Joel Kinnaman Officially Onboard ‘Suicide Squad’ as Rick Flag

By March 9, 2015

Last month, we reported that actor Tom Hardy was forced to drop out of playing Suicide Squad commander Rick Flag in David Ayer’s upcoming DC Comics-based film due to a scheduling conflict, and that actor Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop, “The Killing”) was up to replace him. We now know that Kinnaman will, indeed, be appearing in the film, which is slated to begin shooting soon.

According to Kinnaman himself in a brief statement to the French movie website AlloCiné (via IGN), he confirmed his involvement in the film, with his only other statement on the matter being, “it’s going to be amazing.”

Ayer’s Suicide Squad film will be the third official entry in Warner Bros.’ burgeoning DC Comics-based cinematic universe, taking place in the same world as 2013’s Man of Steel, as well as the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, releasing next March. Kinnaman’s character, Rick Flag, has largely been depicted in the comics as the Squad’s field commander, directly answering to Dr. Amanda Waller, the team’s founder and government overseer. Flag, a capable soldier and commander, comes with his own set of issues, such as deeply resenting the criminals he works with. Being on the same team with Deadshot in particular causes friction from Flag’s perspective, since he is digusted by the notion that they’re at all alike.

Suicide Squad will also star Will Smith as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as the Joker. It will be released in August of 2016. For more on the film as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • M o L l Y

    the superhero movies are becoming a bit overdone don’t ya think?

  • Annie

    I’ve never heard of Suicide Squad…I’m very intrigued

  • That’s Krayy

    oh if Will Smith is going to be in this I’m going to neeeed to at least check it out

  • OliverH

    Harley Quinn is my favorite female super hero