With a little less than two months until its release, Suicide Squad has got fans around the world buzzing with excitement. From the debut of Harley Quinn and Deadshot, to Jared Leto's Joker, we've got a lot to look forward to when the "Skwad" hit theaters in August. But there is one role that fans are looking forward to for a completely different reason.
In March 2015, Scott Eastwood announced he had been cast in the film, but his role has been unspecified thus far. The producers are keeping his character's identity a secret and this has provoked many theories that he could be playing an undercover Dick Grayson, or even Roy Harper. The mystery surrounding his character has got fans hyped and is one of the many intriguing aspects of Suicide Squad that's yet to be revealed.
Are the producers keeping his identity a secret for a reason? Is he to play a bigger role in the ever-expanding DC Universe? If a recent Wikipedia entry is to be believed, then no. The Wikipedia page for current Suicide Squad members offers a heading for the film adaptation's squad. Under that heading you will see that it states Eastwood is playing a character named Nemesis. Not Nightwing, not Deathstroke, but Nemesis. Anti-climatic if you ask me.
Who Is Nemesis?
Some eagle-eyed viewers may recognize Nemesis, real name Thomas Andrew Tresser, as a background character in various Justice League Unlimited episodes. Apart from his sporadic appearances in the animated series, Tresser hasn't appeared in any other form of media.
Avid Suicide Squad fans will recognize him from several comic book runs, where he appears as a sporadic squad member. His most significant comic appearance came in Brave and the Bold Issues 166–192, where his brother Craig murdered his family while brainwashed and was subsequently killed by agents acting in self-defense. Tresser then became Nemesis, opting to use the name of his vigilante alter ego rather than his disgraced family name. Tresser later teamed up with Batman to clear his brother's name.
Why director David Ayer would choose to include Nemesis but hide his identity as if he is a major player in DC is beyond me. This trick has proved very ineffective among fans, as Arrow creators found out earlier this year. Arrow twice hinted at The Question's debut before throwing a curveball and bringing in a made-for-TV character. This trick was also used in the season finale, when a "surprise ally" was teased, who many believed would be Constantine or the debut of Zatanna. The showrunners faced a serious backlash for misleading fans, so Ayer should know better than to try this cheap trick.
At the end of the day, this is a Wikipedia entry, not the gospel according to DC. Although one has to wonder, why would the post be kept up for so long without further proof? False information entered into Wikipedia is usually swiftly removed, so there must be some credibility to this, at least to some extent.
This wouldn't be the first time character identities have been leaked onto public forums. Earlier this year actor Teddy Sears said that his IMDb entry stating he was to play Jay Garrick/Zoom almost spoiled The Flash's major reveal. The showrunners apparently accused Sears' publicity team of the leak. The swift response from The Flash creators makes me wonder why Ayer hasn't responded to the Wikipedia entry. Is DC aware of this apparent leak?
It will be interesting to see if Eastwood will play Nemesis after all. With all the publicity and buzz surrounding his role — with big names like Nightwing, Deathstroke and Arsenal being bandied about — fans will be ticked off if his reveal turns out to be that of a Z-list character.
All will be revealed when Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.