Hey you! Did you absolutely love Suicide Squad, and are you desperate for more of the same?
No? Well Warner Bros doesn’t care! The studio is working on not one, but three sorta-sequels to this year’s horrendously disappointing supervillain team-up movie.
A lot of the attention from journalists is going to Gotham City Sirens, the Harley Quinn spin-off that everyone has been wanting to see, in the hopes that the movie’s most popular character will get to shine a little more once she’s no longer being directed by David Ayer.
Too bad, though—turns out Ayer himself is going to direct Gotham City Sirens, because Warner Bros doesn’t care about crafting empowering female-led movie projects, and instead wants to perpetuate storytelling that disguises domestic abuse as true love.
And, once you’ve had your fill of David Ayer further objectifying Harley Quinn in Gotham City Sirens, you can become even more tired of the concept when DC returns to beat their dead horse some more as they push forward with Suicide Squad 2—the movie that nobody wants, but that everybody will pay to see.
Just talking about this movie is enough to make anyone start coughing up glitter and underdeveloped character motivations.
But just when you thought it was safe to come out of your hastily constructed DC Movie shelter, get ready for another round of Will Smith, in a solo movie all about Deadshot.
Hurray! Just the movie everyone was waiting for! Loads more of Will Smith trying to create a likable character out of someone who spends every waking moment either killing people, or thinking about killing people.
Of these three movies, Gotham City Sirens is the one we’ll be getting first, presumably because DC is hoping that we’ll all have forgotten how much we hated Suicide Squad before its sequel rolls around.
Also, Harley Quinn sells the most merchandise, so it makes sense to put her front and center of any future movie, just for the sake of a quick cash grab.
Make no mistake here: Warner Bros is not interested in making three high quality, enjoyable movies.
The company is hoping to springboard off the financial success of Suicide Squad to grab as much cash as possible, and while that’s not an uncommon sight in modern Hollywood, it is rare to see a company act quite this cynically.
Seriously, an extended cut of a movie everyone hates, plus three follow-up films? Someone at DC really wants a speedboat, and they don’t care how manipulative they have to be to get one.