David Ayer Tweets About ‘Suicide Squad’

By January 31, 2015

By now, most people are well aware that the second major DC Comics cinematic adventure for 2016 will be writer/director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. With the cast all but set in with the likes of Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as the Joker, it seems like only a matter of time before we start to learn more solid information from the film’s set, since it will start shooting very soon.

All the more interesting, then, is a recent tweet by Ayer himself, showing that some WB production paperwork is on his desk, along with something else very interesting: a specific graphic novel. See the tweet below:

The graphic novel in question is volume 1 of the Suicide Squad series that began right when DC’s “New 52” initiative launched across their entire line of comics in September of 2011. Entitled “Kicked in the Teeth,” it provided readers with the very first glimpse of what the Squad looked like in the newly reformed DC Comics Universe, and introduced Harley Quinn as a member along with other elements of the revised status quo. The official synopsis for the volume reads,


The story begins with the Suicide Squad defeated, imprisoned and being interrogated about their newest mission. Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot and company must make it out alive without revealing who’s pulling the strings behind their illegal operations. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? More importantly will they make it all out alive?

Now, is this a solid hint at what the story for the film may look like? Not necessarily. Robbie’s casting as Harley Quinn shows that the filmmakers are certainly taking inspiration from the New 52 iteration of the team, but the Squad also has a lot of history that predates DC’s comic book relaunch from four years ago.

Like most DC Comics films since Batman Begins, it will likely be a hybrid adaptation that draws from many different comic book sources in order to create a new, cohesive whole. Just as The Dark Knight borrowed from the likes of Batman #1 and The Killing Joke, and as Man of Steel borrowed from Superman: Birthright and Secret Origin, it’s very likely that Suicide Squad will follow suit.

For more on this film as it develops, keep an eye 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.