A day after Warner Bros. lets us all know the movie awesomness of 2010, they announce a new comic book film project which obviously comes from a DC comic property called 'Suicide Squad'. The project is being set up by 'Sherlock Holmes' producer Dan Lin for a potential franchise.
Now time for a brief look at Suicide Squads history...
The Suicide Squad debuted in 1959 in 'The Brave and the Bold', but got it's own little mini series going in 1986 with 'Legends'. The renewed concept involved the government employing a group of supervillains to perform missions that were pretty much suicide runs, the concept proved to be popular enough for an ongoing series which ended up being 'Suicide Squad' which was launched in 1987. While the team was successful on most of their missions, they often failed and one or more members would often die. The use of minor villains and heroes added to the jeopardy, it was never clear whether any given character would survive a mission, and the series did not shy away from killing off some of its principal characters. The Suicide Squad lasted 66 issues, but made little cameo appearances here and there.
Sounds pretty cool if you ask me! Variety reports:
In a departure from normal comic-based fare, "Suicide Squad" concentrates on a group of incarcerated supervillains rather than the usual focus on superheroes.
Stephen Gilchrist from Lin Pictures will co-produce. Justin Marks ("20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Hack/Slash," "Street Fighter") is penning the screenplay.
"Suicide Squad" will feature a mix of well-known and unknown villains recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes. The historically independent operators must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task.
It think they could have a pretty cool little movie on their hands if they do it well. What do you think?