James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is the second adaptation of the bombastic superhero comic in just five years, telling the story of a ragtag group of supervillains forced into doing heroes work. Featuring an eclectic bunch of characters including Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Peacemaker (John Cena), King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), Polka-dot man (David Dastmalchian) and many more, the director has recently stated that the film almost even included comic’s most famous strongman, Superman.
Speaking on the Script Apart podcast, James Gunn explained that he initially penned Superman in as the villain to fight against the titular squad of antiheroes. He instead went for the strange giant alien, Starro, a pulsating pink starfish, to which Gunn explained: “[Starro is] a character I love from the comics. I think he’s a perfect comic book character because he’s absolutely ludicrous but he’s 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 face-huggers on Superman and Batman and stuff. So I thought he was one of the major, major DC villains that was probably never going to be put into another movie,” James Gunn added. Continuing, he noted, “And if they did, they would do it like the black cloud version of Starro. Not a giant walking starfish, a kaiju that is bright pink and cerulean blue, just ridiculously big, bright bad guy”.
The fan-favourite director also wasn’t too keen on meddling with the consequences of involving DC’s most pivotal character in his story, adding, “I just didn’t want to deal with it all that much,” with suddenly so much more to consider when you’ve got the ‘man of steel’ involved.
The Suicide Squad is out now in cinema’s worldwide, starring Margot Robbie, John Cena, Sylvester Stallone, David Dastmalchian, Idris Elba and more. Take a look at the trailer below.