Ever since the success of The Avengers in 2012, many movie studios are trying to copy Marvel's formula for a shared cinematic universe. In 2016, we're going to see DC and Warner Bros attempt it with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while we're also going to see Sony's new venture with Sinister Six, a Spider-Man villains team up movie. While Warner Bros also announced that they will be taking on the villain-centric movie too with the [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363), it's not clear if audiences are ready to accept movies with comic book anti-heroes and villain as its leads, but let's take a bigger look at Warner Bros. Suicide Squad and whether it will fit into the DC Cinematic Universe.
While big-ticket DC villains like The Joker and Lex Luthor aren't in the Suicide Squad, they are featured throughout its mythology. In fact, Batman and Superman have ties to the super-villain team. In its most recent animated feature film Batman: Assault on Arkham, the Suicide Squad is assembled to break into Arkham Asylum to kill The Riddler before he exposes Amanda Waller, a top ranking and shifty government agent, secrets. She recruits villains Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang, Black Spider, Killer Frost, and KGBeast as the Suicide Squad to do her bidding (Honestly, if you're not familiar with the Suicide Squad, I implore you to check out [Batman: Assault on Arkham](movie:1409921) for a very good overview and a ripping story). I believe the version that appears in Batman: Assault on Arkham will also appear in the new movie with director David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) at the helm.
A few weeks ago, Warner Bros announced a large swath of release dates for untitled movies, so it's easy to see that one of those dates will be for the Suicide Squad. It's unclear when the movie would be released, but I think the safe money is on sometime in 2017, so that leaves two dates with June 23 and November 17. If I had to guess, I would go with the latter with the former going to the Justice League movie. The year 2017 should be a good one for Warner Bros with two DC movies; one with a superhero team up and a super-villain team up too. If this is the case, it's clear that both movies will exist in a shared universe, while there's a very good chance we'd see a few spinoff movies afterwards, namely with Harley Quinn and Deadshot. Can you just see the movie titles pop on the big screen? Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn!!
David Ayer is an inspired choice as well. He's mostly known for gritty and (somewhat) realistic crime dramas, as the director of End of Watch and the screenwriter for Training Day. Ayers style perfectly fits in with what Zack Snyder is trying to do with the [Justice League](movie:401267) and [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870), while focusing on the darker side of the superhero movie genre. Make no mistake about it, Suicide Squad's tone will be dark and gritty. I would love to see a rated R attached to the film, but in today's superhero/comic book climate, that ain't goin' to happen!
Casting is an important element to Suicide Squad, as it's almost hard to see who would be in the new film. Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff has expressed an interest in playing Harley Quinn on the big screen, while it's unclear if she'll fit in with what Warner Bros. is trying to do with the new movie. Your guess is good as mine, Jane Levy, Emma Watson, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried? How do you see playing Harley Quinn?
If Sony's Sinister Six proves successful and profitable in 2016, then you're going to see more and more villain team up movies in the works. We can say that Warner Bros and DC are trying to stay ahead of the curve on this one and might actually beat Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel to the punch. Fox has its options with The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants as their own villain team up movie, while Marvel could possibly do a Masters of Evil or Serpent Society movie.
What do you think? How would Suicide Squad fit into the DC Cinematic Universe? Hit me up in the comments below!