DC Comics’ ‘Suicide Squad’ Targets David Ayer to Direct

By September 19, 2014

With the recent announcement of a slate of DC Comics-based films from Warner Bros. coming through the year 2020, fans and commentators have been speculating on exactly what characters will be committed to the big screen. A new report from Variety may have shed light on at least one of those releases, as they report that director David Ayer (End of Watch, October’s Fury) is being eyed to direct an adaptation of the DC property known as the Suicide Squad.

For those unfamiliar with the team, the Suicide Squad is a DC Comics creation of writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru from 1959, that was given a modern reinvigoration by writer John Ostrander in 1987. The core concept is that the team is made up of a variety of supervillains who have been captured and incarcerated, but are given opportunities to work toward commuted sentences in return for operating on a special operations team of deniable assets by the United States government. The missions that they undertake are often highly dangerous black ops that don’t often guarantee survival. In most modern appearances, they’re seen operating out of the fictional Belle Reve Penitentiary under the administration of the tough-as-nails Dr. Amanda Waller, a high-level government agent.

Variety states that their sources clearly label Ayer as Warner Bros.’ first choice to direct a Suicide Squad film from a script by Justin Marks, which is being produced by Dan Lin.

Most of the major characters that have appeared in different incarnations of the Suicide Squad include Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot (a mercenary who’s often seen crossing paths with Batman), expert military tactician Rick Flag, antihero martial artist Bronze Tiger, magic wielder Enchantress, and the powerhouse Blockbuster. DC’s New 52 also saw Joker accomplice Harley Quinn join the team in a major capacity, as well as prominent supervillain and assassin Deathstroke. It’s unclear who will be a part of the roster for the feature film, but the inclusion of Waller and Deadshot seems likely.

David Ayer’s World War II film Fury bows next month, while previous films like Training Day and End of Watch can likely give fans an idea of what the Suicide Squad would look like under his watch. For more details as they develop, be sure to keep your eyes on GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.