After a lot of speculation regarding the cast for David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad film, Deadline has reported that several of the high-profile rumored actors have been confirmed for the second major DC Comics-based film arriving in 2016.
Will Smith will play Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot, a highly skilled assassin that prides himself on his ability to never miss. Deadshot has consistently been portrayed over the years as one of, if not the starring members of the team, and Smith’s casting in the part seems to confirm that Lawton will have a big part to play in the upcoming film. Tom Hardy, who has already played a DC Comics character in the form of The Dark Knight Rises‘ Bane, will portray Rick Flag. Flag has normally been shown operating as the team’s field leader: after suffering trauma as a young man, he has a fierce loyalty to the military for giving him a purpose, but often harbors a thinly-veiled instability and a deep resentment of the criminals that he commands. Leto, fulfilling a rumor with a lot of buzz behind it, will be the next actor to portray the Joker, Batman’s one and only arch nemesis.
While Joker’s association with the Suicide Squad has been limited over the years, the fact that actress Margot Robbie will be playing his “main squeeze” Harley Quinn likely accounts for his presence in this film in some way, shape, or form. While its unlikely Joker will actually be a part of the team, Leto’s casting spells especially good things down the line if a future solo Batman film starring (and perhaps directed by) Ben Affleck features that timeless rivalry once again.
Smith, Hardy, and Leto join a cast already populated by the aforementioned Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang (who may show up in a Flash film), and Cara Delevingne as the mysterious Enchantress. Ayer is also scripting the film in addition to his directorial duties.
There’s no mention of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor joining the cast, but we’ll have to see how that will play out in the months to come. The antihero-centric film is currently scheduled for release in August of 2016.
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