Many fans were excited when the Suicide Squad was introduced on Arrow during Season 2. Those same fans were disappointed once the squad started being killed off, an order that came from Warner Bros. according to Arrow star Willa Holland.
TV producer Greg Berlanti has created some of your favorite DC Comics TV shows, like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. Now, in a new interview with Vulture, Berlanti shed some light on exactly what happened with the Suicide Squad on Arrow.
To what extent are the comics R&D for the TV and movie properties? Does DC Comics president Geoff Johns come to you and say, “Hey, here’s something we tried out in a comic. Let’s try it here”?
Sometimes, or he has other executives mention that to us. They said to us a year and a half before they started developing Suicide Squad, “Will you guys put [a version of] the Suicide Squad in your show? Because we want to have it as a film at some point.” It also happened with Geoff when Geoff and Andrew [Kreisberg] and I were creating Flash. They were both really huge fans of Cisco Ramon, [also known as] Vibe,18 and had written a Vibe comic [in 2013] to try and bring him back. They said, “Could we please have Vibe on the show?”
It sounds like Warner Bros. just wanted to test the waters before committing to a movie about the bad guys. Perhaps there are storylines going on right now on DC Comics television that will make their way into a future movie.
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