While "Suicide Squad" hasn't exactly been a critical success, the Warner Bros. film broke box office records when it debuted last month, on its way to earning nearly $679 million (and counting) worldwide. However, the superhero movie might never have happened without some help from The CW's "Arrow."
In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, "Arrow" Executive Producer Greg Berlanti touched upon the relationship between DC Comics and the film and television properties, and revealed the drama helped to pave the way for "Suicide Squad."
"They said to us a year and a half before they started developing 'Suicide Squad,' 'Will you guys put [a version of] the Suicide Squad in your show? Because we want to have it as a film at some point.'"
"Arrow's" version of the team debuted in the Season 2 episode titled, appropriately enough, "Suicide Squad," in which A.R.G.U.S. Director Amanda Waller approaches ex-soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey)to stop a warlord he knew in Afghanistan. When Waller introduces Diggle to the team he’ll work with, he realizes they’re all criminals, some of whom he and Arrow had helped put away.
Although Deadshot is the only member of Task Force X that appeared both on "Arrow" and in the film (played by different actors), it's nevertheless interesting to see how a television series can be used to gauge audience interest in a concept or property.
"Arrow" returns for its fifth season Oct. 5 on The CW.