This put up incorporates spoilers for “Peacemaker” and “The Suicide Squad.”
The season 1 finale of “Peacemaker” was arguably a game-changer for the remainder of the DC Universe shifting ahead. Even earlier than the founding of DC Studios, the general public publicity of Process Drive X by the hands of Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks) meant that one thing huge was about to occur. The federal government’s most covert black ops crew, one which was run by Leota’s personal mom, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), is now public data. So, what lies forward?
In accordance with the newly-revealed DC Universe slate, that is nonetheless unknown. Nonetheless, when saying the slate yesterday throughout a non-public press occasion, DC Studios co-head James Gunn teased that the duty power’s final mission in “The Suicide Squad” could possibly be a lingering memory. That’s, till a sure Kryptonian arrives on Earth.
“Some things are like a rough memory of what happens in the DCU,” mentioned Gunn, “but once we hit Superman, anything can be changed.”
What this precisely means can simply be debated and speculated on, however from the sounds of it, the reintroduction of Superman will really set the stage for what lies forward. However that should not imply that the story threads of “The Suicide Squad” and “Peacemaker” must be wiped from existence. In reality, the universe ought to proceed to take care of their ramifications, as they’ve the prospect to be crucial world-building property.
A funhouse mirror of the jail industrial advanced
Process Drive X is a extremely corrupt idea. Certain, the members of the squad are largely convicted criminals with superhuman skills, however they’re nonetheless civilians being despatched to what’s primarily their sure dying. I perceive this is not probably the most groundbreaking or revolutionary of analyses -– it is most likely up there with takes like “Batman beats up mentally ill people” or “Superman is an immigrant.” It is one thing pretty apparent if you concentrate on it for greater than two minutes.
Nonetheless, acknowledging this reality does result in why Leota’s betrayal of her mom in “Peacemaker” gives a probably crucial stepping stone for the DCU. It marks a key alternative to discover how the world at giant reacts to the thought of Process Drive X, of a jail program so corrupt that it sends out its personal inhabitants on missions realizing totally properly that they may probably die. Do the households of those prisoners get notified of their deaths? How many individuals have been despatched to die out of Belle Reve? What different secrets and techniques is the penitentiary hiding about its circumstances? These are all questions that would make for very fascinating and prescient tales throughout the DCU, and they’re positively tales price pursuing, if just for how they might mirror the real-life horrors of the American jail system.
A possibility that should not be squandered
These kinds of tales are simply the tip of the iceberg in terms of the chances of increasing the tensions launched in “The Suicide Squad” and “Peacemaker.” If you happen to recall from “The Suicide Squad,” the character of Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) revealed that he and an unnumbered quantity of siblings had been experimented on by their mom, leading to some very nasty skills. What makes this plotline so intriguing is that he mentions his mom was a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs, a major establishment all through the varied DC timelines. This particular element may imply that S.T.A.R. Labs could also be implicated in some really horrific crimes, blowing up the Process Drive X publicity even additional.
This explicit storyline and character are being introduced up for one key purpose. Gunn had already planted the seeds for this exploration of how Process Drive X’s existence and fall must be reckoned with. Not utilizing these crumbs to make a feast of sociopolitical commentary could be a chance wasted. In fact, we will not dictate what DC Studios ought to do with their tasks, however we are able to say that systemic abuse and corruption will not be mere subtext within the storyline they’ve created. They’re simply plain textual content, and they need to proceed to discover the themes they began to inform. No one, not even Superman, can simply wipe these ramifications away.
Seeking to the longer term
The excellent news is that it appears probably that this chance to discover the damning results of the Process Drive X publicity will not be squandered. “Peacemaker” has already been confirmed for a second season, and the newly-announced “Waller” present will happen between the primary season’s finale and that forthcoming second season. Which means “Waller” appears poised to happen immediately after Leota’s press convention exposing Process Drive X and will discover how Waller navigates that little blunder. The stage is all however set, and we simply have to attend and see if they really observe via on these threads.
Additional particulars on the upcoming DCU slate are at the moment being stored underneath wraps, together with when both the second season of “Peacemaker” or “Waller” formally begins manufacturing, however we’re cautiously optimistic that James Gunn will not abandon the wealthy themes he is constructed up. Comedian books and their movie diversifications have all the time been political, so why hit the breaks now?