Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have been developing a Suicide Squad film for years. Back in 2011, Justin Marks was hired to pen the script for the action thriller, which would bring together some of DC’s lesser known supervillains for a government-sponsored team. However, the movie adaptation was more recently put on hold as WB placed more focus on developing Justice League. With plenty of bigger fish to fry at DC, many didn’t expect the Suicide Squad to assemble on the big screen anytime soon. But a major new development suggests otherwise.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. is considering End of Watch and Sabotage director David Ayer to helm Suicide Squad. While the site is unsure of how far along the negotiation process is, Ayer is the studio’s top choice for the job. And that should be clear, given the director’s gritty filmography. Dan Lin serves as a producer for the DC adaptation.
Even though A-list DC villains such as Lex Luthor and Joker are not expected to feature in Suicide Squad (obviously), Variety adds that “the characters will likely have an opportunity to cross over between other DC properties and vice versa for non-Suicide Squad members appearing in this film.” So, it appears we can assume that the film will indeed be a part of the DC Cinematic Universe. Ayer’s latest film, the Brad Pitt-starrer Fury, hits theaters October 17th. So don’t be surprised if we hear from the director about Suicide Squad during that movie’s press junket. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.