Not a day goes by without a scoop or rumour or claim suggesting another big name to another big franchise movie. And now that Marvel has announced its entire movie slate up until 2020 alongside DC’s shared universe intentions, it seems a casting is made a day.
Just as British journalism demands ‘a murder a day’, Hollywood movie news requires ‘a casting a day’.
Well DC and Warner Bros made one hell of a casting announcement yesterday that signaled their well-publicised intentions for something more, something greater and something extremely villainous.
Warner Bros announced that Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevigne and will hit the screen, under the tutelage of writer/director David Ayer, in 2016 for Suicide Squad.
Described as ‘The Dirty Dozen with supervillains’ the Suicide Squad will see famous DC comics super villains team up for a mission that is sure to kill them, hence the ominous feature title.
When the movie was announced as second on the slate of DC’s planned shared universe timeline, shrugs were a plenty. It was deemed filler, a spin off and one to bolster the universe and introduce already established characters. This may very well be the case but with the talent on display it may very well be a diamond in disguise.
First we have Will Smith. Everyone’s favourite Jaden Smith publicist may be looking to regain some popularity and flex his acting chops in the role of Deadshot, a classic Batman villain. This is a stroke of casting genius.
Smith may be known as the wise cracking comedic action star but he has serious acting chops. Able to flick the anger on in an instant, Smith may one day look back on his career and regret all the missed opportunities and poor choices– this will not be one of them.
He will play a hardened one-shot-one-kill assassin and will be forced into showcasing his true talents opposite the likes of Hardy and Leto.
Then we have Senor Bane himself, Tom Hardy. Already familiar with the DC universe, albeit one with Chris Nolan at the helm, Hardy has opted for an estranged role in Suicide Squad as opposed to one as lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, as was rumoured numerous times.
Everyone knows who Hardy is. The man’s praised very highly and still, it seems, undervalued and underutilised by everyone in Hollywood besides Warner Bros. He clearly likes working with them and has chosen Rick Flagg as his next franchise venture.
Flagg is said to be the only heroic character in the Squad and its natural leader. Expect dishes to fly, however, when the likes of Deadshot, Flagg, Joker and Harley Quinn are in the mix.
Every now and again, and it helps that its nearing Christmas, rumour castings come to life. Oscar winner and monumental talent Jared Leto has been rumoured for the role of Joker for a very long time. He has been searching far and wide for his next acting vehicle after his star turn in Dallas Buyers Club and it seems the maniacal Prince of Crime is his desired destination.
Unlike Heath Ledger’s much debated casting of the Joker in The Dark Knight this has been met with mass approval. And you can’t argue with the casting when Leto is a proven star, dedicated to his art and gifted with chameleon abilities as he drifts from role to role. However, I suspect the Joker’s role to be a glorified cameo in the feature, which will then be spun off into a much bigger role in a Justice League movie or even an as-yet-unannounced Ben Affleck standalone Batman feature. Any role larger and less villainous may prove to be worrying but as mentioned, I suspect otherwise.
Enter another bit of casting genius: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
Mainstream audiences may only know her as the ‘hot chick’ in The Wolf of Wall Street whilst Robbie seems to be carving quite a reputation in Hollywood with over 5 features arriving in the next 2 years. We’ve seen her play and rule the sexy femme fatale in The Wolf of Wall Street, a facet she can readily transfer to Harley Quinn.
All that remains now is to see if she can play crazy and live up to the voice of numerous voice actresses that still live in fanboy hearts.
Rounding off the announced cast are Jai Courtney as Boomerang and model Cara Delavigne as Enchantress.
Courtney was rumoured for the role of Deadshot for a very long time but his casting as Boomerang is so obvious I was angry with myself for not calling it. Courtney is Australian after all. To many Courtney is the downside of this announcement. He is seen as the next Sam Worthington – the star that Hollywood likes but no one else does. But you know what? I like him. This may be because I loved him and his character in the Starz series Spartacus and am always waiting for him to transfer that small screen talent to the big screen. Hopefully, the ultra-cheese role of Boomerang will let Courtney have fun whilst upping the acting ante in the presence of Smith, Hardy, Leto and Robbie.
Whilst Courtney remains the negative for a lot of people, for me it is Delevigne.
There is no denying her beauty and aura. The woman is stunning but does she have the acting chops to feature opposite this powerhouse ensemble? This still remains to be seen.
She does have a fleeting role in Warner Bros upcoming Peter Pan movie, Pan, which may be an early indication of her acting chops.
And it seems the excitement doesn’t stop there. Warner Bros, not content with Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, are supposedly looking to sign on Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor to the feature. Again this is entirely rumour but could very well come in the form of a cameo. It also seems like Warner Bros see Suicide Squad as the greatest movie of all time after supposedly contacting Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and first choice Oprah Winfrey for the role of Amanda Waller, the hard nosed ARGUS chief responsible for forming the Suicide Squad. So, essentially, Warner Bros sat down and said Waller can only be played by either an Oscar Winner, a two-time Oscar nominee or the most influential woman in entertainment.
That’s right. Warner Bros are extremely excited and all in with the Suicide Squad and if the creative share the same excitement then I advocate reciprocation. The universe, the story, the concept, the cast, the passion and the casting intentions are why I’m excited about Suicide Squad.