Back in late 2014 DC announced their slate of upcoming moves. The slate itself was massively impressive and shows that DC have huge plans up their sleeves. They are rebooting Green Lantern and introducing characters that fans have never seen in cinema before such as Aquaman, Cyborg and Shazam. Furthermore, they plan to combine DC's greatest heroes into a long awaited Justice League Movie!
However, it is some of DC's greatest villains which have garnered much attention lately.
The Suicide Squad was among the films announced by DC, with a planned release date of August 2016. The cast list for the film was released in late 2014 and managed to make fans raise eyebrows, smile with delight and jump around like children on Christmas.
Now, one of the main cast members has dropped out of the film!
Tom Hardy, who was set to play Rick Flag, comic book leader of the villains turned anti-heroes, has left the Suicide Squad, due to scheduling conflicts. Hardy's upcoming Warner Bros. Film "Mad Max: Fury Road", where he plays the titular character, will be released in May 2015. As this date approaches, Hardy will be required to travel the world doing press to promote his film. This means he won't be able to start filming Suicide Squad which plans to begin production Mid April, in Toronto.
Furthermore, filming for Hardy's upcoming Western Thriller "The Revenant" is said to be over-running meaning his time will be divided between this, and the promotion of Mad Max.
With Hardy's busy schedule, who can fill his shoes? DC's answer: Jake Gyllenhaal.
The Hollywood Reporter claim that Gyllenhaal has had an offer to replace Hardy in The Suicide Squad. Gyllenhaal, who starred in the 2001 indie cult hit "Donnie Darko" has recently garnered attention for starring in the multi-award winning 2014 film "Nightcrawler" where he played a vigilante-esque cameraman.
His sister Maggie has already made her stamp on the DC Universe, replacing Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, which also starred Tom Hardy as Bane.
But is Jake Gyllenhaal right for this role? Can he really play tough leader Rick Flag? Can he control the criminals in his "Squad"? Is this film going to fall apart without Tom Hardy? Let me know whether you think Gyllenhaal is right for the role, and if he will do a better or worse job than Hardy, in the comments below.