No matter how much you liked or hated David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad,” there’s little argument that the movie had serious issues. Re-tooled, re-written and re-edited to within an inch of its life – the film is quite different from what it was originally conceived as.
Responding to a question on Twitter about concept art that showed “Justice League” villain Steppenwolf and his Parademon minions being involved in the story, Ayer confirmed that early plans saw the CG character serve as the big bad in ‘Squad’ and the sewer monsters seen in the final film were going to be the Parademons:
“This is right. Enchantress was under the control of a mother box and Steppenwolf was prepping an invasion with a boom tube. Had to lose that when the JL story arcs evolved… Steppenwolf was the original boss fight.”
It’s not clear how much would have changed in the finished product and how early Steppenwolf was cut out of the mix to push Enchantress and her brother Incubus as the film’s villains, though the marketing campaign for the film famously kept the villains of the film (bar Jared Leto’s Joker) vague until right near the end.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Zack Snyder has released another photo offering a glimpse at his concept of Darkseid who was originally planned for “Justice League”. The photo appears to be a sketch of artwork depicting the galactic villain, probably part of a set such as the vault for the mother box on Themyscira.
— Talkies Network (@TalkiesNetwork) November 25, 2018
Talk of the “Suicide Squad” sequel is on hold with the “Birds of Prey” film now the next project to follow on from ‘Squad’ with Margot Robbie reprising her Harley Quinn role. That film opens early 2020.