If you’ve already had the chance to watch The Suicide Squad, you would have revelled in all the peculiar anti-heroes from the DC Universe. But according to director James Gunn, the sequel to the 2016 Suicide Squad could have looked a lot different. Appearing on the Script Apart podcast, the Disney alumni said at first he wanted Superman as the antagonist instead of Starro the Conqueror.
“There was a time when I thought The Suicide Squad should fight Superman,” Gunn told the outlet.
“I thought that was a very interesting story,” the filmmaker added. “Then I came up with Starro. He’s a character I love from the comics. I think he’s a perfect comic book character because he’s absolutely ludicrous but also very scary in his own way. What he does is scary. He used to scare the crap out of me when I was a child, putting those facehuggers on Superman and Batman. So I thought he was one of the major, major DC villains that was probably never going to be put into another movie. And if they did, it’d have been a ‘black cloud’ version of Starro. Not a giant walking starfish, a kaiju that’s bright pink and cerulean blue, this ridiculously big, bright bad guy.”
Gunn explained that he grappled with where Superman ‘s inclusion would sit in the DC Extended Universe and eventually decided against it.
“At the time, there were a lot of questions like, ‘Who is Superman in the DCEU? Is this movie outside the DCEU?’, and I just didn’t want to deal with it all that much. I just wanted to tell a good story.”
The Suicide Squad has seen great success since its release into cinemas and currently sits at 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. So far the film has garnered $42.4 million in US alone.