THR confirmed that Will Smith, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne have all signed on for the super-villain team up.
Smith will play Deadshot (which Courtney was previously rumoured to be in the running for), Leto is The Joker, Hardy will play group leader Rick Flagg, Robbie is confirmed as Harley Quinn, Courtney is Boomerang, and Delevingne is Enchantress.
Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is not part of the cast at this time, although THR says that we shouldn’t rule out a cameo.
This is a pretty huge cast, which could be seen as Warner Bros countering what is in some ways a Guardians Of The Galaxy-type risk. The Suicide Squad is not as well known as DC’s tentpole characters, although that risk of “who the hell are the Suicide Squad?” is certainly lessened by the inclusion of The Joker, who is not traditionally a member of the team.
It feels like Guardians will be the major point of comparison for Ayer’s movie, although this should certainly be grittier given the fact that these are murderers and psychopaths rather than slightly seedy outlaws, and Suicide Squad has now ensured that they’re changed the odds.
The only real risk is Leto’s Joker, less in terms of the Oscar-winner’s ability to play the character, but more in terms of his being the first actor to take it on since Heath Ledger. It will also be interesting to see if Warner Bros face any heat on the film’s name, as beeing seen to glamourise the ‘S’ word is always a surefire way to provoke the censors.
It’s an exciting cast, both in terms of sheer star wattage and talent, and it’s also a statement. There’s no equivocation here; Warner Bros are committed to you committing to seeing Suicide Squad.
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