From August 2017 – January 2020, Keith R.A. DeCandido took a weekly look at every live-action movie based on a superhero comic that had been made to date in the weekly “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch.” He has been revisiting the feature every six months or so to look back at the new releases in the previous half-year. We looked at Black Widow last week, and in subsequent weeks we’ll cover Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Eternals.
While the word of mouth on 2016’s Suicide Squad was less than favorable, the movie was still a financial success, and Warner Bros. green-lit a sequel pretty much immediately. David Ayer was originally set to return to the director’s chair, but he decided to do Gotham City Sirens instead (a project that is still in limbo thanks to the weak box office of Birds of Prey and the apocalypse of 2020). After talking to a whole mess of directors, they finally settled on James Gunn.