Greg Berlanti, Arrow Producer, Says TV Suicide Squad Was A Test For The Film

The ‘Arrow’ Version Of Suicide Squad Was Actually A Test Run For 2016 David Ayer Movie!

DC fans were confused when they saw some odd incarnation of the Suicide Squad on ‘Arrow‘ in season two. It seemed to be a weak attempt at bringing Task Force X together. While it did feature classic character like Bronze Tiger and Amanda Waller, the rest were none of the iconic characters we’ve come to associate with the Suicide Squad. Seems to make more sense now that ‘Arrow‘ producer Greg Berlanti confirmed DC used them as a test run.

Berlanti told Vulture:

“They said to us a year and a half before they started developing Suicide Squad, ‘Will you guys put [a version of] the Suicide Squad in your show? Because we want to have it as a film at some point.”


“It also happened with Geoff [Johns] when Geoff and Andrew [Kreisberg] and I were creating Flash. They were both really huge fans of Cisco Ramon, [also known as] Vibe, and had written a Vibe comic [in 2013] to try and bring him back. They said, ‘Could we please have Vibe on the show?'”

This also helps explain why DC made them kill off characters like Deadshot and Amanda Waller in ‘Arrow‘. And even more interesting to see how Cisco Ramon A.K.A Vibe was brought into the mix for ‘Flash‘.

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EJ Moreno
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