With production on Warner Bros.’ big screen villain team-up Suicide Squad finally rolling, it may be the quiet before the storm of set photos, leaked cameos, and all the extra twists that come with superhero movie-making. Director David Ayer (Fury) has helped to personally kick things off, releasing the very first cast photo of the assembled talent.
Beyond the expected faces – Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney – and the notable absences – specifically Jared Leto’s Joker – the photo also reveals a handful of previously-unannounced additions to the cast. That would be enough to send fans off speculating over which DC Comics characters they may be playing, but new rumors claim fans are looking at the newest versions of two Batman villains.
Before we get into the rumors and theories, have a look at the cast photo below. Although some confirmed members of the film’s cast aren’t present for the first read-through of the script (including a potential Steve Trevor and even King Shark), the implication is that those in the photo will make up a large portion of the core cast:
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Pictured above, from L-R, is Ayer, Joel Kinnaman (playing Rick Flag), Will Smith (Deadshot), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo), Karen Fukuhara (Plastique), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress).
On the end are the three surprise members of the cast: Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers), Jim Parrack (True Blood) and Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project). Taking a stab at which characters these actors are definitively playing is difficult, since their presence in the film has been a complete secret to this point. Yet the potential roles not rumored to have an actor in mind helps narrow things down.
Not long after the photo was released, industry sleuth El Mayimbe helped connect the dots, offering some possible characters for the actors in question:
- Jim Parrack landed the part of Deathstroke, despite his True Blood co-star Joe Manganiello being heavily rumored for the role. At 6’4″ Parrack would have been an obvious choice for a physically-imposing figure, but a part as DC’s deadliest mercenary is certainly his most high-profile to date.
- Ike Barinholtz, known for comedic roles, is rumored to be playing Dr. Hugo Strange. Previous rumors suggested Strange would be working as a psychiatrist (of sorts) for the more eccentric members of Amanda Waller’s Task Force X. Primarily that role would deal with both Harley Quinn and Joker – and given the rumored cause for their distanced relationship, Strange could be worked into Batman‘s movie realm in the future.
- Adam Beach is rumored to be playing Ravan, a comic book villain tied to The Onslaught – the Squad’s regular opposition in the comics (and film). Though not as well known as other villains, adding one more name and face to the roster is always welcome.
We’ll keep you posted as more information (or rumors) arrive, but for now, what do you think of these new additions to the cast? Are you disappointed to hear Manganiello may be out as Deathstroke, or are you excited to see what this ensemble has to offer? Sound off in the comments.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.