Superheroes aren’t the only faction that’s assembling for the DC movie universe. Fury director David Ayer is preparing a Suicide Squad movie for Warner Bros. with a formidable collection of DC villains, including the Joker (Jared Leto), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney).
Courtney is still a bit of a newcomer, but so far his career has been oriented towards action roles. He’s currently co-starring in young adult sci-fi adaptation Insurgent and has had supporting roles in several major movies, including Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard and Angeline Jolie’s Oscar-nominated biopic Unbroken. We know that he’s been training for Suicide Squad for several months, thanks to a photo shared by Ayer earlier this year that showed Courtney working out while sporting George “Digger” Harkness’ trademark mutton chops.
“I’ve been training for three months in different martial arts,” Courtney told Variety at the Insurgent premiere this week. “As you can imagine for that superhero world, the athletic expectations are rather high.” The actor isn’t alone in being made to train hard for the supervillain team-up; Leto has also gone through a physical transformation by cutting and bleaching his hair, and gaining weight to play a more muscular version of the Joker.
The Suicide Squad is a team of supervillains who are recruited to carry out extremely dangerous black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. The group’s name is a reference to the fact that they are considered expendable due to their evil tendencies, and the team is led by director Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). Courtney was unwilling to part with any further plot details, saying only that he was “pumped” to be working with such a “great cast,” and that it would be “really fun” to finally get to use his native Australian accent again on screen.
Variety also spoke to Joel Kinnaman, who will play Suicide Squad member Rick Flagg, at the premiere for his new film Run All Night. While Kinnaman has been equally cagey about plot details, he did say that Suicide Squad is “going to be a huge action film, very visual, but grounded in the characters.”
Even superhero movies have a frequent tendency to market themselves based on their villains, so it makes sense that a supervillain team-up movie should focus on the strengths of its ensemble cast. Suicide Squad features a mix of characters that the mainstream audience will already be familiar with and those which many people have probably never heard of; Captain Boomerang probably falls into the latter category.
For more information on the character that Courtney will be playing, check out our detailed breakdown of everything you need to know about Captain Boomerang.
Suicide Squad will be in theaters on August 5, 2016.