Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Milton in “The Suicide Squad” not a reference to Bill Finger

In the film The Suicide Squad, Polka-Dot Man grows especially fond of a minor character named Milton. 

Online there be rumors or theories that the name “Milton” is a nod to Bill Finger, who co-created PDM (not to be confused with TDK), and whose birth name was Milton.

Alas, it is not true, as confirmed by writer-director James Gunn himself. So a bummer, but a cool way to receive that bummer.

However, Bill is in the movie, on the list of the comics creators thanked in the credits (unfairly, none in connection to any specific characters).


Jamie Coville said...

I suspect DC/Warner's legal doesn't want to cite who created which characters in fear of a court case where that might get used against them as evidence.

Outside of cases already settled cases where that's agreed upon, eg Siegel and Shuster.

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Thanks Jamie. Possible. Yet in certain other films/shows, creator credits ARE specific to characters. I wonder about this inconsistency.

hobbyfan said...

John Ostrander, who wrote the 80's Suicide Squad series, and Luke McDonnell, who drew most of those issues, were credited first because their iteration was the longest one. Ostrander, at least, was rewarded with a cameo, like Marv Wolfman during the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" adaptation in the Arrowverse.