Comics, Movies

Ha Ha! Warner Bros. Thinks It’s Making a Suicide Squad Movie


From Variety

Warner Bros. is going on a suicide mission, setting up the DC Comics
property “Suicide Squad” for Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”) to produce as
a potential franchise.

Stephen Gilchrist from Lin Pictures will co-produce. Justin Marks (“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Hack/Slash,” “Street Fighter”) is penning the screenplay.

Squad” will feature a mix of well-known and unknown villains recruited
by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for
superheroes. The historically independent operators must bury their own
interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on
a singular task.

From Topless Robot: There’s no goddamn way. First of all, let’s remember that Warner Bros. has announced about a dozen DC films over the past few years — Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Aquaman, the Supermax movie starring Green Arrow, a dozen different Superman films, and more — and none of them have ever gotten close to being made. And those are the films starring heroes. Suicide Squad is mostly nth-tier villains, who mass audiences would not and will not give the tiniest shit about. The “well-known” villains? Well, they kind of need to be introduced in actual goddamn superhero movies before they become “well-known” to mass audiences.

Second, I was under the impression that Warner and DC sat down recently to have a big brainstorming session about how to make a decent DC movie universe, or a least a coherent motion picture release plan, given Marvel’s recent box office badassery. If doing Suicide Squad was the end result of that meeting — if they believe they should be making a Suicide Squad movie before a Wonder Woman movie — then it is frankly amazing these people can put on their pants in the morning without accidentally strangling themselves.

I’m not saying Suicide Squad is a bad concept, or that it wouldn’t make for a fun — even good — movie. But it would absolutely flop at the box office because mass audiences don’t know about these characters. Eventually, the one person with a lick of sense over at Warner/DC will realize this, and cancel Suicide Squad like they’ve canceled all the other movies. Meanwhile, the genuinely known DC heroes will continue waiting with their super-thumbs up their super-asses.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.