Whether you like it or not, it is clear that this month's Suicide Squad will leave some sort of a mark on the comic book film industry, for better or for worse. And while a great many people talk mainly about the quality of the film or the perfect cast, there is one thing no one is really talking about, which is how exactly Suicide Squad impacted the future of the industry, and the paths it opened for the universes to travel on.
So in this article, I will be discussing all the new opportunities which the MCU and the DCEU have because of the release of Suicide Squad.
Now keep in mind: Spoiler alert! This article might contain spoilers for Suicide Squad! Now let's get this started!
Following In the Footsteps Of Guardians Of The Galaxy
Even thought this might not please many DC fans, it is been argued by many that the film was basically DC's answer to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and some similarities are truly undeniable. They are both very absurd teams heading towards mass popularity, with some absurd characters such as a walking tree, talking raccoon, or a human crocodile.
With Guardians of the Galaxy being on of 2014's best films, and Suicide Squad continuously gaining more money at the box office, it could be said that both films have proven that even the strangest characters and most unknown team can be successful on the big screen, which is exactly what I am here to talk about.
More Absurd Characters
In the past, movie studios were much more limited by the amount of material they could take from the comics. Many comic characters had an over-exaggerated, almost cartoonish feel to them, making studios scared to use them because of the fear of flopping or overall failure. However, as both movies mentioned above proved, absurdism is not something to be afraid of, and studios have opened their doors to more weird characters to climb onto the movie screen.
One primary example of this is Squirrel Girl, a rather hated superheroine with the horrible powers of a squirrel who somehow beat Thanos. Anyway, she apparently caught the eye of the beloved Anna Kendrick, who has openly stated that she would love to play the character in the MCU. Since then, she has got the approval of the Russo brothers themselves, as they said according to nerdist.com:
"It would be a perfect casting, and we're huge Anna Kendrick fans"
This just proves to us that there is still a chance for characters such as Squirrel Girl and many others to appear on the big screen, a chance that might not have been possible if not for Suicide Squad.
More Absurd Teams
Even though we talked about characters, both Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy were team-based movies, which obviously opens the opportunity for studios to introduce us to some crazy teams. The team that is the most obvious here is The New Mutants, an X-Men team lead by Magik that includes some of the craziest-looking characters in that side of the Marvel universe.
another example is the Inhumans, which even though has been cancelled according to reports, can now be a promising success because of the rise of absurd teams thanks to Suicide Squad.
More Absurd Stories
While the plot of Suicide Squad was not the greatest, absurd characters can come with some intense stories. With the movie opening up the comic book movie universe to the more absurd side of comics, they can also finally pitch us some of the craziest stories that ever graced the comics like House of M and the fact that there are now three Jokers?!
For those who have seen Suicide Squad, how many of the Easter Eggs in the video below were you able to spot?
Anyway, this is it! This is the road which Suicide Squad paved us and the comic book cinematic world! What do you think? What do you want to see in the future? Make sure check out my other posts and join creators.co to make your own!