A few months back, when Tom Hardy - Bane himself - was first announced to be stepping down from his role in Suicide Squad, there was a whole lot of speculation about not only why he would no longer be playing Rick Flagg in the film, but just what his departure meant for the movie. Was it a sign that he and Warner Bros. were no longer getting along? That there were problems with the script, or Hardy's co-stars? Even that - as was heavily rumored at the time - his role was being largely stripped out of the movie?
Cut to today, though, and those concerns have largely disappeared. A surge of excitement has surrounded Jared Leto's new take on the Joker, and indeed the rest of the cast - including Joel Kinnaman, Hardy's replacement as Rick Flagg:
One question, though, is still casting its shadow over proceedings...
Just Why Did Tom Hardy Leave Suicide Squad?
Well, thankfully, the man himself has opened up about exactly why he left the project - and it might not be quite the reason you'd imagine.
As Hardy put it to Collider:
"There’s a very practical element as to why I've missed out on that foray, which is because Alejandro [G. Inarritu] has overshot by three months in Calgary, so we've got to go back out to Patagonia or Alaska to continue shooting The Revenant which has turned into a much bigger beast than we thought, but that also looks exceptional."
Even adding (pretty darned viscerally) that:
"Literally we wrapped in Calgary for now until we go back in July. It would have smashed the two, I would've had a beard. It was just not gonna happen so I got ass-slammed technically out of Suicide Squad, gutted, so I had to hand it over to Joel Kinnaman, who will do an amazing job. It’s just I got bumped out, and that’s cool that’s the way it is."
Or, in other words...
Hardy Left Suicide Squad Because of Other Commitments...and Isn't Especially Thrilled About It
In fact, as he went on to add:
"Warner Bros. is my home studio and I love them so I was really bummed out. I wanted to work on that and I know the script is really fucking alley and I also know what’s gonna happen with The Joker and Harley Quinn in that; I won’t give away too much…it’s fucking alley. And that whole territory is something that I would certainly—I mean, everybody loves The Joker. Everybody loves The Joker. Will Smith is a dope guy, but everybody loves The Joker and that’s gonna, I think, be a very important film for fans."
(Alley, in this instance, apparently meaning "right up there with the best").
Which, with a bit of luck, suggests that we might still be in for a pretty darned awesome Suicide Squad movie - even without Hardy.
And who knows, if we're ridiculously lucky, we might even get to see this guy turn up again somewhere down the line...
What do you reckon, though?