Ever since DC released its long portfolio of movies in the works this October, the rumor bees had started to gravitate away from the Justice League, and onto darker honey, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. While relatively unknown at a universal level, they are a group of villains incarcerated by the government and forcefully sent on black-ops task forces to take on other villains, as a super-equivalent of Dirty Dozen.
The lineup has never remained constant, as it is with all comic-book teams, with overarching frequents such as Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Vixen, Deathstroke, and more recently, Harley Quinn. Though speculations were already solid, revolving around many big names in Hollywood such as Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling, and Margot Robbie, no casting was confirmed. We finally have confirmation from Hollywood Reporter that the official cast for the movie shall be thus:
Deadshot – Will Smith
Rick Flagg – Tom Hardy
Enchantress – Cara Delevingne
Captain Boomerang – Jai Courtney
Harley Quinn – Margot Robbie
These five shall most presumably be the members of the Suicide Squad, or Task Force X, while the new DC Cinematic Universe’s Joker shall be introduced in this same movie, being played by Jared Leto. Margot Robbie shall play the Joker’s vile and psychotic girlfriend, Harley Quinn, who has risen to popularity since her inception in Batman: The Animated Series. Robbie’s performance in last year’s Wolf of Wall Street makes her seem almost perfect for the role of the murderous, face-painted femme fatale.
That is one impressive lineup that Suicide Squad boasts of, including exceptional action stars who are well-versed with character acting too. Production for the film has started, and we shall expect to soon receive more news regarding the same. For the time being, it’s suffice to say the cast has me impressed, especially with Jared Leto, who I believe can paint the Joker in an entirely different shade from Nicholson and Ledger, and do so flamboyantly. Will Smith is a brilliant choice for an a character that seems more anti-hero than villain. When the initial rumors came around saying Smith is up for the role of Captain Boomerang, I was confused as the Australian weapon-wielding villain is not the enigma Will Smith is in his movies. Boomerang is a smirking, wretched thief who has not an ounce of loyalty in him and has betrayed the Squad on many occasions. Will Smith is more the conflicted villain with a dark past, a brooding counterpart to Bruce Wayne’s caped crusader. In fact, Deadshot is primarily Batman’s villain who is taken into captivity and unwillingly inserted among others, while he prefers going solo. It seems DC has found a great one in Will Smith. There is no need to talk about Margot Robbie, since her role in Scorcese’s latest was in fact as close as you can get to Harley Quinn – a slutty, depraved, and borderline psycho. I honestly cannot think of a better actor to take on the role. As for Tom Hardy, he has established himself to be quite the action star, especially in comic-book lore itself as Bane in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. It seems only right that he be given the leader’s cap to manage this volatile bunch, especially with conflicting egos and agendas, as unlike other comic-book teams, none of them want to be here. My doubts remain with the last two – Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress – who have not yet proved themselves to be fit for their roles in any of their previous ventures. But then again, I shouldn’t be too hasty to judge, considering how no one expected a certain Brokeback-er to deliver the most endearing Joker to date. In all, I am quite happy with the confirmation, and hope to see it accompanied by a brilliant script, preferably one similar to Assault on Arkham, with the direction by Ayer promising to be the violent, action-packed fun it should be.