Though the critical response to Warner Bros.’ 2016 supervillain-focused action film “Suicide Squad” was mixed overall, it slayed at the box office and made $745 million on a budget of $175 million. That was more than enough reason for Warner Bros. to put a sequel on the fast track. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has enlisted “Legend of Tarzan” scribe Adam Cozad to pen that sequel.
The first “Suicide Squad” film was written and directed by David Ayer. The film brought together some of DC Comics’ biggest bads — played by the likes of Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto — to perform clandestine operations for the United States government after the death of Superman, Earth’s most powerful superhero. Ayer has gone on to develop “Gotham City Sirens,” another DC Extended Universe film, alongside Harley Quinn herself Margot Robbie.
The “Suicide Squad” sequel is still in pursuit of a director, though the most recent name attached to the director’s chair was Mel Gibson. This caused a stir due to the “Hacksaw Ridge” director’s controversial past, which includes homophobic comments and a domestic dispute that resulted in a restraining order against Gibson.
The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X, has its roots deep in DC Comics lore. Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, the team debuted in 1959’s “The Brave and the Bold” #25. The original team’s backstory did not include the modern narrative of supervillains-turned-vigilantes; that element was introduced in 1987 when John Ostrander, Len Wein and John Byrne rebooted the team in “Legends” #3. Since then, the team has seen a rotating list of members, most notably Deadshot and Captain Boomerang, both of whom were obscure characters relegated to bit part villainous roles prior to the team’s reboot.
“Suicide Squad” has won a diverse array of awards. The film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and lead actress Margot Robbie won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Actress. On the other end of the spectrum, the Village Voice Film Poll awarded the film the Worst Movie title for 2016, while the Alliance of Women Film Journalists nominated Robbie for the Actress Most in Need of a New Agent Award.
“Suicide Squad” is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The upcoming sequel does not yet have a release date.
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