Though several other networks are getting in on the action, The CW is still the reigning champ when it comes to small-screen superheroes these days. But DC’s film plans probably just killed what could’ve been the coolest series yet.
The network has already caught lightning in a bottle with the hit Flash spinoff from Arrow, and rumor has it the Atom could be next in line for his own show. A small-screen version of The Suicide Squad has been kicking around for a few seasons now, and there had been some buzz that the team could get a look for a potential show.
Well, now that Warner Bros. is ramping up a Suicide Squad film loaded with A-listers like Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, it sounds like the Arrow version could be sidelined from a starring role. But that doesn’t mean everyone’s favorite antiheroes won’t be back.
The Arrow version of the team is set to return later this season on the flagship series, and they’ll also star in the latest issue of the Arrow Season 2.5 tie-in comic. Arrow series writer Keto Shimizu told MTV they’re excited to tell new Suicide Stories stories within the framework of Arrow, but noted that the film project has left any potential standalone series dead in the water:
“Obviously, DC, they’d rather not have multiple versions of their characters happening in film and TV. Certainly that affects what we’re allowed to do in regards to Suicide Squad. But at the same time we exist in a totally different universe, and our characters are going to be very different from their version of the characters … And as heartbreaking as that is [fan desire for a spinoff], and as much a lot of us would like to see a Suicide Squad TV show exist, in light of what’s happening in the film world, it doesn’t seem like it’s a possibility.”
This makes sense, to a degree — but that’s assuming the average moviegoer is too dumb to distinguish between two versions of the team. We’re already going to have different film and television versions of the Flash, so why not the Suicide Squad? If anything, it’d help raise additional awareness about a relatively obscure franchise. That’s not a bad thing.
Plus, the Suicide Squad has been one of the coolest things about Arrow — and we’d love to see them get even more screen time. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to make do with Will Smith and whoever replaces Tom Hardy.
Would you like to see a small-screen series following the Suicide Squad?