'Suicide Squad:' Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and More Confirmed

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 15:24 Written by  iamrogue
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'Suicide Squad:' Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy and More Confirmed

Warner Bros. just went a long, long way towards distinguishing its nascent DC Cinematic Universe from the party over at Marvel.

The studio just announced the all-star cast playing supervillains in Suicide Squad, confirming a whole host of rumors, including the big one that Jared Leto is playing the new iteration of Batman's nemesis, The Joker.

How all-star are we talking here? Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, and Leto have all signed up to play DC bad guys for writer-director David Ayer.

Smith has long been rumored to circling Captain Boomerang, with Courtney as Deadshot.  Turns out those roles are reversed: Smith is playing master assassin Deadshot, while Courtney (who is also the rebooted Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genisys) is playing the Australian Boomerang.  As rumored, Smith's Focus co-star Robbie is playing Joker's sidekick Harley Quinn.  Leto is going from his Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club performance to the Clown Prince of Crime. Delevingne, the supermodel rumored for Harley Quinn, is, in fact, appearing as Enchantress.

Hardy, meanwhile, is tackling his second DC villain as Rick Flagg, the leader of the titular squad, a group of convicted supervillains on a seemingly impossible mission that's their only shot at redemption.

“I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains," Ayer said recently while promoting his last movie, Fury. "Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?’”

Suicide Squad is the third movie in the shared DC continuity that kicked off with Man of Steel and continues in March 2016 with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Zack Snyder, currently busy with the superhero slugfest, is producing Suicide Squad alongside his fellow Snyderverse architects Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven.

All these big actors are almost certaintly signed up for more than just the one movie.  Warner Bros. is planning at least nine DC movies through 2020, so expect to see villains like Deadshot and Joker squaring off against the likes of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Flash (Ezra Miller) over the long haul.

Making the announcement today, the studio's President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production Greg Silverman declared, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

Conspicuously absent is Jesse Eisenberg, who is said to be in talks to reprise his Batman v Superman role as Lex Luthor.

Suicide Squad will shoot at Pinewood Studios in Toronto from April to September of 2015 in order to meet an August 5, 2016 release date.

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