Will Smith Set to Lead The “Suicide Squad” for Warner Bros.

reg_1024.willsmith10.mh.050712Rumors swirled for weeks that Warner Bros. was after some heavy-hitters for its upcoming DC release “Suicide Squad”, and apparently, they meant business. They announced last week that they had cast Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Jared Leto. The budget for this film must be outrageous.

If you aren’t familiar with the Suicide Squad, they are basically a group of imprisoned villains tasked with carrying out missions for the government to reduce their sentences. There is a rotating roster as different tasks are best suited for different players and villains escape from prison like the walls are made of swiss cheese, but there are some central characters:

Deadshot – Deadly assassin with impeccable marksman skills

Enchantress – Powerful sorceress

Captain Boomerang – Skilled with the use of boomerangs

Harley Quinn – Completely loony fighter and gymnast

Unsurprisingly, each of these characters has been cast in the film. Smith will be playing Deadshot, Cara Delevingne will be playing Enchantress, Jai Courtney will be playing Boomerang, and Margot Robbie will be playing Harley Quinn. In addition to those castings, Jared Leto will be playing the Joker and Tom Hardy will be playing Rick Flag. If nothing else, these high-profile castings show that the WB is serious about the potential of this movie. Seems each character will require nuance, unconventional of a flat-out action adventure flick.

Still, the most stalwart figure in the history of the Suicide Squad is its organizer and leader Amanda Waller. She is the mastermind of the program from the secret government organization Checkmate. In the comics, she is depicted as a completely no-nonsense black woman who is short on scruples but dedicated to her work to a fault. She’ll let nothing get in the way of saving the world, not even the loss of human lives. Rumored names being courted for that spot are Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Oprah Winfrey. Viola Davis would be the dream actress for the role as shown in her boss behavior every week on How to Get Away With Murder.

If that happens, this will be an affair not to be missed.

It has all of the makings of a classic comic book movie: big budget, big names, and source material chock full of explosions and gunfire. We’ll be patiently waiting to see if the film delivers on its promise.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.

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