Holy Crap, The Internet Got One Right?

When I did my analysis of DC's slate of live action films, I considered Suicide Squad an outlier. In fact, I went so far as to guess that it, like Shazam, that it wouldn't be included in the shared universe that Warner Bros is insistent on creating, to compete with Marvel. While that hasn't been directly contradicted, the official announcement of the cast of the Suicide Squad film does suggest that it will share a history with the Justice Leaguers. Perhaps even more remarkably, the internet's rumours for the cast were almost perfect, suggesting either that we as a collective are getting better at guessing how a studio will behave, that the studio is looking more to fan-casting for ideas, or Warner Bros had a serious leak on these discussions. I'm betting it was that last one.

The ensemble piece, to be directed by Fury's David Ayer, will feature former Bane Tom Hardy as team leader Rick Flag, Will Smith as assassin Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, native Australian Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, model Cara Delevinge as the magical Enchantress, and Jared Leto as only the fourth live action actor to take on the role of the Joker. It is the inclusion of Harley Quinn and the Joker that suggests to me that this film will follow whatever continuity is set up by Batman Vs Superfly: From Dusk to Dawn, as Zack Synder (who will be producing Suicide Squad) has said that Ben Affleck's Batman will be "well established," and a well established Batman would need a Joker in his past. I have to say, I'm a little impressed that Warners and DC are letting Joker in a film without a Bat in the title or cast. Though maybe they're banking on that character's notoriety to sell a film filled with unknowns.

The cast is not yet complete, as there remain several roles uncast, including more potential team members, and team organizer Amanda Waller, whom Warners is hoping to land an established and venerated actress to play (think Glenn Close in Guardians). I would also note that, Harley and the Joker aside, the team is very reminiscent of the original 1987 lineup of the Squad, helped by the presence of the Enchantress, a character that would seem far more at home on Constantine or in Guillermo Del Toro's Justice League Dark. Harley's affiliation with the team is a product of the New 52 era, and the Joker will undoubtedly be included to help explain Harley to audiences, who will be completely unfamiliar with her in a live action setting. Personally, I can't help but draw comparisons between this cast and the plot of the DC animated film Batman: Assault on Arkham. Which also makes me wonder if, considering this will be the first film of the DC slew to be released after Batman vs Superman: Friendship Is Magic, if the Joker's presence isn't setting up a Batfleck cameo.

Via Collider.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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