James Gunn on Why He Ditched Superman vs Suicide Squad Concept

If you had to guess an alternative foe for The Suicide Squad, there are dozens of heroes/villains that probably come to mind. While Superman might not be your first guess for a Suicide Squad showdown, it was actually in the realm of possibilities Well… it was a feasible option in the mind of James Gunn, at least.

The film itself ended up utilizing the unexpected larger-than-life villain Starro the Conquerer in the climactic battle, but after previously receiving plenty of offers to work with Superman, Gunn was finally intrigued about incorporating the Kryptonian superhero to battle the team of misfits. In a new interview with Script Apart, the writer and director talked about the idea that nearly brought a Suicide Squad vs. Superman cinematic event, explaining, "There was a time when I thought The Suicide Squad should fight Superman," He continued, "At the time, there were a lot of questions like, 'Who is Superman in the DCEU? Is this movie outside the DCEU? I just didn't want to deal with it all that much."

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In the end, it's probably for the best that we received a character like Starro, who isn't typically considered a villain worth adapting in a straightforward comic book adaptation. On the other hand, Superman has had several on-screen chances and is set to receive countless others in the future, so it feels like a justified decision to avoid the hassle and bench the Justice League leader a little while longer.

With another Superman project in the early development and a few sporadic DC projects to expand outside of the previously established Justice League roster, there's plenty of room for a mix of tentpole characters and the completely bizarre ones like Starro; right?

Would you have preferred to see the Suicide Squad face off against Superman, or do you think Starro was the best creative choice for the new DC film?


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