Suicide Squad is the first of a variety of DC movies based on non-Superman or Batman heroes, set for August 5, 2016, and Variety has just listed the cast and it’s a big one:
Jared Leto – The Joker
Will Smith – Deadshot
Tom Hardy – Rick Flagg
Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
Jai Courtney – Boomerang
Cara Delevingne – Enchantress
Tom Hardy already played Bane, making him among many two-timer superhero stars, but it would be Will Smith’s debut as a four-color hero although he played Hancock in…Hancock.
This is obviously a high octane cast, with WB hoping to catch up with Disney/Marvel and their cinematic comics-based blockbusters. They’re said to consider it their “Ocean’s Eleven” for superheroes. David Ayer is the director, with Charles Roven and Richard Suckle producing.
According to Variety, this isn’t all. Jesse Eisenberg will reprise his role as Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman. And the role of Amanda Waller is yet to be cast, but the studio really wants Oprah Winfrey for the role, with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also in the running.
Oprah, queen of multimedia and one of the richest people in showbiz, does the occasional acting job and she’d be…interesting in the role.
Suffice it to say no scenery will be left unchewed on this one.
Suicide Squad is about a bunch of supervillains who are given a chance for redemption with one last, possibly fatal mission. The first verions was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru; the modern version by John Ostrander and Ryan Scott. Other well-regarded runs have been created by Keith Giffen and Kim Yale.
If you can’t wait for the movie, just go read Michel Fiffe’s Copra. It’s just as good!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.