justice league movie villain

Rumors have said that Darkseid, DC’s inter -dimensional villain who inspired Thanos over at Marvel, might be the bad guy for the upcoming Justic League film. Now a new rumor changes that up, saying that the League will instead ally against Braniac. (Though there’s no reason we couldn’t see both in the film in some way.) Along with that info, there’s rumor on the lineup of DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad film, though anyone who read the late ’80s incarnation of that comic won’t be surprised by the roster.

It’s Latino Review with the news on both fronts. LR says that Chris Terio is writing Justice League, following up on his work with Ben Affleck on Argo, which led to a rewrite gig on Batman v Superman. And for Justice League, LR claims the villain will be Braniac. That character has appeared all over DC comics over the years, but is typically associated with Superman.

He’s an interesting choice — an alien who often controls robotic or drone bodies. Drone warfare is a hot-button topic now, and could still be by the time this film is released in the 2017-8 range. That alone might make Braniac a good call. We’ll have more when there’s some sort of confirmation on the intel.

And then there’s Suicide Squad, which has David Ayer (Fury, Sabotage) as potential director. That film will reportedly feature a lineup dominated by Blockbuster, Multiplex, Jaculi, Mindboggler, Harkness aka Captain Boomberang, Vixen, and Deadshot.

Deadshot will be the leader and real hero of the film, with Harkness and Vixen as the two primary support characters and the rest filling out the margins. That trio of Deadshot Harkness and Vixen was also present in the comic version of the team that began in 1987 under the guidance of writer John Ostrander, and which ran until 1992. There have been three additional primary Suicide Squad runs since then, one of which saw Ostrander returning to the team. All feature some of this character lineup, with Deadshot often a primary member.

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