Arrow's Short-Lived Version of Suicide Squad Was a Test for the Movie

Thursday, 08 September 2016 - 11:01AM
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Thursday, 08 September 2016 - 11:01AM
Arrow's Short-Lived Version of Suicide Squad Was a Test for the Movie
Before Suicide Squad hit the big screen, Arrow had a proto-version of the supervillain team Task Force X, before abruptly killing most of them off. Now, we might have a better understanding of why they chose to begin that storyline in the first place, if they weren't going to follow through with it. In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, producer Greg Berlanti seemed to reveal that Arrow's version of Suicide Squad was a test for the viability of a Suicide Squad movie:
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To what extent are the comics R&D for the TV and movie properties? Does DC Comics president Geoff Johns come to you and say, "Hey, here's something we tried out in a comic. Let's try it here"?

Sometimes, or he has other executives mention that to us. They said to us a year and a half before they started developing Suicide Squad, "Will you guys put [a version of] the Suicide Squad in your show? Because we want to have it as a film at some point."
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He doesn't say it explicitly, but he heavily hints that Warner Bros. asked them to put Suicide Squad in, then asked them to kill off the characters once they were well-received. This makes sense, considering that they used many of the same characters, such as Deadshot, Boomerang, Amanda Waller, and briefly Harley Quinn, only to abort the plotline prematurely. This also confirms Willa Holland's claim that WB forced Arrow to kill off Suicide Squad once they decided to do a movie.

It makes sense that WB would want to test the characters on a show, but it doesn't really make sense that they would be killed off for the sake of the movie. There are multiple versions of The Flash, Batman, and many other characters in the DC Universe; that's one of the perks of keeping the TV and movie universes separate. And considering the fan reception of Suicide Squad, maybe the lesson to be learned is that Greg Berlanti should have lent his magic touch to the movie—like he will with Booster Gold.
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