James Gunn reveals 13 other DC characters he considered for Suicide squad, including Deathstroke. During the time Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Warner Bros. and DC Films called on the filmmaker to bring it to the DC Extended Universe. He had his choice of projects and decided that a new Suicide squad the movie suited him better. Gunn is taking the franchise in a new direction after the 2016 film’s poor reception.
Suicide squad features a mostly new collection of dark DC villains who risk their lives to save the world and reduce their prison sentences. The cast includes Margot Robbie who returns as Harley Quinn from the first film, as well as Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller). Gunn scoured DC comic history to find other unknown villains to pair with these characters. Their final lineup is spearheaded by Idris Elba’s Bloodsport and John Cena’s Peacemaker, but also includes characters like Polka-Dot Man, King Shark, Ratcatcher 2, Javelin, Sol Soria, Savant, TDK, Mongal, Blackguard, Weasel, and Thinker. The large cast of characters is the reason Suicide squad It is expected to have multiple Task Force X teams and heavy casualties.
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The DC Villain Collection at Suicide squad it’s a fun mix of lesser known characters and some completely obscure additions. However, James Gunn considered many other DC villains for the film. He has now revealed on Twitter a list of 13 other characters who were considered but ultimately dropped, as he felt the final selections were the best ever. The list includes Livewire, Punch, Jewelee, Black Spider, Deathstroke, Man-Bat, Plastique, Chemo, KGBeast, Solomon Grundy, Rainbow, Creature, Gunhawk, and Knockout. Gunn also doesn’t rule out these villains appearing in a sequel.
The most notable character considered by Suicide squad left out is Deathstroke. Joe Manganiello has already been cast as Deathstroke for Ben Affleck’s The batman but I never had a chance to show up after League of Justicemocks. This could have been an opportunity for him to show up as long as Gunn didn’t choose to rephrase the role. KGBeast also appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but this could have been a more comical version of the character. None of these other characters have appeared in the DCEU before, but some, like Livewire and Plastique, did appear in the Arrowverse.
Now that Gunn has revealed these alternate characters for Suicide squad, fans will likely be trying to figure out how they might have fit into the movie. Solomon Grundy and Chemo could have been alternatives to King Shark, while KGBeast, Gunhawk, and Black Spider could have been considered to replace Blackguard, Bloodsport, or Peacemaker. Man-Bat seems like an alternative to Weasel, while Deathstroke could also have been a main character instead of Bloodsport or Peacemaker. Since Gunn has an interest in bringing these DC villains to life on the big screen, that could happen in a sequel to Suicide squad if the film has the expected success.
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