With the recent announcements of the Suicide Squad[Suicide Squad](movie:2283363)release date and casting, the WB/DC are firing on all cylinders again. With Dawn of Justice having wrapped and entered post-production, the timing of Suicide Squad and the energy behind it, while welcome, is still a bit perplexing.
Why would WB/DC follow up what could be arguably the most anticipated comic-book movie, [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870), with a less famous property starring little known villains (little known outside of comic fans with the exception of Joker and Harley Quinn)?
The answer is simple: Suicide Squad is a multilevel counter-offensive at their competitors, Marvel, Sony, and Fox.
How so, you may ask?
Just as Marvel struck gold by introducing a quirky, lesser known comic-book property with [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073), WB/DC is attempting the same thing. There is nothing more quirky to the average superhero movie fan than a film about a team of psychotic and dysfunctional villains forced to work as a team of anti-heroes. That just goes against the grain of standard comic book expectations on the whole. It is the same formula of GotG: a group of misfits, thieves and killers who band together to stop an arch-villain. So before [Guardians of the Galaxy 2](movie:1081113) hits in 2017, Suicide Squad will have screened a year earlier. Take that, Marvel!
As for Sony, it is clear gut punch to their [Sinister Six](movie:1274281) spin off. So, while it seems that Sony flounders and their anti-hero, villain centric film hasn't gained any traction (it does have a named director, Drew Goddard, and a release date: 11/11/16, but no confirmed lineup or cast), WB/DC have fast tracked their own anti-hero, villain centric film. With casting announcements just recently made and the fact that the two similarly themed films open only 3 months apart, it appears Suicide Squad is far ahead in the lead. Take that, Sony!
Although Fox will be the first studio to get an anti-hero film to the screen first, (Deadpool has a release date of 2/16), they are actively developing a spin off an X-Force film to further expand their X-Men franchise. This comic book film adaptation would most likely follow the black ops based, militant, aggressive mutant team on missions that their more widely known brethren would not undertake. Sound familiar? But, by the time this film comes to fruition Suicide Squad 2 might be on the horizon. Take that, Fox!
Not to mention the potential [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363)'s lineup and casting can bring:
Will Smith as an acerbic, wise cracking (which fits the Fresh Prince's personality perfectly) Deadshot, in response to Ryan Reynolds', Deadpool.
And Enchantress is in response to [Doctor Strange](movie:559685) (11/16).