The Suicide Squad Anime Seems Like an “Elseworlds” Episode

DC's new co-heads continue their run of unpredictable moves with the new Suicide Squad anime adaptation.
Published On Jul 4, 2023

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The Suicide Squad anime isn’t related to the upcoming DC reboot in any way, but that doesn’t stop up from wondering what putting a band of supervillains into a world of floating islands and dragons would culminate into.

We will be seeing yet another version of the Suicide Squad, but the setting is a little different this time around. It’s a fantastical world with floating islands, a dragon, orcs, and ogres, with Harley Quinn and Joker in the midst of it all. Oh, and it’s an anime.

The big news: Titled “Suicide Squad Isekai,” the anime was announced at Anime Expo 2023 as a collaboration between Warner Bros. Japan and WIT Studio.

  • The website describes the series as “the most maddening worlds collide in an epic and violent fantasy with the strongest line-up of creators.” In other words, an “isekai” of seemingly epic proportions.
  • The very briefest of trailers gives a glimpse of Harley Quinn, who has gone on to become one of DC’s favorite characters (partly because of Margot Robbie), joined by Joker as the duo takes on a world reminiscent of “How I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.”
  • Amanda Waller will be pulling some strings this time around as well, but no other members of the band of villains have been revealed as of now.

Behind the curtains: The most obvious explanation would be that this anime is a part of James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new “Elseworlds” strategy, akin to Marvel’s “What If…?” It explores non-canonical timelines across alternate dimensions — placing almost no boundaries on the possible storylines.

  • Of course, it might just be a way to get into an unexplored domain, as an increasingly large number of stories are getting the anime treatment, with the likes of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners even receiving widespread acclaim.
  • IGN reports that the show will not be connected to the DC co-CEO’s plans for a reboot.
  • The anime will be based on a script co-written by Tappei Nagatsuki, the author of Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World. Character designs, on the other hand, will be handled by Akira Amano (Psycho-Pass).

Meanwhile: Most details regarding the show, including prominent characters, voice cast, and a release window remain up in the air. Our best guess is that the show could be released late 2023 or early 2024.