“Suicide Squad” was one of the most anticipated films of the year 2016. However, the famous team of thugs had already appeared a few years earlier on the small screen, via “Arrow”. A presence, however, which died out as quickly as it appeared. Whose fault is it ?
Suicide Squad : DC’s critical flop
It is undeniable to think that Suicide Squad has divided a lot. Indeed, like Justice league released 1 year later, the film suffered its share of insults from many DC comic fans. Sloppy plot, villain totally failed, badly written characters, excessive pop soundtrack, Joker too little present … In short, David Ayer could not exploit the enormous potential of this group of anti-heroes, symbolized by the charismatic Harley Quinn (rare satisfaction of the film, thanks to a big performance by Margot Robbie). Moreover, the director continues today to torpedo his former producers, demanding an “Ayer Cut”, like the Snyder Cut for Justice league.
As a reminder, Suicide Squad relates the formation of a group of criminals, set up by secret agent Amanda Waller. The goal: to protect the world from the next dangerous meta-human, since Superman, deceased, is no longer present. Then only the Suicide Squad who will embark on a perilous mission.
Note that despite largely hostile criticism, Suicide Squad grossed $ 746.8 million in revenue (for a budget of $ 175 million).
When Arrow gets stung for his ideas
A few seasons ago, the Suicide Squad made its debut in the series. Arrow. Appearing three times on the show, the team included Amanda Waller, Deadshot, but also Harley Quinn who appears for a short cameo.
However, despite the small success of this new group, their plot will not be exploited at length by the writers ofArrow. So, as Willa Holland (performer of Thea Queen) explained on Flickering Myth, DC has put a strain in the wheels ofArrow so that the serial version of this team disappears, in order to leave the field open to the film :
We had big plans for Harley Quinn. Only something happened from the leaders who told us to stop this. So we had this hook with the ARGUS uniform and the appearance of this pigtailed girl, but her development will never happen.