The Suicide Squad writer-director James Gunn has revealed that Warner Bros. gave him free rein over killing off characters in the upcoming DCEU movie.
Taking to Twitter, Gunn retweeted a fan who pondered which members of Task Force X were likely to survive the movie, alongside the cover image to the December 2020 issue of Empire magazine, which features the entire ensemble cast gathered together. Gunn then posed the question to his own Twitter followers, asking them which two characters they thought were most likely to stay alive.
No character was protected by DC. They gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted. That was one of the things we agreed to before I came to work for them. I wasn’t looking for shock value but I wanted the audience to know anything could happen. #StoryReignsSupreme #TheSuicideSquad https://t.co/VxH2ChdqWf
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 24, 2020
In response, one fan shared their opinion that some Suicide Squad characters have “franchise armour” that would prevent them from appearing on the director’s kill list. This person suggested that Harley Quinn, King Shark, and Amanda Waller would be “protected” from death because “DC has them in other things” while there is an 80% chance that any of the other characters could die.
Gunn quickly debunked this suggestion, as he revealed that one of his conditions for taking on the project was that he could kill any character. He tweeted: “No character was protected by DC. They gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted. That was one of the things we agreed to before I came to work for them. I wasn’t looking for shock value but I wanted the audience to know anything could happen.”
In the DC comics, the Suicide Squad gained a reputation for having an increasingly high body count — a trend that continued in the antihero team’s various other incarnations and adaptations.
With every member of the squad being expendable once again, no one can be sure who will survive Gunn’s soft reboot, which stars Idris Elba as Bloodsport, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, John Cena as Peacemaker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher II, Steve Agee as King Shark (mo-cap) and John Economos, Sean Gunn as Weasel (mo-cap), Flula Borg as Javelin, Nathan Fillion as TDK, Peter Capaldi as The Thinker, Pete Davidson as Blackguard, Alice Braga as Solsoria, Mayling Ng as Mongal, and Michael Rooker as Savant.
The Suicide Squad is currently scheduled to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.
Speculation is now rife as to who will survive the movie’s runtime, though Gunn admitted that he doesn’t have time to tally up the results because he is busy writing the upcoming HBO Max spinoff series focused on John Cena’s Peacemaker, which will be produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.