Well, damn. Looks like it’s on now. Yesterday, Warner Bros essentially pulled off the modern Hollywood studio version of walking up to Marvel, slapping them in the face with a silk glove and declaring a duel when they released their DC Comics movie lineup all the way up to 2020. Not so much “pistols at dawn” as it is “Superheroes at the Dawn of Justice” though.
On that slate, DC has pencilled in several really big names like Wonder Woman and Flash, but sandwiched among all of it is Suicide Squad, a title that doesn’t exactly ooze brand recognition. Sure, David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Fury) will be writing and directing, but Suicide Squad is no Batman v Superman when it comes to mainstream public appeal, that’s for sure. But clearly, Warner Bros is looking to do something about that and instead of taking a page out of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy guidebook and casting mostly B-listers for their riskiest property, the folks on the Warner lot have stars in their eyes. Big stars.
During a story on Ryan Gosling and how the actor has recently changed his tune when it comes to starring big budget studio tentpole productions, THR reports that Warner Bros have put offers out to Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie to all take leading roles in the supervillain ensemble movie. That latter two are about to headline WB’s Focus together while Robbie is also set to star in the studio’s new Tarzan, so there’s already a working relationship there. But even so, that’s some serious A-list star power in that wish list, and you would have to think that most of them probably won’t be signing on the dotted line for a movie like this.
But on the off-chance that they do actually put pen to paper, who would they play? Quick refresher: the Suicide Squad is a team of incarcerated villains in the DC comics universe, who are forced on government mandated black ops missions either through the existence of a micro-bomb implanted in their skulls, or in exchange for a commuted sentence. A recent rumour pegged the lineup for the movie version of this team to be gunslinger Deadshot, the powerhouse Blockbuster, the self-duplicating Multiplex (seen in the most recent episode of The Flash), speedster Jaculi, telepath Mindboggler, boomerang/weapons expert Harkness aka Captain Boomerang and animal-powered Vixen. Going by those characters, I actually can’t see an immediate fit for any of those actors anywhere.
Hardy is certainly enough of an on-screen chameleon that he can essentially take on any of those roles (yes, probably even Vixen!), but his natural charisma could make a decent Deadshot. So too Smith has the necessary attitude to play the assassin, but you just know there will grumbles and gripes on the net about a black actor playing a traditionally white character again (Fantastic Four‘s Michael B. Jordan says “Hi,” by the way). And I guess that Gosling could be Multiplex, but that is such a background, supporting character that it would be a complete waste of his talents. Other than that though, I’ve actually got nothing.
Now it could be that Warner Bros are taking these characters in a totally unexpected direction, or that the rumoured character list is completely off the mark, and that they’re actually going with the more traditional team members. If the latter, then I could certainly see some roles being filled by these guys.
Hardy could turn in a great Deadshot, as previously mentioned. Will Smith could make a fantastic Black Manta (which sounds like racist typecasting, but really isn’t) and it would set him up to essentially play the villain – something he’s never really done – to Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in the recently announced solo film. Gosling could be a top pick for a slightly out of left field character choice in Rick Flag Jr, the leader of two much earlier incarnations of the Suicide Squad, and son of the founder of the unit. Flag hasn’t been active in ages, but he could be nice nod back to the comics’ roots.
As for Margot Robbie, there’s really only one choice here for me. It may be a role unlike anything she’s ever done before, but there’s no denying that she’s got the physical resemblance to pull off Harley Quinn, the Joker’s ex-sidekick turned fan favourite Suicide Squad member who may not have been present in the original iterations of the team, but has become the breakout star of its modern version.
All of this is just baseless conjecture at this point of course, until Warner Bros confirm more than just a release date, but that doesn’t mean we can’t let our imaginations run wild for a bit. So who do you think should be in the Suicide Squad movie, and who could Gosling, Hardy, Smith and Robbie play if they were to accept their offers? Sound off below!
Last Updated: October 17, 2014