Written by Cleveland Oakes, August 12, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Much to the chagrin of critics and movie snobs everywhere, Suicide Squad, continues to smash box office records. Clearly, then it’s no surprise that the haters will be dismayed to know Suicide Squad, is tracking at $51 million-$54 million on its second weekend.
No doubt, the suits down at Warner Brothers are already eyeing a sequel. Unquestionably fans are already hoping and praying for that sequel. In printed interviews yesterday, David Ayers stated that there were at least six to secen cuts of Suicide Squad. Obviously, studio executives couldn’t quite capture the essence of what makes Suicide Squad work as a comic book.
Accordingly, the gang down here at Slickster HQ have been talking among ourselves, and these are our list of Top Ten things we need to see in Suicide Squad 2.
10. Suicide Squad New Team Members
DC Comics has the deepest roster of the most iconic and recognizable villains. Namely, everyone knows Lex Luthor, Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, Sinestro, and Two Face. Undoubtedly fans would go nuts to see Harley Quinn and Catwoman go head-to-head on the big screen. Let’s make that happen guys!
9. New Locales
Similarly, DC also has the most iconic locations. To be sure fans are familiar with Gorilla City, Arkham Asylum, Slaughter Swamp, Skataris, hell even Coney Island just to name a few. One of the problems with Suicide Squad was that Midway City was completely forgettable. Unquestionably locale is as important; step it up a notch next time!
8. Better Use of the Joker
Prior to Suicide Squad‘s debut much to do was made about Jared Leto’s take on the Joker. Specifically his on-the-set antics. Nevertheless, the Harley and Joker love story didn’t pay off for most viewers. If you have the Joker in your movie, he needs to be the goddamn Joker. Fans felt mixed on Jared Leto’s lovesick Joker. Above all, next to Batman, Joker is one of the most dangerous men on the planet, we need to see him in action.
7. More Katana
Katana was easily a fan favorite of the 1980’s staple, Batman and the Outsiders. Point of fact, she was eventually promoted to her own solo series. As the only other non-criminal on this version of the Suicide Squad she deserved to be more than a bit player.
6. Harley/Deadshot/Joker Love Triangle
Fans of the Suicide Squad know one of the more interesting aspect of the book is Harley’s attraction to Deadshot. In other words, she hasn’t been “Daddy’s little monster” all the time. What happens when Mr. J finds out he has been two timed?
5. Rated R
Prior too Deadpool no one believed a rated-R superhero movie would fly. With its worldwide $782,603,445.00 gross, we all know that Deadpool was a box office and critical success. Suicide Squad 2, needs to explore the fun but darker side of the DCEU.
4. Deeper Ties to the DCEU
While the Justice League is the public face of America, Task Force X is the team that makes the hard decisions the Justice League of America can’t. Heroes, like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman regularly cross paths with Task Force X. As a result, Suicide Squad 2 would be a fun movie if it took a note from Batman: Assault on Arkham, and made on these classic heroes a “bad guy” trying to foil a Task Force X mission.
3. Street Level Villains KOBRA or H.I.V.E.
Marvel and DC have a long history of copying each other, after all imitation is the highest form of flattery. Of course KOBRA and H.I.V.E. are DC’s version of Marvel’s HYDRA and A.I.M. One of the worst features of Suicide Squad was the villain. An ancient witch would give even the Justice League a hard time. To be sure the Task Force X can handle any task, but the version of Task Force X in this movie would have been far better suited taking on these street level villains.
2. More Amanda Waller
Forget the Joker, true fans know that the most feared villain in the DC Universe is Amanda Waller. Admittedly the only people she respects are Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne. Even Superman tucks in his cape and turns tail when facing “The Wall.” Thus one of the most memorable storylines in recent Suicide Squad history forced Amanda Waller out of her comfort zone in the actual field with Task Force X. Viola Davis was a joy to watch and she deserved more screen time. Clearly, then “The Wall” needs to be an even bigger part in the sequel.
Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke is one of the most feared anti-heroes in the DCEU. More importantly the laundry list of his abilities include the following, 90% use of his brain, a former United States Army soldier, master of hand to hand combat, superhuman speed and strength, expert swordsman and marksman and lasty a healing factor. Think of him as Wolverine with the skills of Captain America and the brain power of Tony Stark. Deathstroke is easily a one man Task Force X. Furthermore, as a mercenary for hire Deathstroke could be the ultimate foil in the sequel.
So, Warner Brothers, we just gave you a list of ideas for free. Hell, head on down to Slickster HQ, we may even write the script for you.
These are just a few of the Top 10 things we would like to see in the sequel, what are yours?