Creature Commandos – All We Know About The DC Animated Series
Creature Commandos will be an animated series coming to the DC Cinematic Universe.
James Gunn says the first chapter of the new DC Studios slate of projects is called “Gods and Monsters.” This will comprise of 10 projects hitting the small and big screen in what Gunn says is an “eight-to-10-year plan.” One of the more intriguing, though lesser-known, entities coming down the pike is Creature Commandos.
Let’s dive into what we know about this group and what could be in store with Creature Commandos in the DC Cinematic Universe.
CREATURE COMMANDOS WILL BE AN ANIMATED SERIES
When James Gunn took to his Twitter account to further break down his and co-CEO Peter Safran’s vision of the DC future, he couldn’t have been more excited about the upcoming animated series, Creature Commandos. It makes sense considering he wrote seven of the episodes. The approach to this series, as Gunn explained, is a “little bit different.”
“The first project is Creature Commandos,” Gunn began. “Creature Commandos is an animated series. I’ve written all of the episodes. Something we are going to do that’s a little bit different at DC is we are gonna have characters move into animation, out of animation, usually having the same actor play their voice as who plays them in live action.”
Not only does Gunn hand out details of Creature Commandos, but he goes through the entire list of upcoming DC Studio projects. He also briefly touches on what he and Safran call DC Elseworlds. These are ongoing projects that do not fit within the actual DC storyline but still remain within DC. Those projects include Matt Reeves’ Batman trilogy, Todd Phillips’ Joker 2, and Teen Titans Go!
THE CREATURE COMMANDOS ARE A FIGHTING UNIT WITH A LOOSE ETHICAL CODE
Although the casting process to find actors for the vocal cast that will also carry on to the live-action film is ongoing and thus unknown, Gunn decided to share with fans exactly which Creature Commandos will be a part of the seven-episode animated series and moving on into the feature film as well.
In this case, there are seven main Creature Commandos including Rick Flag Sr., Doctor Phosphorus, Nina Mazursky, Eric Frankenstein, G.I. Robot, and Weasel. Leading this group will be The Bride of Frankenstein.
If the name, Rick Flag Sr., looks familiar, it should. His son, Rick Flag Jr. was a member of the Suicide Squad (movie) and lost his life, so we may find Flag Sr. grieving his son. Nina Mazursky comes to the Creature Commandos after a series of crazy experiments left her as a hybrid between a mermaid and the Gill-man. Doctor Phosphorus might be a familiar name to some as he is one of Batman’s villains.
It is not clear which version of G.I. Robot we will see, but regardless, he will be a perfect fit with the Creature Commandos. For fans of the Suicide Squad, Weasel is a known commodity and will appear in all of his disgusting glory. Typically, Frankenstein has been the leader of the pack, but in this version, he is giving way to his “creation,” The Bride of Frankenstein.
THERE COULD BE SOME SUICIDE SQUAD OVERLAP
While details are very scarce about the upcoming animated series Creature Commandos and how it will slide into a feature film, there are a few nuggets we can pass along.
The series is expected to kick off with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis, who will also be getting her own series titled Waller) putting together a black ops group of creatures to handle jobs others gladly turn their back to. What these jobs are and how they connect moving forward remains a mystery, but one person extremely close to the action says he is simply blown away by the scripts that Gunn has produced.
Peter Safran, speaking during the DC Studios announcement claims he was “Staggered at the caliber of the scripts. We’ll see how everything else comes, but the screenplays are amazing.” Whether he was just hyping the Creature Commandos series or is truly blown away will also remain to be seen.
This new story and cast of Creature Commandos characters appear to be taking on more of a Flashpoint flavor than with the original Commandos comic book. The original team, created by writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Pat Broderick, made their debut in the 1980 Weird War Tales #93 comic.
This team was comprised of werewolf Warren Griffin, J.A.K.E. (the first G.I. Robot), Dr. Myrra Rhodes (aka Medusa), Lt. Matthew Shrieve, Pvt. Elliot “Lucky” Taylor who stepped on a mine and had to be sewn back together and resembles a Frankenstein monster, and Sgt. Vincent Velcro, who can change into a bat and needs human blood to survive.
Since that original group appeared, the Creature Commandos lineup has changed a number of times. Names have changed, “creature” habits have changed, and new members have been introduced. Through it all, though, the mission has remained the same.
THERE IS NO RELEASE DATE FOR CREATURE COMMANDOS
As of this moment, Gunn and Safran have not given a date for when the animated series, Creature Commandos, will hit the small screen. Gunn did say on a number of occasions, including his Twitter announcement, that Creature Commandos would be the first out of the gate.
The only date we are aware of that Gunn and Safran have shared is the date for Superman Legacy, also written by Gunn, which will premiere on July 11, 2025.
With that date still a good three years out, one could naturally expect Creature Commandos to appear well before that, especially now that Gunn has completed all seven episodes.
Before all of this, we know we will also be seeing Shazam: Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, all of which are slated to be released in 2023. We also know a couple of other release dates for films that will fall within the DC Elseworlds arena.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman Part 2 was handed a release date of October 3, 2025. Another highly anticipated film with the DC Elseworlds world is Todd Phillips’ Joker: Folie à Deux. This one has been given an October 4, 2024, release date.