Warner Bros has announced the official cast of 2016’s Suicide Squad, and for once if you’ve been following the rumors, they pretty much turned out to be true. The film, directed by David Ayer for an August 6, 2016 release, takes the familiar concept from the DC Comics series of the same name of a team of villains being offered some level of redemption - if they’re willing to go on a suicide mission or 10 for the government first.
Jared Leto is The Joker. Will Smith is Deadshot. Tom Hardy (playing his second major DC character) is Rick Flag. Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn. Jai Courtney is Boomerang. Britsh model/up-and-coming actress Cara Delevingne is Enchantress.
The movie will begin shooting in April 2015 in Toronto, and is the second film on the WB/DC mega-docket announced in October, following Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under David Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero,” said WB President Greg Silverman.
Other rumors for the film were not confirmed, however, including the many actresses rumored for the role of Amanda Waller, the government liaison and de facto boss of the team. Variety reports Warner Bros.' shortlist for the role includes Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey, whom the trade says would be the studios first choice.
Jesse Eisenberg, playing Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman, has also been rumored for the film, but was not confirmed in the announcement.
The character line-up is a mix between those seen frequently in the comic books from which it springs and a couple of bigger (and a couple stranger) names. The Joker is not traditionally associated with the Squad, though his sometimes sidekick, sometimes paramour Harley Quinn has been for a couple of years. Of the other named members, Deadshot is a mainstay, Enchantress (not to be confused with Marvel’s Asgardian villain) has been with the Squad as well as being a general heroic or villainous character depending on the story, Rick Flag has been a legacy member, with multiple “Rick Flag”s joining versions of the squad, and Boomerang - typically a Flash villain, has been on and off as well.
In fact, Boomerang made his television debut on Arrow in November, and is one of two main villains for the Arrow/Flash crossover event on The CW beginning Tuesday Dec 2. The Suicide Squad had a feature episode of their own of Arrow in Season 2, featuring a lineup of Deadshot, Shrapnel, and Bronze Tiger (with a little Harley tease). They also had their own animated film called Assault on Arkham in 2014, and a video game tease in Arkham Origins in 2013.
Ayer has previously said the film will go by the credo, “Does a movie really need good guys?”