David Ayer’s Suicide Squad officially has a cast and it’s almost everything we had already heard about. That’s not to say these aren’t interesting choices (they are) but it’s also nice to just have things confirmed once in a while. Variety reports these actors are in the SS as these respective characters:
Jared Leto – The Joker
Will Smith – Deadshot
Tom Hardy – Rick Flag
Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
Jai Courtney – Boomerang
Cara Delevingne – Enchantress
My pick for Joker was Jake Gyllenhaal – and that was before I watched Nightcrawler – but Leto has proven himself as an actor. He vanished in his previous performance for which he won an Oscar. Leto will still have plenty to contend with (google The Joker and guess which incarnation pops up the most).
Will Smith notoriously refused the role of Django due to a misunderstanding that the character felt sidelined in his own movie? Maybe after a string of flops and bigger flops, Smith is willing to play second fiddle to an ensemble. Unless Deadshot plays as our focal point. The recent DC animated feature about the Suicide Squad used Deadshot as the main character. The movie is a mess but bigger DC fans will try and convince you it’s good. Don’t listen to them.
I have a feeling Tom Hardy won’t be able to chew scenery as much as his Bane performance. It’s my understanding that Rick Flag was the brains of the team back in its original incarnations. Nobody really remembers or cares. I imagine Hardy will be playing more of the straight man this time but they can just say “fuck continuity” and make this character more memorable than just geek required reading.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is one of the great modern casting decisions. I wrote about it at length already. Please get this character right.
Sam Worthington 2.0 might actually work in a smaller capacity than all his other projects. He’s not a leading man, co-leading man, and shouldn’t take up the spotlight. Remember how likable he was in Spartacus? That was an ensemble. Play Courtney to his strengths. Boomerang seems like a good fit for John McClane’s bastard of a son. Also he’s Australian just like Boomerang. Only seems fair that he’s cast as the Aussie character.
Cara Delevingne was at one point rumored to play Harley Quinn before the Margot Robbie bit popped onto everyone’s radar. Now she’s playing Enchantress. Not the one from Marvel. This one is supposed to have dark hair. They could just ignore that and beat Marvel to the punch with a blonde Enchantress. The one concern I have is that the character deals in magic. They wouldn’t even call Superman “Superman” in his own movie. I wonder how they’ll tone down magic in this universe.
Jesse Eisenberg is also rumored to immediately follow up his role as Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman with an appearance in SS. According to Variety, Warner Bros sees this film as Ocean’s Eleven but with comic book characters. Why the Ocean’s films work so well is because of sharp scripts, near-iconic banter, and an overwhelming sense of fun from the actors. David Ayer doesn’t really do “fun” as much as he does well-crafted dark dramas. Sabotage was painful but he only did a polish on the script. Fury and End of Watch earn him big points in my book.
On a final casting note, several actresses are being looked at to play Amanda Waller: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey (who is the studio’s #1 pick for the part). Amanda Waller is DC’s Nick Fury but much darker. She goes by the nickname “The Wall” because she’s got a heavy build and is virtually unstoppable in the world of military espionage. I don’t think Oprah can act to save her life and she’s the embodiment of materialistic, so I’m against that casting choice. Everything else has me interested or overjoyed. And for the love of all things comic book related, Octavia Spencer would kick undeniable ass as Amanda Waller. Please make this happen.