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‘Hardcore violent’ Suicide Squad game may involve John Ostrander

by  in Comic News Comment

Veteran writer John Ostrander may have a hand in the “hardcore violent” Suicide Squad video game announced two weeks ago at Comic-Con International.

In an interview with CBR TV posted this morning, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns revealed he has already spoken with Ostrander, who in 1987 resurrected the nearly three-decades-old property and wrote, or co-wrote, the series for its 66-issue run.

Ostrander’s update recast the Suicide Squad as supervillains employed by the U.S. government to perform missions that were considered suicide runs. That series, as well as the short-lived 2001 relaunch, featured such characters as Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Bronze Tiger, Enchantress, Captain Cold and Amanda Waller.

Suicide Squad is an awesome title,” Johns told CBR TV. “Even if you’ve never heard of Suicide Squad, that’s a cool video-game name. […] It’s going to take years to make, but I’m psyched because everyone’s committed to it, and it’s going to be, you know — not to get into too much detail, but obviously, Deadshot and all of those guys … I think it could be a fantastic game. I think it’s a fantastic group of characters that have never done much outside of the comics.”

The Suicide Squad game is part of a push to get more DC characters in titles from the rapidly expanding Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment division. (In March Warner Bros. announced a new Montreal studio that will focus largely on developing games based on the company’s comics properties.)

“Jim Lee and I were talking a lot about video games,” Johns said, “and one of the things we want to do is not just do Batman, not just do Superman. We want to do all sorts of characters that would be great in any medium.”

You can watch the entire video after the break.