Director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad will expand Warner Bros. and DC’s inter-connected movie universe after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – and it has quickly become one of the most anticipated releases of the studio’s long-term release schedule. Beyond the movie’s main draw as an exploration of the super-villain population of this new cinematic narrative continuity, the sheer number of bad guys and antiheroes set to be introduced just keeps growing.
Jared Leto’s Joker has taken center stage of late, but Suicide Squad‘s running time will be dominated by the likes of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), and possibly Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke.
The rumors just keep on coming, and almost exclusively from Latino Review‘s El Mayimbe these days: from the possible appearance of monomaniacal psychiatrist Doctor Hugo Strange to details on Ben Affleck’s expected Batman cameo. His latest rumor hints at yet another villain appearance, and a relatively obscure one at that.
According to El Mayimbe, the DC villain known as the Thinker could show up in some capacity in Suicide Squad, and may possibly be played by Jackie Earle Haley (Robocop). There is no confirmation for any of this, so take it with a lot of salt… but given the Belle Reve Prison and/or Arkham Asylum setting for Suicide Squad (and a cast of characters populated by dangerous crazies), stacking this new cinematic universe with potential antagonists down the line makes sense.
One question is which version of the Thinker Haley might be playing. Not to be confused with Marvel’s Mad Thinker, the mantle of Thinker has been taken on by a few different criminals over the years. The first appeared in the 1930s and faced off against the Flash using a “Thinking Cap” which gave the user(s) various ever-evolving powers. More than one incarnation of the Thinker went on to join the Suicide Squad in the comic books, facing off against heroes like Firestorm and Batman.
As for Jackie Earle Haley, he was most recently seen in the 2014 remake/reboot of Robocop, but comic book fans will recognize him for his standout role as Walter Kovacs/Rorschach in Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder’s Watchmen comic book adaptation. Haley has flirted with a potential franchise before as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street
misfire remake, but with the Thinker firmly down toward the C or D-list DC villains, could this be a long term opportunity or more of a glorified cameo?
What do you think, Screen Ranters? Would Haley fit into the new DCMU? Sound off in the comments.
Suicide Squad will be released on August 5, 2016.
Source: El Mayimbe