Ever wonder why the creative forces behind the ‘Arrowverse’ went through all that time and energy setting up both Amanda Waller, ARGUS, and the Suicide Squad, and then only used the squad 3 times (with each incarnation smaller than the last), and then eventually killing off Amanda Waller? Well wonder no longer, as we finally have somewhat of an answer from behind the scenes, and it is surprisingly not at all exactly what I expected. I had thought that the people of ‘Arrow’ had really wanted to do the Suicide Squad and got it all
I had thought that the people of ‘Arrow’ had really wanted to do the Suicide Squad and got it all set up, and were then told by Warner Brothers to drop all those characters so they could make a ‘Suicide Squad’ movie in the DCEU. That apparently is not entirely the case. According to Executive Producer Greg Berlanti:
“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.”
This makes a huge difference, as it was the actual movie folks who asked the TV people to work with the Suicide Squad, and not the TV people trying to push it and being told to shut it down prematurely. Of course, I still believe that Berlanti and company probably had a lot more plans for their version of Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad and were told to end those plotlines/characters before they could properly wrap up their stories, but the fact that the studio let them play with those characters first makes me feel a lot more charitable toward Warner Bros and the DCEU folks, who I had thought were just behind the scenes telling the Arrowverse show runners what characters they could not use any more.
What are your thoughts on the situation? Do you think the DCEU movie people should let the TV folk do whatever they want with the characters and stop worrying about audiences being confused about having different versions on TV and in the movies? Share your opinions in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter.