Warner Bros. and DC are mining quite a bit of material from the Suicide Squad comics. Not only has this team of super villains been featured in previous episodes of The CW's Arrow, director David Ayer is getting ready to bring them to the big screen in a feature film. Of course, the TV and movie casts are both quite a bit different. In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, actor Michael Rowe, who plays Deadshot on the show, had quite a bit to say about his film counterpart Will Smith, and the possibility of a Suicide Squad spinoff series.
Last month, it was revealed that The CW is planning to create more spinoff shows from Arrow, especially with The Flash being so popular. Brandon Routh's Atom was mentioned as a good candidate. And there was even mention of a Suicide Squad series in the recent past, but that was before Warner Bros. decided to bring the characters to the big screen. With the Suicide Squad ready to return on Arrow in the weeks ahead, Michael Rowe took this as an opportunity to discuss both the upcoming movie and the potential for a standalone show.
"I've grown quite attached to it, the character and the squad. So for Will Smith to takeover Deadshot, it's gonna be fun, man, because he's gonna take the squad, and all the A-list stars, are gonna make the squad into a household name and give it the respect that it's due, so that makes me really happy. I guess if you do look at it, as we proved it on TV and it graduates into film, it does kind of take away some of the stuff that we could have done because we're sharing the property with the film, it does limit you. So there's good things and bad things for it. I think Will Smith is going to make a very interesting Deadshot so I can't wait to see what he does. I do take is as a little bit of a compliment. I didn't in the beginning, I didn't think much, but the conversations I've had with people and stuff like that, we did our job on TV, we work hard. It is a compliment to say 'Let's go to the biggest level we can with it.' Definitely a pat on the back there."
The upcoming return of the Suicide Squad on Arrow almost feels like a back-door pilot for a standalone series. If that actually did happen, Michael Rowe certainly wants to be included:
"Yeah, I'd be into it, man! Like I said, I would love to do this character more. That's my problem with it, there's so much we can do, but there's only so much we can do on 'Arrow'. We can't develop them into full capacity. I hear the buzz that goes on online and I hear people chirping around the background, stuff like that. It definitely was a possible, but I don't know now because of the film. If it ever does happen, I'm all in, 100%, I'd love to do it. We just gotta wait, that ship is sailed for the time being, we just gotta wait and see what happens."
Alas, at this time, it doesn't look like Warner Bros. is willing to share Suicide Squad equally between the big screen and the small screen. If the movie is a hit, it will surely spawn a franchise. And a small screen version of that, that people can get every week for free, just might diminish the returns. What do you think? Do you want to see the Suicide Squad break free from Arrow? Or should they only be allowed to stretch out on their own on the big screen?