anticipated Sinister Six.
Sinister Six features various villains from the Spider-Man mythos, based on the comic book series by the same name. It it, these villains team up to take on their arch-nemesis, fighting the web-slinger one-by-one as they compete for the chance to be the one who vanquishes him once and for all. It’s a premise that would provide an interesting film if done the right way. Lucky for us, Drew Goddard (Daredevil, Cabin in the Woods) already has a script in hand. All that’s needed now is an official green-light from Sony and Marvel and we could be in business.
Sinister Six would make an excellent alternative to the already-hyped Suicide Squad, as audiences continue to seek out new and exciting outlets for comic books in film. The project itself has been less than a sure thing up until now, put in a state of flux by the deal Sony put in place with Marvel to “lend” the rights to Spider-Man over to them for Captain America: Civil War. Rumors flew around after the two studios made the deal that Sinister Six would be a casualty, in favor of focusing on Sony’s upcoming standalone Spider-Man reboot.
The latest news though is promising, with io9 having chatted with Drew Goddard about the hope for a future that could potentially include his brainchild. In that interview, Goddard laid out his ambitious plan for the film in question.
It was just, ‘We take Peter, put him on an adventure, we put him back in his life.’ I intentionally wanted a movie that didn’t have to worry about mythology and continuity. It was important to me to make a movie that could stand on its own. So the good news is, you know, [laughs], it slots in very well to any plan anybody ever wants. We just need to let a couple years go by, I think.
In a nutshell, the plan here seems to revolve around a self-contained adventure that exists independent of Marvel’s continuity. In turn, this makes it so the project can hang around sans an expiration date. It’s still subject to the powers-that-be at both Sony and Marvel, but this bodes well.
There are plenty of superheroes out there right now gracing movie theaters across the globe. What we need from here is an alternative that paints a picture of the other side of the fence. The best comic book movies ever made are the ones that have given us well-rounded villains, and there’s no better way to accomplish this than a film entirely about these villains. It looks to be working with DC’s Suicide Squad. So why not for Marvel too?
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