Despite poor critical reception, Suicide Squad made over $745million earlier this year. While it was certainly a different approach by DC, the star studded cast probably added to that impressive gross. One of the most intriguing decisions was casting Will Smith has hit-man Deadshot, and making him a bit-part of an ensemble cast. The Fresh Prince is used to headlining a film, and he’s now set to do that within the DC Extended Universe.
Smith’s Suicide Squad alum Margot Robbie already has her own Harley Quinn based Spin-off. THR confirmed that Squad director David Ayer is re-teaming with Robbie for that film, titled Gotham City Sirens. Buried in that article was confirmation that DC and Warner Bros. are working on a stand-alone for another Task Force X member.
The Deadshot film – which will probably feature Batman, as all DC films seem to do – is a long way off. It’s still in the early stages of development. However, it’s easy to see why the studio would push for this. Smith was one of the few universally praised parts of Suicide Squad, and his name still draws a crowd. However, his latest release, Collateral Beauty, has an 11% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yep, it’s even lower than Suicide Squad. Clearly he’s in need of a blockbuster hit, just like the DCEU, and this could be that hit. After all, Deadshot never misses.
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
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