When news of DC's upcoming cinematic lineup broke on Wednesday, there were a whole lot of questions raised. Whys, whens, hows and whats went flying, and confusion pretty much reigned supreme.
But then, we managed to collect ourselves, and take a closer look at just what that announcement meant, and then...
...then, the rumor starting floating around that the Suicide Squad movie (coming our way summer 2016) is already all but cast - and, according to THR, that cast is one heck of an A-List ensemble.
The paper is reporting that Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy have all been offered parts in the movie - and, though that's exactly the sort of rumor that could be instantly debunked tomorrow, it might just have got us here at Moviepilot all excited.
So, we thought we should probably take a look at just who it is the four of them could end up playing...
Y'know. Just in case.
Ryan Gosling, a.k.a. Deadshot
Who? A true fan favorite, the masked assassin known as Deadshot (real name Floyd Lawton) is largely known as an enemy of Batman - but also for his work with the Suicide Squad. His main selling point? He never misses a shot.
Why? Gosling's always shown an interest in playing a superhero-type role - but balked at the long-term contract requirements. Even if Suicide Squad was a hit, it's basic premise requires the cast-members to be expendable, so seven picture deals aren't likely to be on the table. Also, Deadshot is awesome.
Will Smith, a.k.a. Bronze Tiger
Who? Originally an affluent kid from Central City, Ben Turner found himself on a very different path from what he'd expected - becoming a petty criminal. Soon, though, he became one of the world's most gifted martial artists, and also a successful (if anti-heroic) crime-fighter - eventually proving an accomplished leader of the Suicide Squad.
Why? Partly because Smith could use the chance to show off his bad-ass side again - which BT would very much let him do - and partly because he's a very similar (but just different enough) character to the eponymous Hancock to let Smith prove that he wasn't the problem with that movie.
Margot Robbie, a.k.a. Harley Quinn
Who? Likely the most recognizable Suicide Squad member to those who haven't read the comics, Harleen Quinzel became Harley Quinn after falling in love with the joker while working at Arkham Asylum. In the comics, her role in the Suicide Squad is...less than voluntary.
Why? There aren't many actresses with more buzz surrounding them at the moment than Robbie - and if there's a potential breakout role in Suicide Squad, it's definitely Harley...
Tom Hardy, a.k.a. Bane
Who? He's Bane. As in, the huskily-voiced, be-masked villain from The Dark Knight Rises. Who, as it happens, has also featured as a member of the Suicide Squad.
Why? Well, he's already Bane, for one thing - and unless they want to recast a role featured so recently in Bat-lore, there's surely no other choice but Hardy for Bane - or Bane for Hardy, should he sign on.
So, now we just have to wait, and find out whether we really will be seeing these guys in [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363)...
What do you guys think? Who would you like to see star in Suicide Squad?