A report yesterday listed a proverbial “Murderer’s Row” of big screen celebs being courted to join the big screen version of Suicide Squad, the movie based on the DC Comics team of the same name. Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy were the names being brandied about, although the reporting was a bit iffy, as if to say that these were names on someone’s wish list, possibly director David Ayer (Fury), and not a list of people actually being courted for parts. Well, new reporting today seems to indicate that the previous report was at least 75 per cent prophetic. Smith, Hardy and Robbie are indeed, apparently, “close to signing” on to DC and Warner Bros.’ next big comic book movie.
Per Deadline, Smith and Hardy are reportedly “close to signing” up for the Suicide Squad, a rotating team of super-villains recruited by the government for missions that may have mortal ends. A second report says that Robbie is “also looking likely” for a role in the Squad after negotiating for the lead in the Ghost in the Shell adaptation has seemingly fallen through for her. (Another report says that Black Widow Scarlett Johansson is the likely choice there.)
Obviously, there’s no word on who might be playing what, and it’s as yet unknown what the configuration of the movie Squad is going to be. It would seem likely that characters recruited in the New 52 version of the team would look the most likely for adaptation, which means we could see Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, James Gordon Jr., Harley Quinn, Cheetah, King Shark, The Unknown Soldier, and, of course, Amanda Waller. If logically, that King Shark is going to be a CG creation and Waller is going to be played by an African-American woman, then that still leaves the possibilities wide open. And suppose Ayer wants to revisit classic Squad characters like Rick Flagg, Plastique, The Thinker, Bronze Tiger…
Ahhhhhhh. The modern Bronze Tiger is an African-American (for example, he was played by Michael Jai White on Arrow last year), but would Smith and the filmmakers be that predictable? The casting of Smith is an intriguing possibility in and of itself. Once one of the biggest movie stars in the world – maybe he still is – Smith is coming off a few box office disappointments including After Earth. He seems like someone in need of a franchise, and being a part of superhero ensemble might suit him well.
Speaking of type-casting, could the blonde-haired Robbie be at the front of the line to play Harley Quinn? It would make sense from a marketing and corporate synergy standpoint, but would that mean Robbie will be signed for multiple movies, including ones where she would get to play Harley alongside her Mr. J. and fighting Batman Ben Affleck? Speaking of the Dark Knight, Hardy already has super-villain experience playing Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and it would seem sensible that he would be the frontrunner for long-term Squad member Deadshot. Of course remember, this is all just still idle speculation.
Currently, Suicide Squad is scheduled to be in theaters on August 6, 2016.
Source: Comic Book Movie