Thursday, February 26, 2009

Suicide Squad?

Movies based on comic books has been a great source of hits these past few years. The success of these movies has being pretty uneven. The big hit last year was DC Comics' and Warner Brothers “The Dark Knight”, but for every “The Dark Knight” there’s an Incredible Hulk.

However the success of movie franchises make studio willing to do these movies. The list of upcoming comic’s movies is pretty long. To my knowledge there’s Watchmen (opening next month, watch for my review here), Sin City 2, Wolverine, Iron Man 2, Thor, Supermax (a Green Arrow movie). These are the certainties. Possible comic’s movies in development include X-Men: First Class, Spiderman 4, Captain America, Green Lantern, a new Batman movie (almost a certainty), a new Superman movie, even a Youngblood movie.

So movies based on comic books are hot. So hot that I am wondering if it’s too much of a good thing. I think this when I heard that "Suicide Squad" is on its way to a movie reincarnation. Suicide Squad is a team of super villains who are given a shot at freedom by the government if they managed to complete a mission that will most likely kill them. A suicide mission thus the name of the team. Think the “Dirty Dozen” with superpowers.

A good interesting concept but why is Warner working on a film adaptation of it? "Suicide Squad" was never that popular to begin with. Even in it’s heydays in the 80’s and 90’s, it was a mid level book sale wise…at best.

I will admit I will be interested to see DC villains like Deadshot at work, but I hope Hollywood will not kill the goose laying the golden eggs. Overexposure can kill any genre.

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