David Ayer Confirms Suicide Squad Once Had Much Closer Connections to the Cosmic Side of the DC Universe

Justice League wouldn’t have been the first movie to feature parademons.

That’s according to David Ayer himself, whose recent tweets confirm something that’s been rumored for a while, based on extant concept art and some solid guesswork: that an early version of Suicide Squad had explicit ties to Apokolips and Darkseid, with Steppenwolf as the big baddie.


This sounds, honestly, like a really strong narrative idea, tying it into the rest of the DC Extended Universe, setting up a Justice League Darkseid movie, and generally just being a lot radder than what we got. It’s not clear why the direction of the film was changed—to make it more standalone, perhaps—but it’s a meaningful loss. I’m not suggesting we start lobbying Warner Bros. for lost content—no one is ever suggesting that, ever, please stop doing that—but I do want to see that non-existent movie. Sounds fun.


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Julie Muncy

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