10 Things We Know About DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Spinoffs
Big budget studios haven’t been the least bit shy about laying out ambitious plans for their respective superhero franchises. In the wake of this, it hasn’t been at all uncommon to map out a release schedule for the next five-plus years. Warner Bros. has done just that for their upcoming slate of DC movies, and they’re only continuing to expand. Their latest venture: a full-court press for the Suicide Squad brand. If you thought the Justice League plans were expansive, just wait until you see what they have planned for their team of antiheroes.
1. First up: Gotham City Sirens
Warner’s most fleshed-out plans involve Gotham City Sirens, set to be led by Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. The film will be based on a 2009 comic series by the same name, that featured a host of DC’s most well-known and prominent female villains. Everything beyond that one film is far from set in stone, but there are rumblings of plenty more from the Suicide Squad crew (more on that later on).
2. David Ayer will return to direct
Given that David Ayer directed Suicide Squad, it only makes sense to bring him back to helm Gotham City Sirens. Additionally, he’ll be working off of a screenplay written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Robertson-Dworet doesn’t have much in the way of finished credits, but she’s recently become tasked to pen the scripts for the Tomb Raider reboot, the Dungeons & Dragons adaptation, and the recently-announced third Sherlock Holmes film from Guy Ritchie.
3. The rest of the Gotham City Sirens lineup
The original Gotham City Sirens comic series followed the exploits of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. A recent tweet from David Ayer featuring all three villains seems to indicate that the film adaptation will use the same trio, while The Hollywood Reporter theorizes an even larger lineup that might include Batgirl, Black Canary, Huntress, Katana, and more. And given the lack of female representation in the world of superhero cinema, this could be a groundbreaking film for the genre if it’s done right.
4. The next spinoff project will likely be a standalone Deadshot movie
Of all the Suicide Squad cast members, Will Smith is by far the biggest draw for Warner. Knowing that, it’s no surprise to anyone that Warner is strongly leaning toward a standalone Deadshot movie. We don’t know much past the fact that it’s being considered, although it’s worth noting that Smith’s performance was one of the few highlights of Suicide Squad. Giving him his own movie seems only natural as a result.
5. Yes, Jared Leto’s Joker is also being considered for his own spinoff
This is where things get a little murky. While the studio hasn’t confirmed anything, early rumblings before the release of Suicide Squad seemed to point toward Jared Leto being considered for a Joker spinoff project. We haven’t gotten an update since the underwhelming reception to the film. Still, the character is iconic in the DC canon, and Leto’s too big of a name to simply be a one-and-done side character.
6. Another, odder choice for a spinoff …
Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and the Joker all make sense when you’re talking about potential spinoffs. All three are played by Hollywood A-listers, and are widely recognized as fan favorite characters in DC lore. It’s safe to say that Captain Boomerang doesn’t hold a similar place in the pantheon of comic characters, making it that much more shocking to hear that he too has been considered for a spinoff.
We Got This Covered reported that the first evidence of this was unveiled in a report that preceded the release of Suicide Squad, claiming that Warner is “also really hot on Jai Courtney’s character” but that, “Nothing’s set in stone yet, but you’re definitely going to be seeing a lot more of these guys in the years to come.”
7. Suicide Squad is still getting its own sequel
Suicide Squad may have been a critical flop, but it still made $745 million at the global box office. To put that in context, that number beat out Marvel’s Doctor Strange by almost a full $100 million. That also ended up being enough to get a full-on sequel green-lit by Warner. Admittedly, we don’t know much past the fact that it’s happening, with more information likely to surface in the coming months.
8. DC remains confident in the Suicide Squad brand
The same report from We Got This Covered that hinted at potential spinoffs for the Joker and Boomerang, emphasized Warner’s confidence in the Suicide Squad brand. “The studio is feeling very confident in the property,” their source told the site back in 2016, backing up the mounting evidence that seems to indicate a doubling down on the Squad in the coming years.
9. Gotham City Sirens is being fast-tracked for a 2019 release
Before any Suicide Squad sequel even goes into development, Gotham City Sirens will be priority number one. That puts it on pace to fill Warner’s open slot for November 1, 2019. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s original report, the film is “the furthest along” of any Suicide Squad follow-up, dubbing it “the most natural project for [David] Ayer with which to make his Warners return.”
10. The fallout from Suicide Squad is already making waves in DC’s TV universe
If you want to get a sense for DC’s movie plans, you need only look at their slate of TV shows. Leading into the release of Suicide Squad, a concerted effort was made to remove the movie’s characters from their respective TV shows. Gotham killed of proto-Joker, Jerome, Arrow killed off Deadshot and Amanda Waller, and a potential Harley Quinn subplot on The CW was nixed before it could ever come to life.
Now, Gotham is set to bring Jerome back from the dead, and Deadshot has returned to the fold on Arrow. What that means for the future of DC’s movie-verse is unclear, but it’s obvious that the studio is making strides to reincorporate separate versions of their film characters once again.
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