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Jai Courtney in "Jack Reacher"
Jai Courtney in "Jack Reacher"
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It looks like news from the DC Comics Cinematic Universe is heating up. Both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety are reporting Wednesday night that Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, the upcoming Terminator: Genesys) is "in talks" to join David Ayer's 2016 Suicide Squad. THR just has Courtney circling an unspecified role, while Variety reports he's being eyed for Deadshot.

Tom Hardy, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto are all reportedly in various stages of talks about joining the cast, with both sources naming most of their potential roles. Fans already know Leto is being eyed for the Joker , the trades corroborated Robbie is in line for Harley Quinn and they say Hardy would play team leader Rick Flagg. THR reports Smith is the least likely of the actors to complete a deal and didn't name his potential role. Variety says "sources say it’s likely The Flash nemesis Digger Harkness a.k.a. Captain Boomerang."

Jesse Einsenberg was previously reported to be also in the mix for Suicide Squad reprising his Batman V Superman role as Lex Luthor.

And speaking of Dawn of Justice, sets reportedly for the on-location Chicago shoot of 2016 film suggests the new film may once again revisit the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne in Crime Alley.

This picture from Instagram user Dan Marcus shows a Chicago theater marquee adorned with "The Mark of Z" and another image shows a movie poster for "The Mark of Zorro," the movie the Wayne's were seeing before being gunned down as commonly depicted in DC Comics continuity.

Older automobiles were reportedly also being moved into the streets in preparation for filming.

The poster is of the 1940 version of the film starting Tyrone Power (there is a 1920 version starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.). Frank Miller used in the 1940 version in The Dark Knight Returns, an obvious influence on Batman V Superman.

Interestingly the marquee also shows a billing and "Coming Soon" poster for John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur. Assuming the Wayne's attend a revival of The Mark of Zorro in 1981, and assuming Bruce is 10-12 years old at the time, this would make Batman 43-45 years old for the film. Ben Affleck will be 43 when the film is released in 2016.


Chicago is Gotham again! "Batman vs Superman" is filming the Wayne's murder here in Uptown tonight.

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They are actually using "The Mark of Zorro"! #BatmanvSuperman #bvschicago

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