It seemed as though the packed nature of the cast for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a one-time thing, an easy way of introducing a large ensemble of DC Comics characters before focusing on smaller casts in subsequent films. But that may not be the case exactly. Over the past few months, the studio has been putting together the ensemble for Suicide Squad, the supervillain-filled DC Comics adaptation that will arrive in August 2016 after BvS opens the previous March, and it’s looking pretty stacked with talent already. Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie are all in various stages of negotiations, with Robbie poised to play Harley Quinn and Jesse Eisenberg potentially set to appear as Lex Luthor, and we recently learned that Jared Leto is also in talks to play The Joker.
Now we know who Warner Bros. is looking at to play the Batman villain Deadshot, and it’s none other than Jai Courtney. More after the jump, including which characters Smith and Hardy may be playing.
Per Variety, A Good Day to Die Hard and Jack Reacher actor Jai Courtney is in talks to play Deadshot in Suicide Squad. Fury director David Ayer is onboard to rewrite and helm the feature, and Deadshot figures heavily into the plot as he is one of the principal members of the titular group of supervillains who execute covert missions for the government in order to commute their prison sentences.
Courtney has been very much in demand at the studios as of late, landing a supporting role in Divergent before being cast as Kyle Reese in the upcoming Terminator reboot/sequel Terminator: Genisys. His previous films have yet to really showcase Courtney’s talents (Jack Reacher came close) resulting in a sort of ho-hum reaction to his casting in these various franchise films, but I’m curious to see if he shines when given solid material.
Variety notes that Hardy is in talks to play founding Suicide Squad member Rick Flag, while sources indicate Smith may be playing The Flash nemesis Captain Boomerang aka Digger Harkness. Ayer is fine-tuning the script as we speak in anticipation of starting production next year, but Warner Bros. sure is filling the film out with an interesting ensemble. Suicide Squad arrives in theaters on August 5, 2016.