Can ‘Gotham’ Save the Suicide Squad?
Suicide Squad hit theaters earlier this year to mostly negative reviews from critics and a mixed response from general audiences. But those left disappointed by the film may have another chance to see the DC Comic supervillains on screen — the small screen, that is. As announced at the Televisions Critics Association (TCA) panel in August, Fox’s Gotham is planning to introduce younger versions of Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, and other Suicide Squad characters in future seasons of the show.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Gotham executive producer John Stephens recently confirmed that while the show won’t be adding any new Suicide Squad names to its lineup of season three villains, it will likely showcase proto-versions of the some of those characters in the future.
“A lot of those characters, because they’re in Suicide Squad, we’re not going to be seeing them this season,” he said, adding, “We will be seeing proto-versions of some of those characters; we’ll see a proto-Killer Croc version. And we’ll be seeing a character — perhaps not this season, but in times to come — who can be a forerunner for Harley Quinn.”
As Stephens explained, these characters won’t be exactly like the ones in the film, but younger versions who are just barely starting the journey into embracing their villainous ways. Take the case of Killer Croc, for example. “If you see someone who has a scientific anomaly to their skin that it grows in a certain way, ‘Oh, I’m going to take that and grow Killer Croc from that in the future,'” he said.
As Gotham fans know, the show has taken that exact approach with one important Suicide Squad character in the past: Jerome (Cameron Monaghan), who has long been a prototype for the Joker. The character, who returned after being seemingly killed off early in the second season, has yet to go into full-on Joker mode on the show. However, seeds are clearly being planted, as Stephen reiterated at the panel.
“We really imagined developing the myth of the Joker at the same time we’re developing the myth of Batman,” he said. “You’ll see these different versions of the Joker myth that developed with Jerome and other characters, so that when you put those pieces together, you’ll go, ‘Oh, eventually that’s what the Joker will become.’”
The method has paid off so far. Monaghan’s Jerome has quickly become a favorite among fans and his anticipated transition into the Joker has also become one of the most buzzed-about elements of the series. Whether other Suicide Squad characters will prove to be as popular on the show remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that Harley Quinn and Killer Croc would fit right in with Gotham‘s seedier crowd.
As for how they would potentially get introduced to the show, fans got a hint at the recent TCA panel. “The Indian Hill that exists in Gotham, that’s the bridge to these villains like Killer Croc and Solomon Grundy,” executive producer Ken Woodruff said, per Deadline. For those unfamiliar, Indian Hill is the research facility that’s located directly beneath Arkham Asylum where experiments are conducted on both humans and monsters.
As previously stated, the proto-versions of Suicide Squad characters won’t be appearing in the third season, so it’ll likely be a while before audiences see them actually make their debut on the show. Still, the possibility may come as good news to those left disappointed by the movie’s depiction of the villains, which (with the exception of Margot Robbie’s turn as Harley Quinn) was widely panned. Fans will have to stay tuned to see if Gotham‘s version of the characters will prove to be better than that of the film.
This won’t be the first time in recent history that characters from the Suicide Squad showed up on a DC Comics-inspired show though. The CW’s Arrow previously featured Deadshot, among several other Suicide Squad characters, in its sophomore season.
Gotham will airs on Fox on Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST.
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