Warner Bros. and DC have been planning a live action film based on Task Force X, or as they’re better known Suicide Squad, for quite a while. Now it seems close to actually happening. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director David Ayer ( End of Watch, Fury) is circling the big screen adaptation.
Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) was previously attached to pen a script for the film, THR reports he wrote a script in 2011. But that was reportedly put on the back burner, since WB’s interest turned to developing a Justice League film following the success of Marvel’s The Avengers.
Last December Suicide Squad was part of a rumor that said DC would be doing some gritty lower budget films. It is not known if this is still the case, as at the time it was David S. Goyer adapting them. A film about a ragtag group of misfits, could DC be looking to capitalize on the success of Guardians of the Galaxy?
Suicide Squad was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru and made its first appearance in 1959’s The Brave and The Bold (vol. 1) #25. A second squad came in 1987 created by John Ostrander, and a new version was launched in July as seen above. The basic idea is the Suicide Squad is an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the US Government, undertaking high risk black ops or “suicide” missions in exchange for shorter prison sentences. The team has included numerous DC villains among its roster including Bane, Captain Boomerang, Count Vertigo, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, Poison Ivy and more.
The CW’s Arrow introduced their own version of the team in its msecond season: Bronze Tiger, Deadshot, Shrapnel, Lyla Michaels. and temporary member John Diggle. The recent animated film, Assault on Arkham, also had its own version of the team consisting of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang, Black Spider, Killer Frost, and KGBeast.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter