It sounds like the DC film universe Suicide Squad could be much heavier-hitting than we’ve ever seen in the comics. Gone are the b-listers that typically fill their ranks, and instead, enter… Lex Luthor?
That’s the report from Deadline Friday, with Warner Bros in discussions with Jesse Eisenberg to bring Lex from spring 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice into Suicide Squad later than summer. It’s unclear what role Lex would have in a movie about villains working for the government. His character is too marquee to be just another foot soldier. Would he be field leader? Would he take the role of the man behind-the-scenes, similar to the role Amanda Waller has traditionally taken with the team? Could his armor make it’s big screen debut?
The online Hollywood trade also reiterates reports that Will Smith and Tom Hardy are being courted for the film in unspecified roles. Margot Robbie is also in the mix - while her role is also unspecified, it’s hard not to think of blond haired loon Harley Quinn, a recent mainstay in the comic book lineup of the Suicide Squad.
Fury's David Ayer is directing the film for Warner Bros for an August 5, 2016 release, and has compared his hopes for the film to a “Dirty Dozen” style film, proposing, “Does a movie really need good guys?”
And speaking of Warner Bros.' superhero movie slate, the Hollywood Reporter contends the studio is seeking a female director for the 2017 Gal Gadot Wonder Woman solo film.