Geez, who would have thought that it would be so hard to cast the normalish one in the Suicide Squad? After casting and losing Tom Hardy for the part earlier this year, and after Jake Gyllenhaal, reportedly, took a pass on the role, it seemed like that huge Rick Flagg-shaped hole in the potential awesomeness of DC’s premier super-villain-team-forced-to-do-good was at stake. Good news today then that the situation may have finally been resolved. It may not be a big name like Hardy of Gyllenhaal, but you can’t do much better for your super-team than hiring RoboCop, even the RoboCop from the remake. Yes, Joel Kinnaman is your new Rick Flagg, and he’s ready to do his patriotic duty and lead criminals on a suicide mission.
According to The Wrap, Kinnaman beat out such other acting luminaries as Karl Urban, Joel Edgerton, and Jon Bernthal in order to join the Suicide Squad, which is based on the DC Comics series about a group of criminals working off jail time by accepting dangerous missions on behalf of the government. Hardy meanwhile will have to make due starring in The Revenant, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up film to Birdman, and that’s a decision he’s just going to have to live with (which should be easy probably).
Kinnaman instead will join Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), and Jared Leto (The Joker) on the Squad which will start shooting later this year. His turn in RoboCop wasn’t universally welcomed, but no one said that the problem with the film was Kinnaman (or at least they shouldn’t because he wasn’t). Other credits for Kinnaman include his four seasons on the crime drama The Killing as well as appearances in Safe House, The Darkest Hour and the U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not everything there was a winner, but it shows that Kinnaman has range, which might serve him well in the Squad.
As we count down to the start of production in a couple of months in Toronto, a couple of key pieces of casting remain outstanding. Viola Davis is still unsigned as Amanda Waller, although its a forgone conclusion that she’ll be joining the production. It’s still up in the air as to whether or not Jesse Eisenberg will be repirsing his role as Lex Luthor from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice in Suicide Squad, and there’s still that pesky rumor that Ben Afflack will cameo as Batman…
A lot of that seems like window dressing now though. The crisis of who will play Rick Flagg is now finally over, and we can look forward now to July 2016 with bated breath, for that is the release date of the Suicide Squad. Stay tuned to Nerd Bastards for more updates.