James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad did give comic fans our first view of Starro the Conqueror on the big screen. While the choice makes sense for the film, Gunn initially had a a different approach for who the big villain would be. And here’s the thing, they are not a villain at all. Well, I guess it depends on perspective, which is a really cool idea. Prior to Starro, Gunn says Superman, the Man of Steel himself, was to be The Suicide Squad villain.
Starro is cool as The Suicide Squad villain on the big screen. However, Superman would have been a great idea! Fans would get to see the Man of Steel through the eyes of the villains. It also puts him in a role he is rarely known for: being the villain.
In a recent interview, Gunn elaborates on his idea for Superman as the villain, and why he chose not to go that route:
“At the time, there was a lot of questions about, ‘Who is Superman in the DCEU? Is this movie outside the DCEU?,’ and all that stuff that I didn’t really want to deal with that much. I just wanted to tell a good story.”
Due to all of the lingering questions marks surrounding making The Suicide Squad villain be Superman, Gunn opts for Starro. The reason? He terrifies Gunn as a child. You know, that whole face-hugging the superheroes type thing. Makes sense. It also helps make the focus of the story on the Suicide Squad and Starro rather than having to spend so much time trying to update fans how/where Superman fits into the DCEU. Especially since the organization of the films are all over the place.
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Still, I would love to see The Suicide Squad villain be Superman. The group already brings such a unique dynamic to the universe. Switching the perspective to Superman as the “villain” could have been really exciting. Especially since it is something we all wanted to see in Justice League. Are you glad Starro is the villain in the film? Would you rather see Superman? Or, do you wish it was an entirely different character? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!