UPDATE: 04/05/2019 – 2:06pm PT
We’ve got good news and bad news. The good news? Idris Elba will still star in James Gunn’s
It seems as though, after weeks of discussions, all parties decided not to recast Deadshot with Elba, leaving room for Smith’s possible return in a future sequel. Smith was forced to step down from Gunn’s film due to scheduling and not creative differences, so it seems DC and Warner Bros. are at least keeping the door open for Big Will to come back should he choose.
With Deadshot out of the question and Elba still on board to star, the mystery becomes who the actor will play. In the comics, the Suicide Squad has had roughly, give or take a few, 7,000 members at one time or another, and the DC Universe is full of colorful villains and antiheroes who could easily step in and do some damage. If we’re going off of characters from the most recent iteration of the Squad, I’d say Captain Cold or Merlyn the Archer seem the most likely given their abilities and attitude, but past members Bronze Tiger, Wildcat, or Major Disaster are also possibles.
This is all pretty exciting either way. So far, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney’s Capt. Boomerang are coming back, as is Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller. The field is wide open for more of DC’s nastiest and most lovable antiheroes. We’ll keep you up to date on any further developments!
Original Report Follows
Not a week after Will Smith announced he was out as Deadshot for the
The report also says Elba’s meeting with Gunn last week went so swimmingly that his people began discussions with Warner Bros. immediately. Evidently Elba was Gunn and Warners’ only choice for the character.
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Margot Robbie is all-in for the film, evidently, and since she’s already filming the
Elba is a brilliant actor who could use a character as meaty as Deadshot in a big tentpole movie. In 2017, he played the lead character in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s