The Suicide Squad Was Almost an Elseworlds Movie

by Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr
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During an interview with, director James Gunn revealed he considered doing ‘The Suicide Squad’ as an Elseworlds movie.

The Suicide Squad is an interesting film because it’s not quite a sequel, but it’s also not quite a reboot. It’s simply a new direction with a different tone and director. Reportedly, you won’t even need to have seen the first movie for this one to make sense. Even with that, Gunn was clear about having his take on Task Force X taking place in the same universe as David Ayer’s (and the rest of the DCEU). While that is the case, there was a brief moment where The Suicide Squad could have lived as an Elseworlds movie, akin to 2019’s Joker.

Gunn spoke with’s Brandon Davis, and part of that conversation led to the possible Elseworlds route. Gunn explained he considered making the movie its own thing and not connected to the DCEU. It was his appeal to working with the actors from the previous Suicide Squad that was a reason he wanted to make the movie in the first place:

Gunn’ Own Words

Well, listen, it isn’t very different with the Guardians movies. I mean, I’ve made two Guardians movies that were completely outside of the rest of the stories at the time. I never really had to adhere to anything except where I created the Infinity Stones, so that was it. It isn’t that different, but the truth is that David Ayer did a remarkable job, both working with and casting a few of these actors.


I love the character of Harley Quinn. I do not think that there’s an actor alive that can do a better job than Margot Robbie. Did I consider it? Yeah, I definitely considered just doing a Joker [type movie] with it, but I liked the idea of using some of these fantastic talents that were in the first movie and moving ahead with them.


I love Joel [Kinnaman]. I love Viola [Davis]. I mean, who’s better than that? And Jai [Courtney]. I love all of those actors, so I wanted to work with them.

While The Suicide Squad seems to be set in the DCEU, there’s no telling how much the movie will actually reference or influence the DC film universe. Though, with The Flash set to open up the multiverse, Gunn’s take on The Suicide Squad could live on any Earth that makes sense.

The Suicide Squad opens in theaters and drops on HBO Max next week on August 6th, 2021. Are you planning on watching? Let us know what you think!


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