At Comic-Con International: San Diego, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced the upcoming animated movie Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. The film will mark the Suicide Squad’s debut in the shared continuity of the DC Universe Original Movies which already includes the Justice League and the Teen Titans.
No announcements were made concerning the film’s director, voice cast, or the lineup of characters.
In 2014, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment released Batman: Assault on Arkham, which was the first animated film to feature the Suicide Squad. However, that movie was set within the continuity of the Batman Arkham video games series.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay will release in the spring of 2018.
The modern concept of the Suicide Squad was created by John Ostrander and made its first appearance in Legends #3 in 1987. The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X, is a team of supervillains team based out of Belle Reve Penitentiary under the supervision of Amanda Waller. The team undertakes government sanctioned missions – often suicide missions, hence the team’s name – in exchange for a reduced prison sentence.
The Suicide Squad, along with most of the DC Comics Universe, was reimagined as part of DC Comics’ New 52 initiative in 2011 and again in 2016 for DC Rebirth. The current incarnation of the team counts Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Enchantress, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Killer Croc.
Prior to Batman: Assault on Arkham, the Suicide Squad made their animated debut in an episode of Justice League Unlimited titled “Task Force X.” In the episode, Amanda Waller assembles the “Squad” - consisting of Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Plastique, Clock King and field commander Rick Flag – to infiltrate the Justice League Watchtower.
The modern Suicide Squad’s roster is inspired by the lineup for the team’s live-action movie debut in DC Extended Universe in 2016. Suicide Squad was directed by David Ayer and starred Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
While the film was the Suicide’s Squad’s live-action movie debut, the Squad had appeared on live-action television before then. The Suicide Squad appeared in the final season of Smallville with a roster that included Rick Flag, Deadshot, Plastique, and Warp. The Suicide Squad made their Arrowverse debut in the second season of Arrow. In the episode titled “Suicide Squad,” Amanda Waller directs a squad consisting of Deadshot, Shrapnel, Bronze Tiger, and Lyla Michaels. Diggle also temporarily joined the team.