Oh boy it’s been a while since I posted one of my regular prattles, but this had to be done, despite my tight exam schedule. A hot set of casting news was revealed recently and some of them were confirmed rumors that had been going on for a while. The lead cast of the upcoming Suicide Squad movie has been announced and it’s one hell of a roster. Some of the people that have been cast have already been long rumored, but still it was exciting to finally get some solid news. I’m gonna be talking about each cast member and their respective character. I’m gonna start from the ones I really don’t know about to the ones I’m more familiar with. Let’s get it on.
For those unfamiliar with who the Suicide Squad are, they are basically an expendable crew of criminals recruited by the government to go on life threatening missions with promise of a reduced life sentence. They usually have tracker bombs installed in their necks in case they go AWOL, so they can be easily discarded. Over the years and the course of the comic history, the team has changed and many of the members have been replaced. But their mission always remains the same. Although they have appeared in TV in shows like Arrow and the Flash, those iterations are not going to be canon with the DC cinematic universe. David Ayer has been announced as the director of the movie, and with his excellent direction of Fury in establishing a perfect chemistry amongst the lead actors, I am totally pumped to see what he is gonna do. Here are the list of the cast and characters for the upcoming movie.
CARA DELEVINGNE AS THE ENCHANTRESS
This is one actress that I’m not particularly familiar with, and the character she plays isn’t quite popular with me. I know the character had a big story arch in the Justice League Dark comic series(another comic book property likely to get a big screen adaptation, possibly directed by the widely imaginative Guillermo del Toro #sweet). I also happen to know that the character possesses mystical powers, which infers to me that the upcoming DC movies are most probably gonna deal with the supernatural. I will read more comics pertaining to the Enchantress to know more about her and I would check out the filmography of Cara Delevingne(I hope I’m spelling her name right). Either way I can’t wait to see her performance.
TOM HARDY AS RICK FLAG
This is a character that has led the Suicide Squad on multiple occasions, think of him as a Nick Fury for miscreants. It seems he would also be leading the team in the movie. I hope to see him and Deadshot hassle each other over the leadership role. He is going to be played by none other than Tom Hardy, more known for his role as another DC character, Bane from the Dark Knight Rises. Tom Hardy is by far a talented actor and I can totally see him playing a rugged commander of a rag tag group. Tom Hardy is a brilliant addition to the cast.
JAI COURTNEY AS CAPTAIN BOOMERANG
The character of Captain Boomerang was recently portrayed on the TV screen in the latest episode of Arrow, he was played by Nick E. Tarabay(Spartacus). Jai Courtney has been confirmed to take on the mantle(also from Spartacus). Courtney has been known to play baddies in the past before in movies like I, Frankenstein, Jack Reacher and Divergent. I’m convinced that he can pull off this character, granted he has appeared in a couple of lackluster movies, but I’ve always found his presence foreboding. As for the character, he can be quite laughable from the comics,as he is a character that utilizes boomerangs as his primary weapon, although the Arrow TV show was able to take him more serious. I hope they stick with his Australian origins and keep his accent.
WILL SMITH AS THE JOKER
This was a casting news that really got me excited, Will Smith is one of the most charismatic characters working today and Deadshot is a very interesting character as well, he is a trained mercenary who takes his missions as a suicidal playground. He once didn’t care if he lived or died during the mission until he discovered he had a daughter which gave him a reason to live. At first I was worried about Will playing this character, seeing that he usually plays the good guy, but then I realized our nonchalant and reckless his character was from Hancock. All that coupled with his unparalleled charisma, would be a sure pass for the role of Deadshot. Another person I would have considered for this role would have been Omari Hardwick from Power. He plays an anti-hero on that show that could relate to the character of Deadshot.
MARGOT ROBBIE AS HARLEY QUINN
Finally an on screen appearance of the crazy clown obsessed former psychiatric doctor. I’ve been waiting a long time for her on screen debut. Margot Robbie had been rumored to play her for a while now and finally it had been confirmed. Now with that been said, I was a fan of her work in the critically acclaimed Wolf of Wall Street, so there is no doubt that she could act……….well crazy. The only issue is the fact that that is her one and only major on screen performance. She is due to appear alongside her co star Will Smith in an upcoming movie titled Focus. I do hope her performance there can confirm to me that she can handle the task of playing a character as complicated as Harley Quinn. I would have been interested in seeing Mila Kunis play this role as well.
JARED LETO AS THE JOKER
Oh this had to be the biggest news, as everyone was speculating on who could play the Clown Prince of Crime. I do think Jared Leto is a great actor(he does have his Oscar to prove it). But this is a tough act to follow, aside from the in-depth complexity of the character, he also has really big shoes to fill, as Heath Ledger owned the character in his own way and the image of that Joker is burned into the audience’s mind. Nevertheless I believe Jared Leto just has to develop the character in his own way while still paying homage to the Joker’s roots. My first choice when I heard that they were recasting the Joker was Robert Knepper(Prison Break), he justs knows how to play the crazy ones.
AMANDA WALLER NOT YET CONFIRMED
With all this characters cast, there leaves one more, Amanda Waller, who is usually the director in charge of the team. She is tough as nails and has a strict policy and would not hesitate in ‘discarding’ a Suicide Squad member during a jeopardizing moment. Currently I’ve heard that there are three actresses on the list namely Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis and Oprah Winfrey, yes the actual Oprah. This really sounds interesting, and it would be quite something to see Oprah appear in a comic book movie. My first choice would be Viola Davis though, just because of her acting history of playing tough women. She can also play a no nonsense head of an organization. Who do you think should be cast as Amanda Waller? And which of the other casting choices do you not necessarily agree with? Let me know in the comment section below. I really look forward to this movie and hope it delivers on an epic scale. For people not really still familiar with the Suicide Squad, I strongly recommend Batman: Assault on Arkham, it’s an animated movie that, contrary to the title, focuses on the Suicide Squad and their relationship with one another. Don’t forget to like and subscribe for more entertaining news. Till next time. Szia.