Good day to you people of the internet, and today is a glorious day as I FINALLY have some film news to talk about. After the epicness that was the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer last Friday, I’ve been totally bored and longing for another big news story to blog about and it seems like some mystical force has answered my prayers as we have some pretty cool DC film news to talk about relating to Suicide Squad. The following news comes from superherohype:
An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action adventure Suicide Squad, bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (Fury). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Focus) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, Alexander) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (Divergent, The Water Diviner) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, upcoming Pan) as Enchantress.
In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
Ayer is also writing the script for the Suicide Squad movie, which is being produced by Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.
Suicide Squad, which was originally created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, will set up shop in Toronto, Canada at their Pinewood extension starting in February. Following two months of pre-production, the film will shoot from April until September.
It was also previously rumored that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will play a role in the story, although his name is not included in this official cast list.
OH yes, fuck yes! I mean sure this is just a casting announcement, but I don’t care I’m hyped. I remember a little while ago when this group of actors were rumoured to be in this film, but obviously it was all rumour at that point and I think because names like Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy were floating around, that maybe it was a little beyond the realm of possibility. But it seems like some unlikely things are possible. I’ve said it before, I’m not too familiar with the Suicide Squad’s origins and the only adaptation I’ve seen of them are in Arrow. So its like a Guardians of the Galaxy situation from 2012, when that film was announced I had no knowledge of the source material, that being said, I loved that film, so maybe DC and Warner Bros. can do the same for this comic book property.
So now let’s talk about this cast. What a fine bunch they are. All of these people chosen are interesting and dynamic and to put them together in comic book film makes me grin and think of so many possibilities. Let just start with Will Smith as Deadshot. For me this is the best and most interesting announcement. Will Smith is one of my all-time favourite actors, however the guy hasn’t been very active in recent times and the only films the man has to his name in the last two years is the decent Men In Black 3 and forgettable After Earth. The guy’s really needed a big new film to be part of and this I think could be the best decision for his career. While I’m not sure about the Deadshot’s origins and whether Smith is a good fight for the characters or not, it doesn’t matter. If this film and his performance ends up being good then it’ll be good publicity for him. And then there’s Tom Hardy. I love Hardy, he’s been one of my favourite actors since 2010 and these days I will try and see any film he appears in. I don’t know who Rick Flagg is and in a way I don’t care, if Hardy kills it in the role then that will be all I care about.
And then there’s the super interesting casting surrounding Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as the Joker! Margot Robbie, now this lady was lovely in The Wolf of Wall Street, however I have yet to see her in any other films to she how versatile she is as an actress. That being said she is playing Harley Quinn, HARLEY FRIGGING QUINN! In the 20 years since she came into existence she has yet to make a live-action appearance, but now she’ll finally be coming to the big screen and that in itself is an exciting prospect. I love Harley Quinn, she’s a very crazy, energetic and layered character, and if Robbie does a good job then I’ll be a happy man. And then there’s Jared Leto as the Joker; this is the super important role. Leto was awesome in Dallas Buyers Club and believe that he can probably do anything if given the right role, but now he’s stepping into a very important role, the role of the prince clown of crime. This is a critical role that if not handled correctly, will have fanboy go into a frenzy and freak out. Jack Nicholson was good and Heath Ledger was awesome, those are two damn good acts to follow, Leto will have his work cut out for him.
And finally we have Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. Both characters I know nothing about and when it comes the actors they are not nearly as interesting as the others. Courtney I’ve only seen Jack Reacher and A Good Day to Die Hard, which I liked in the former and hated in latter, this guy has yet to pull me in as a fan or as a good actor, maybe he’ll surprise me in the future. And finally Delevingne, I’ve not really heard of her or seen any of her films. I guess her appearance in this film will be my first experience of her.
Overall I’m down with this cast especially when it comes to Will Smith and Tom Hardy’s involvement. I now have a renewed interest in this film and I can only hope that it ends up being good. So what do you think of this news? Are you down with the cast or do you believe there are some wrong choices? Please leave your thoughts below and I’ll see you on the next blog post yo.