Marks, however, made an impression with WB executives and was assigned to another project being developed by Joel Silver: SUICIDE SQUAD.
Marks completed his first draft in 2011, with elite hitman Deadshot being recruited by the United States government to join Amanda Waller's Task-Force X, led by Colonel Rick Flag and formed by Vixen, Captain Boomerang, Jaculi, Mindboggler, Multiplex and Blockbuster. The mission was the stop the Onslaught, a meta-human terrorist cell led by Rustam and formed by Ravan, Djinn and Manticore, whose goal is to rescue Rustam's father, a living nuclear bomb known as "Fallout", and detonate him in the center of Washington, D.C.
The project quickly gained traction under Silver's supervision, envisioned as a vehicle for Jason Statham as Deadshot. Zoe Saldana and CCH Pounder were briefly discussed for Vixen and Amanda Waller before it was likewise scrapped when MAN OF STEEL entered production and WB decided they'd build a cinematic universe out of it even if it killed them.