|Deadshot, who first appeared in BATMAN|
No. 59 (June/July 1950), goes after the Dark
Knight in this issue of DETECTIVE COMICS.
Joining Smith's Deadshot on the cinematic Suicide Squad will be: Jared Leto as the new Joker; former Bane actor Tom Hardy returns to DC Comics superhero films as Rick Flag; and the blond hottie from "the Wolf of Wall Street," Margot Robbie, will play The Joker's girlfriend, Harley Quinn.
Rounding out the cast for the Aug. 6, 2016 Warner Bros. film is Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Britsh model/up-and-coming actress Cara Delevingne as a DC Comics villainess I'm not familiar with, Enchantress. (Keep reading for my thoughts on the casting choices.)
“We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under (director) David Ayer’s amazing guidance (and) give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero,” WB President Greg Silverman said in a prepared statement.
Ayer has said the film will go by the credo, “Does a movie really need good guys?”
Also rumored to be in "Suicide Squad" are Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey — the supposed first choices to play Amanda Waller, the Suicide Squad de-facto's leader and a U.S. government liaison.
As far as the cast goes, Smith is money in the bank even though his last several films have struggled or tanked at the box office. He has natural charisma and has plenty of action-film credentials, all of which will be a huge asset to play the equally charismatic Deadshot. And I'm sure I'm not the only fan who is a sucker to watch anything with Smith in it.
|My Puddin': This is the costume/incarnation |
of Harley Quinn I'd prefer to see
in the "Suicide Squad" film.
Robbie is easy enough on the eyes, but there's apparently enough to her acting ability for her to be cast as possibly the most popular female comic-book character these days.
Needless to say, I'm quite glad to see Harley Quinn finally coming to the Big Screen. After all, I've been pulling for her to be added to the DC film universe since before "The Dark Knight" was released.
|The New 52 incarnation of Harley Quinn|
While I'm on this rant, I'll say one more thing about the modern take on Harley Quinn. I'm completely with cosplayer Adrienne Spindle Zibart, who told me: "I hate the new one. … She looks like a whore," she said during a March 2013 interview at the Louisville (Ky.) Comic & Toy Con.
|Tom Hardy as the villain Bane in a promotional photo|
for "The Dark Knight Rises."
"Suicide Squad" will start filming in April in Toronto.
The film has the distinction of being the next WB film to be released about five months after "Dawn of Justice" (which comes out March 25, 2016 — after playing release date-chicken with "Captain America: Civil War") to showcase more of DC Entertainment's cinematic universe, which also includes "Man of Steel" and will soon cover movies featuring Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and the Justice League.)