Several weeks ago, Shia LaBeouf revealed that he had originally been in talks with director David Ayer to play the role of GQ in Suicide Squad, a role later played by Scott Eastwood in the film, after LaBeouf was turned down by Warner Bros. for being “too crazy.” In doing so, LaBeouf also revealed details about the original plans for Suicide Squad as well, including a much larger role for both GQ and Rick Flag.
Now, as we edge closer and closer to Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, which just recently cast its lead villain in Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, it looks like some DC fans have taken to the power of the internet now, petitioning for LaBeouf to play one of the DCEU’s most talked about characters.
The new Change.org petition showed up online recently, asking for Zack Snyder and and Geoff Johns to cast LaBeouf as none other than Jason Todd, a.k.a the former Robin, who in the comics later went on to become the violent, anti-hero vigilante known as The Red Hood, a character arc that many have speculated could very well play out onscreen in the future DCEU films as well.
As of right now, the petition only has about 767 supporters, and it won’t actually affect the casting process for the role of course, if there even are any plans currently to bring Jason Todd back to life, that is.
The beloved comic book character was first confirmed to be in the DCEU when Batman v Superman featured a brief, but memorable shot of Affleck’s Bruce Wayne looking on mournfully at an old Robin costume, which had been spray painted on by the Joker, hinting that Jason Todd’s unfortunate fate as Robin has already happened by the time we meet Wayne in Dawn of Justice.
This was later confirmed by Suicide Squad director David Ayer as well, who not only told fans that it was indeed Todd’s old Robin costume, but that that he had in fact, been killed by Jared Leto’s Joker.
LaBeouf is certainly an interesting pick for the role as well, and could probably bring Todd’s unhinged, angry, and resentful post-resurrection attitude to life well and with ease if he were indeed courted for the role. Taking his instability on sets and past behind-the-scenes drama on films though, in addition to the way WB reacted to him playing a small role in Suicide Squad, I don’t know if I’d be hoping too much for this to actually happen, DC fans.
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