Yesterday's Suicide Squad announcement came as an unexpected, yet pleasant surprise. I missed out on getting the announcement on my page due to having a crap computer at my house, but that won't stop me from keeping you in the know about Suicide Squad's lineup and the stories that are inspiring David Ayer's 2016 film.
As we look at the cast and characters, I'll be giving a brief description of what I know about each of them. I will also be providing links to these characters' biographies on comicvine, all you have to do is click the names of each character that are in bold.
1. The Cast and Characters
- Cara Delevingne is Enchantress
I don't know much about Enchantress, I have read her once in the Justice League Dark vol. 1 graphic novel, but I was given her origin in that or anything. What I do know about her though, from what I've read is that she started off as June Moon, just a teenage girl who happened to come across a demon named Dzamor. This demon offered her the power she would use to later become the Enchantress and the power would drive her mad and cause her to live a life of evil.
She would later become fed up with the demonic side of her personality and want to be free of it and would take up an offer to join the Suicide Squad because she believed that it would help her achieve that goal.
I don't know much about the actress Cara Delevingne, considering she hasn't done much. Her first movie was Anna Karenina from 2012, so she's a pretty up-and-coming actress. I also know that she has a role in the 2015 Pan film as a Mermaid. So, I don't feel like I can really judge her as an actress just yet. I hope she does well in the film. That's about as much as I can say about the actress and her character.
Jai Courtney is Captain Boomerang
Next up is Captain Boomerang. I've only read him in books a few times and know that he is typically a Flash villain. But the origin of Captain Boomerang is that he is an Australian child by the name of George Harknss with some real daddy issues. His mother, although married to Ian Harkness, will have conducted an affair with a man named Wiggin. It would soon be found out that George's biological father was not Ian, which would result in a rough childhood. It wouldn't be till Wiggin's American Toy Company sent George a package with a boomerang, that George would find his natural skill of throwing them. Eventually, this would inspire George to travel to Central City where his father's company was. He'd be offered a job to promote the toy and become Captain Boomerang. Understandably, Captain Boomerang, the toy's mascot, would become nothing but a joke to the public while the Wiggin's Toy Company would fail. Long story short, bitterness leads George to a life of crime, just to people to have the money he needed to get by.
Originally rumor to go to actor Will Smith, it was announced that Jai Courtney would be playing the role of Captain Boomerang. Once again, I don't know if I can say too much about the actor with his character only cause I have seen him in much other than Jack Reacher and Divergent. He did well enough in both movies, so I guess that's a one-up for me and he'll be starring in Terminator Genysis. But, I will keep my final judgement for when I see him in Suicide Squad.
- Tom Hardy is Rick Flag
The character I know least about is Rick Flag. I read his biography a little when I first heard he was rumored to be in the movie. From what I've gathered, he's a war veteran with some mad skills which leads him to be the top choice to lead the Suicide Squad or "Task Force X". At first hesitant because of the fact that the team is comprised of villains and criminals, he does end up taking the job and becoming one of the founding members of the Suicide Squad.
Now, even though I know very little about this character, I'm excited to see Tom Hardy in the role. I love Tom Hardy's acting in movies like The Dark Knight Rises and Inception. You wouldn't think so, but he's definitely a character actor when you compared roles like Bane to roles like Eames (his character in Inception). He's versatile and I believe that's why he'll be great in next year's Mad Max: Fury Road, and why he'll be a more than welcome addition to Suicide Squad.
- Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn
This is one of the most exciting pieces of comic book news that I've heard since the DC 10-movie lineup. Harley Quinn will finally get her first ever, live action appearance! If you don't know about Harley Quinn, she was originally Dr. Harleen Francis Quinzel, a psychiatrist who worked at Arkham Asylum. She would go on to interact with the Asylum's most notorious inmates, the Joker. The Joker, being as cunning and manipulative as he could ever be, twists the minds and ideals of Dr. Quinzel, allowing her to believe that the Joker is the kind of person that is good and that mean old "Bats" is the real villain. Insanity would ensue and she would adopt the name Harley Quinn and become the Joker's right-hand woman.
Now, Margot Robbie is definitely a rising actress, as she was critically acclaimed in The Wolf on Wallstreet (which I haven't seen nor will I) and she has won a role with Will Smith next year in Focus and will be starring as Jane Porter in 2016's Tarzan movie. So, considering that I've not seen any of her movies, I can't make a judgement call on this one. If I was to go off just looks, I'd say yeah, she could pull it off pretty well probably. But, I'll just have to wait and see for myself. I do hope that they don't over sexualize the character, the way they have in recent comics, that would just about ruin the character's on-screen presence for me.
- Will Smith is Deadshot
Floyd Lawton aka Deadshot, has a tragic childhood just as much as almost any other villain. Always living in the shadow of his brother popular brother Edward, Floyd found himself on the opposite side of the spectrum as he was the kid always getting into trouble. Later, Floyd and Edward to be asked to kill their father by request of their mother. Edward would accept and Floyd would decline, causing Edward to lock his brother up while he attempted to carry out the deed. Floyd would then get free, obtain a rifle and try to shoot the gun out of his brother's hand in order to save him from a life in prison. Positioned from a tree, when the branch would snap, causing Floyd to accidentally kill his brother. You can imagine the psychological trauma this would play on a child!
Floyd would grow up cold and demented and would be care-free and always seeking a "glorious" way to die because he sees life as meaningless (and unfortunately sees it that way for everyone). Becoming an expert sharp-shooter, Floyd would only have missed once in his life as Deadshot and that would be when he makes an attempt on his main nemesis Batman. Deadshot's motive and drive in life would end up changing though when he discovers that he has a daughter.
I'm so excited that Will Smith being attached to the movie wasn't just a rumor. I think that this is a great cast as Deadshot. Deadshot, although a violent criminal actually has a lot of good story-drama to his character, that's what makes Will Smith perfect, he's nailed the dramatic feels in movies like Pursuit of Happyness and I Am Legend but also has the action movie experience in movies like I, Robot and Bad Boys. I've been dying to see Will Smith play in one of the big comic universes, either Marvel or DC. I'm glad to see that my wish came true.
- Jared Leto is Joker
The biggest news of comic book movies this year probably. Nobody thought that the Clown Prince of Crime would be making his onscreen appearance for at least 10-20 years after the great performance Heath Ledger gave us in The Dark Knight!
How wrong we all were! The Joker, the demented, psychotic arch-nemesis of Batman will be making is DC Cinematic Universe debut in a movie without Batman. This is extremely interesting and leads me to wonder what will Joker's role be in Suicide Squad? He's never been a member of the team, considering that the team is usually consisted of B-list and C-list villains. Will he be an outside influence using Harley Quinn as an insider? Will he be part of the team for the movie's sake? There's no way of knowing just yet. But, I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that I'm excited to see Joker get some movie love once again.
As for Jared Leto playing the role, I think he's great. He's a great actor and he's the perfect age (42) to coexist with Ben Affleck's Batman if/when that happens in the future installments of the DCCU. He's definitely a character actor and he seems to be the kind of actor who is in touch with is dark side. If you are unfamiliar with the actor, he's recently won an award for his performance in Dallas Buyer's Club. He's also starred in films like Fight Club and Panic Room (those are the two I've seen him in). I have full faith in Leto's performance and know that it will be an enjoyable one for sure.
- Jesse Eisenberg may be returning as Lex Luthor.
Now, it's also said that Jesse Eisenberg may be returning to reprise his role of Lex Luthor in the film. If this is true, which I think it is, that's two movies in one year that Eisenberg will be playing the same role as he will have previously made his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- Three Actresses Supposedly in the Running for Amanda Waller
There are three actresses in the running for Amanda Waller apparently and they consist of Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer.
Now, I think it's great that they're going with the original Amanda Waller instead of the young, skinny, CW-type of Amanda Waller, but please, oh please, don't cast Oprah Winfrey for the role. Not only do I not like her as a person, but I don't think she would be right for the role anyways. Her appearance in the movie would take you out of the film because she's too much of a pop-culture icon. I don't want to see Oprah Winfrey in this movie. My excitement for the film would drop several degrees if it comes to be true.
The other two actresses in the running are Viola Davis and Olivia Spencer. I've seen Viola Davis before in movies like The Help, Prisoners, and Ender's Game and thought she was good in all of them. I've seen Octavia Spencer in Octavia Spencer also in the Help and in Snowpiercer and she did well in both.
With all of that being said, I'd vote for Viola Davis. She has the look of an Amanda Waller (although she ain't ugly like Waller is) and she seems like she could take on the tone of authority and be someone very threatening due to their 'political' power. Spencer looks too sweet, too nice and Oprah is too Oprah. Give me Davis please.
- David Ayer and Geoff Johns gave us homework
Looks like we'll be needing to take a loot at John Ostrander's run of the Suicide Squad books which went between 1980s and 1990s. I know what's next on my reading list.
So, voice your opinions, excitement, and trepidation in the comments below and don't forget to vote in the poll as well!