Warner Bros. live-action adaptation of DC Comics' Suicide Squad is picking up steam casting-wise and no one's been more on top of breaking news than Latino Review. They've first heard about many of the casting choices and thus far have come through. Still, we have to be responsible and preface this post by saying everything is speculation and rumor until verified. We feel pretty good about the following information though.
Whatever you may think of LR's top scooper, Umberto Gonzalez aka El Mayimbe, there isn't anyone working harder to get the latest bits of inside intel on the latest comic book movies than him. Case in point: Suicide Squad has been of particular interest this week alone as he's posted some great tidbits on the film.
Just last month he uncovered that Joel Kinnaman was in the running to play Rick Flagg and likely to land it. Recently the trades and Kinnaman confirmed his addition to the star-studded film directed by David Ayer. Viola Davis' casting as Amanda Waller was also first reported by LR and later confirmed.
The internet can be a cruel beast and movie scoopers never bat a thousand so it can be easy to forget the calls that came to be true. Latino Review still bats at a pretty high average so we have to give credit where credit is due.
That's why we can have more faith in El Mayimbe's streak of Squad posts on Instagram this week. They cover the villainous organization that Task Force X will go against, the addition of Deathstroke and who's likely to play him and what tone the movie is taking in regards to Jared Leto's Joker. Plus the possibility of Hugo Strange being included.
Meet the head bad guy in #SUICIDESQUAD - #ANTIPHON who leads a badass terrorist cell called #ONSLAUGHT which is up against #DEADSHOT & the rest of the Suicide Squad. Onslaught are hunting super heroes & villains for their own agenda. They're like a special ops team made up of mercenaries. Antiphon is a burn victim & has a prosthetic leg. Ed Harris was rumored for the role. Once Antiphon is officially cast will let you guys know. Tune in tomorrow & Friday for more cool stuff from the upcoming #DC #film which is shaping up to be really dope! #dccu #dccomics #cinematic #universe
#DEATHSTROKE IN #SUICIDESQUAD! Deathstroke works with/for #ONSLAUGHT & does their dirty work. He's a hired assassin and he doesn't have any powers like in the comic book. They're going for a pre-super villain Deathstroke. He's a huge part of both of the major set pieces of the film. His introduction is INSANE! He's badass & almost takes the team down on one mission single handed. Deathstroke has THE breakout & choicest role in the film. The running gun battle that sources are describing is something else. His suit is very stealth oriented. They used an actual US military tactical outfit for the basis. He's armed to the teeth, uses a sword and automatics. In concept artwork he has two eyes. The mask is there and it's the iconic one. Rumor about Jason Clarke still in play is not true because he originally got offered Deathstroke months ago but has a scheduling conflict with Marc Foster's' 'All I See Is You.' Joel Kinnaman originally tested for the role as well but got Rick Flagg instead. Joe Manganiello has a scheduling conflict with Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens' BUT HE JUST DROPPED OUT! What does that mean? Deathstroke is 'probably' his. 😊 Tune in tomorrow for more scoopage!
Today's #SUICIDESQUAD FIRE is all about Jared Leto's THE JOKER! So what I'm being told, Leto's Joker is most definitely based on THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS version. He's lean & scarred but his suit does have broad shoulders. Joker works out in his cell like an inmate when he is interrogated by Amanda Waller. He's doing hand stand push ups so it makes sense that Jared Leto said he is putting on weight. He's definitely not skinny, but in fact more muscular. He has bleached skin not make up. #SPOILER - He's killed one of Batman's sidekicks, there is a lot of references to his past crimes. He kills a lot of people. HUGE #RUMOR - I'm also told The Joker has a lot of scenes with HUGO STRANGE! He's the psychiatrist at the prison & seems to be a part of the story yet I heard nothing of casting or mention of a single casting choice. Hugo Strange has quite a few interactions with the Joker & Harley Quinn. It's not the regular security. It's internal one on one thing. #THEJOKER #THEDARKKNIGHTRETURNS #JAREDLETO #HUGOSTRANGE #AMANDAWALLER #HARLEYQUINN #DC #DCCU #DCCOMICS #SCOOP #FIRE #BOOM
If this stuff doesn't get you excited for this film you may not have a pulse. A terrorist organization, Joe Manganiello possibly as Deathstroke, Hugo Strange appearance and the Joker from TDKR? Are you kidding me? Suicide Squad is shaping up to be the baddest set of anti-heroes and villains in all of fandom. All in the hands of a gritty action filmmaker. What more could you ask for?
Could it still suck? Or course it could but it appears that Warner Bros. is casting the best actors available to make this film as the director coined "the Dirty Dozen of villains," into a blockbuster hit. With details like this it could be the hard-boiled action thriller DC Comics fans have been waiting for.
Suicide Squad opens on August 5, 2016.