DC's 'Suicide Squad' Gets An Official Cast Which Includes The Likes Of Will Smith, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, and More

Given all the recent news and rumors surrounding DC's upcoming films, it starts to become difficult to tell fact from fiction after a certain point. With most of the Batman v. Superman drama behind us for now, fans and news outlets alike have turned their attention to the studio's many other upcoming projects. Believe it or not, it has already been two months since DC shocked us all by unveiling their full line-up of upcoming films (Prior to Marvel doing the same thing a few weeks later), yet we haven't heard any official news from them since. Well now we finally have some news on one of their more surprising upcoming projects; Suicide Squad, specifically in regards to which actors will be headlining the film.

Variety initially revealed the confirm cast for the film, which has since been verified by WB President Greg Silverman as well. The report reveals that the film will star the long rumored Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as our next Joker, alongside Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street)as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys)  as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne (Pan) as Enchantress, and Will Smith (I Am Legend) as Deadshot. Will a majority of those actors had been rumored to have some part in the film already, their exact roles were still a mystery until this point. The only two cast members whose roles we already knew about were that of Leto and Robbie, who were said to be in final talks for the project a few weeks ago.
Hardy, Smith, and Courtney all had their names attached to the lead role of Deadshot at one point or another (Along with Ryan Gosling and Jon Bernthal), but in the end Smith ended up taking the cake. Previous reports had suggested that Courtney would play Deadshot, while Smith would play Boomerang, but the official casting seems to make more sense considering both the character of Boomerang and Courtney are Australian. The star power of Smith will certainly be a major marketing tool for the Warner Bros. going forward with the project, especially if the character of Deadshot is portrayed as the leader or primary protagonist of the film.
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The rising star power of the likes of actors like Tom Hardy will also serve as a major selling point for some of the film's lesser known characters, although it'll be a bit odd for fans to adjust to seeing him in yet another DC role such a short time after his turn as Bane in TDKR. Courtney, Robbie, and Delevingne won't have as much pressure on them considering this is the first time any of their characters make an appearance on the big screen, but it'll be interesting to see how they hold their own alongside their fellow more experienced actors. Leto is of course carrying the most baggage though, with the challenge of following Heath Ledger's iconic take on the Joker less than a decade after The Dark Knight. Leto has a very impressive resume at this point in his career, including an Oscar win last year, so if there's anyone who can do the Joker justice, it would be him.
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Now having said that, many fans are still confused about how Joker will tie into the overall story of the film. While it's been suggested that he may be a member of the team, the Joker is definitely not the type of character who'd be a team player working for the greater good, which may suggest he could be the film's villain. So far the possible inclusion of Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor has started speculation that he could fall at either end of the spectrum as well (Antagonist or member of the team) but most of the argument that can be made for why Joker wouldn't get involved can be made for Luthor as well. Aside from that speculation, the only antagonist so far said to be in the film is Amanda Waller, with WB eyeing the likes of Viola Davis (Ender's Game), Octavia Spencer (The Help), and Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) for the part.
So how do you feel about the cast WB has put together for Suicide Squad? Are you more interested in the film now given this announcement? Which actress would you like to see portray Amanda Waller? Let us know below!