Suicide Squad Is “The Dirty Dozen: With Super-Villains

By Drax Largo on October 21st, 2014

When Warner Bros. announced a spate of DC- Comics-related movies last week, Suicide Squad was one of the notable entries on the development slate. What’s even more interesting is the fact that writer/director David Ayer (Fury) was announced as the driving creative force behind the project. Although his work has never been short on action, the tone in his filmography is definitely grittier than any superhero movie, including Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.

So what can fans expect from Ayer when it comes to his adaptation of Suicide Squad?

“It’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains,” he told British movie magazine Empire, adding, “Does a movie really need good guys?”

Maybe not. Ayer’s characters have always exhibited a high degree of grey area. Just see End of Watch, Street Kings and his current theatrical release, box office champ Fury.

Like The Dirty Dozen, Suicide Squad features a band of DC baddies who’ve been incarcerated for one transgression or another. The revolving door of villains agree to the undertake a batch of high-risk black-op missions for the government in order to receive commuted prison sentences.

The first version debuted in The Brave and the Bold (vol. 1) #25 (1959), and the second in Legends #3 (1987). An “original” Suicide Squad was retconned into existence in Secret Origins (vol. 2) #14, in order to form a connection between the two Squads.

So who will fill out this rogues gallery? Word is Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie are in talks, but at this point nothing is concrete. When it comes to casting ideas, Ayer said, ““I don’t know what I’m going to do,” he said. “I’m going to do what I do in my typical fever dream of directing.”

Alrightee, then. Whatever that means…

At present, Suicide Squad is scheduled for release Aug. 5, 2016.

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