Keeping the film and television worlds of DC Comics is not easy. Just ask executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who must walk a fine line when it comes to using characters in The CW’s Arrow that Warner Bros. might be interested in including in a movie.
Although fans noticed a drain of villains who all seemed headed to last August’s Suicide Squad, Guggenheim says some are coming back. At least, according to ScreenCrush, as long as DC allows him to do it.
That started in Thursday’s episode when Michael Rowe revived his character Deadshot, who was played by Will Smith in the recent film. Deadshot was killed off in Season 3 of Arrow, with many fans assuming because the character would play such a prominent role in Suicide Squad.
Guggenheim wants to introduce and re-introduce more members of that squad, but all he can do at this point is ask DC and hope they agree, or at least acquiesce.
It’s always a case-by-case thing, so I never like talking about like, ‘Oh, this is what we can do going into the future.’ I don’t know what the future holds because I haven’t approached that case-by-case situation.”
For Deadshot, the Arrow writing team pitched the idea of resurrecting the character. Guggenheim emailed Geoff Johns, the president and chief creative officer at DC, who in turn gave his approval to let Deadshot return.
ScreenCrush points out that Arrow did indeed put together a small version of the Suicide Squad in its second season, which included Deadshot, Bronze Tiger and Shrapnel. There also was a character who looked and acted a lot like Harley Quinn, but the show never specifically gave her that name.
Soon after that reunion, many of the characters were killed or shifted to roles that took place off-camera.
By the way, Suicide Squad did pretty well at the box office for DC and Warner Bros., earning $323.9 million domestically, and $743.5 million worldwide. Domestically, it’s ranked eight for 2016, just a few million behind Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Arrow airs Wednesdays on The CW.
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