With a team of villains forming in the early part of Season 2 of Gotham, many are starting to speculate that there may be some kind of connection between Theo Galavan’s team of Arkham inmates and the group of villains set to appear in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad. With that in mind, are there clues that Theo’s team might be a setting things up for the rise of the Suicide Squad?
Apart from the obvious comparisons between Theo’s team and the villains in Suicide Squad, including their villainous nature and overall makeup of the groups, there are a lot of similarities between the two groups. For starters, each team is led by someone who exercises a good deal of authority within Gotham. This is seen in both Theo and Amanda Waller, although the latter is less powerful and also not nearly as nefarious.
Interestingly, both groups are also controlled through threats of death if they try to escape or go against the main mission. This is easily shown in with the members of the Suicide Squad, as each villain wears an explosive neckband that will kill them if they ever go astray. In a similar manner, Theo displays his own control of the Arkham group after Richard Sionis tries to break away and is killed by Tabitha, who wraps her whip around his neck to kill him.
Lastly, there have been subtle hints that members of the Suicide Squad have already appeared on Gotham, albeit at a younger age. According to Movie Pilot, the villains who cross over into Suicide Squad include the likes of Deadshot, Bane, Poison Ivy, and Penguin, who have all either appeared on Gotham or been referenced to some extent. Additionally, Jerome, who is most likely the young version of The Joker, is starting to gain in prominence on Gotham and will have a role in the Suicide Squad film.
Meanwhile, with all the talk about groups of villains surfacing, it is rumored that Marvel might be trying to get in on the action. According to MTV News, Marvel Cinematic Universe is thinking about reviving its Sinister Six project after it was thought to have been indefinitely ditched.
The Sinister Six are a group of villains based off Spiderman’s universe. With the project potentially sharing a lot of similarities with Suicide Squad, it is expected that the movie would be Marvel’s attempt to take on DC Comics with a group of villains of their own.
With that in mind, Drew Goddard is reportedly considering helming such a project. Goddard would certainly be a good choice for the film, as he has enjoyed considerable success as a writer and director. Along with writing for the hit TV series Daredevil, Goddard has written Cloverfield, The Cabin in the Woods, World War Z, and The Martian.
Additionally, Sinister Six could prove to be a great launching point for the new Spiderman franchise. According to the Guardian, Tom Holland was recently cast to play the new version of the web-slinging hero, and a group of villains would be a great way to reboot the series.
Villains in the original Sinister Six include Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Electro, Mysterio, and Sandman, with Pity, Shocker, Hobgoblin, Gog, and Venom eventually joining the crew.
Whatever happens with Marvel and a potential Sinister Six film, it is clear that villainous groups are starting to take over the superhero genre. From the upcoming Suicide Squad movie and the appearance of villains as a major theme in Gotham, it doesn’t seem as though the villain as a hero theme is going to change anytime soon.
Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016.
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