Heist Style

The Sui­cide Squad takes cen­ter stage in Bat­man: As­sault on Arkham, which mixes the gritty world of the hit video game with a stylish take on the big crime genre. By Tom McLean.

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Warner Bros. An­i­ma­tion has been pro­duc­ing DC Uni­verse orig­i­nal an­i­mated movies for sev­eral years now, but few are as likely to be as full of sur­prises for fans as Bat­man: As­sault on Arkham.

Based on the Bat­man: Arkham Asy­lum se­ries of videogames and due out Aug. 12 on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD, the most ob­vi­ous sur­prise is that the movie is less about Bat­man than it is the DC cult-fa­vorite comic-book se­ries Sui­cide Squad.

Screen­writer Heath Cor­son, who scripted the pre­vi­ous DC Uni­verse re­lease Jus­tice League: War and is sched­uled to write an­other in the se­ries, says he’s a long­time comics fan and that Sui­cide Squad, writ­ten by John Os­tran­der and pub­lished from 1988-1991, has long been one of his fa­vorites. “That’s the DNA of this,” he says. “It re­ally is a Sui­cide Squad movie and I think that’s go­ing to be a huge shock to fans once they find that out. I think they’re ex­pect­ing a Bat­man ad­ven- ture à la one of the Arkham games.”

De­spite be­ing a huge fan of the Squad, Cor­son says putting them in the movie was part of the project when he was asked to take it on. Pro­ducer Alan Bur­nett called “and he said we’d like to find a way to get the Sui­cide Squad in there and I said, ‘I’m in!’” Cor­son says. “I said, ‘What ver­sion of the Sui­cide Squad?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, let us know who you want and what you think the story would be.’”

There was some ne­go­ti­at­ing on which char­ac­ters to in­clude. With the games be­ing rel­a­tively grounded in real­ism, su­per­pow­ers were down­played. Cor­son says Dead­shot and Cap­tain Boomerang form the core of his vi­sion of the team, while char­ac­ters like King Shark and Har­ley Quinn were added from the most re­cent ver­sions of the comic and Bronze Tiger was re­placed with Black Spi­der to ac­com­mo­date a plot point.

The Guy Ritchie In­flu­ence

So with the char­ac­ters set and the world of the games as a set­ting, Cor­son says the most com­pelling idea was to do a stylish mod­ern heist movie in the mode of Guy Ritchie’s films, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smok­ing Bar­rels.

“I said it’s sort of like Ocean’s Eleven if, at ev­ery step of the way, Brad Pitt is try­ing to kill Ge­orge Clooney,” Cor­son says. “They re­ally liked that and they wanted me to go in that di­rec­tion. ... I re­al­ized I had pitched a heist movie and heist movies are su­per hard, so I had to build it from the ground up.”

‘The nice thing about an­i­ma­tion is I don’t have to worry about the stunt man com­plain­ing that he can’t do this par­tic­u­lar move that I’ve

told him to do. If I can draw it, Bat­man is gonna do it!’

an army of power-hun­gry thugs lead by Sota, but Justin soon learns that true strength comes from the heart. You can also opt for the An­to­nio Ban­deras-pro­duced toon on Blu-ray for $24.99. [Re­lease date: July 22]

Bat­man takes on King Shark, a mem­ber of the DC Comics cult-fa­vorite team the Sui­cide Squad in

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