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‘The Suicide Squad’ Originally Had Superman In A Pivotal Role

‘The Suicide Squad’ Originally Had Superman In A Pivotal Role

The real villain of The Suicide Squad is definitely not one you'll forget.

Imogen Donovan

Imogen Donovan

The Suicide Squad is a reinterpretation of the movie of the same name from several years ago, and I'll tell you right now, it's very entertaining and very gory. Interestingly, director James Gunn originally wanted the group of loser supervillains to knock heads with the burly jobsworth, Superman.

"We really wanted to make sure that this stands on its own two feet. So... it's not a sequel, but there are some characters that were in the first movie, right? So it's not really a full reboot either. So we just call it James Gunn's The Suicide Squad," explained producer Peter Safran last month. The cast sees the return of a number of characters from the original movie, like Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag and Amanda Waller. However, Gunn had a lot of freedom from Warner Bros. when developing the direction that the new Suicide Squad movie would take. Speaking in an interview with Filmstarts, he revealed that the villain of the movie was actually meant to be Superman in the early drafts of the script.

Spoilers for The Suicide Squad follow, so book your tickets at the cinema or settle onto the sofa and boot up HBO Max if you're yet to see the movie. In the interim, watch this trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League.

"When I started writing The Suicide Squad, one idea was that they would fight Superman," explained the director, as translated by Google Translate. "The Suicide Squad has to catch Superman for some reason. That was all, just a vague idea. It's gotten out of hand or is being controlled by someone. And then this group of lousy super villains has to face the most powerful hero in the world."

That is more or less the premise of Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League. Coming to PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the game sees Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark at the disposal of Amanda Waller. The Earth (more specifically, Metropolis) is being attacked by Brainiac and there is only one plan left on the table, and that's to deploy these dangerous and volatile villains in the battle for humanity. They must take down the Alpha Target - who happens to be Superman. The Justice League is being controlled by Brainiac and the player is able to either jump into the action solo or in a four-player co-op mode.

Of course, Suicide Squad started with the aftermath of the death of Superman and The Suicide Squad relayed that Bloodsport is in prison as he shot the hero with a Kryptonite bullet. My thoughts? I'm glad it wasn't Superman in The Suicide Squad. Battling a giant purple starfish from outer space who could control people with terrifying tiny face-hugger clones of itself was bang on for the bizarre and brutal rollercoaster ride. Plus, there's a part of you that does root for Starro. This city is yours, babe. Anyway, Superman is surely tied to the story in some shape or form, and it's possible that this concept from Gunn could be realised on the silver screen. "I like this idea and if DC does this sequel, then please not without me," added the director.

Featured Image Credit: DC Films

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