[Potential MILD SPOILERS for Suicide Squad ahead.]
Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may be the first time DC and Warner Bros. are putting live-action versions of Batman and Superman on the big screen at the same time, but the highly anticipated movie isn’t overshadowing WB and DC’s other 2016 movie: David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Thanks to a flood of set photos and officially released pictures of the movie’s characters – which includes Jared Leto’s Joker, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot, and many more – Suicide Squad has been receiving a ton of attention and it has fans speculating about its villains and story.
Suicide Squad has a large number of characters involved – it is giving moviegoers their first look at another part of the DC Cinematic Universe, after all – but there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding some roles and how other characters will be incorporated. The most notable mystery surrounds the character Common is playing. Leaked set photos have shown the actor covered in tattoos without explanation, but it looks like his role may have finally been revealed.
According to Heroic Hollywood, Common is playing Abel Tarrant, a.k.a. Tattooed Man. In the comics, there are three individuals who took the name Tattooed Man, and Abel was the first one. He made his debut as a Green Lantern villain and he has the ability to turn the tattoos on his body into physical objects – they’re made of a certain chemical he can control. Mark Richards, the latest version of Tattooed Man who’s also a former marine, is who many speculate Common was playing.
It’s also been speculated that Common could be playing Bronze Tiger, given the design of his jacket and necklace, or even Doctor Mist because of the forehead tattoo. If Heroic Hollywood is right, though, then Common’s version of Tattooed Man is based on a former sailor who turned to a life of crime.
Many have been hoping Common has landed the role of Bronze Tiger or Black Manta – both villains have experience on the Suicide Squad – but making him Tattooed Man has potential. It’s surprising that the Suicide Squad filmmakers are possibly going with the original, Abel Tarrant, and not the more layered character, Mark Richards, but the movie is by no means limited to just the source material. Besides, a straightforward criminal with the ability to animate his various tattoos and use them as attacks has the potential for some cool spectacle. Keep in mind, this is still just a rumor, so it’s entirely possible Common could turn out to be Richards, Bronze Tiger, Doctor Mist, or someone else.
Meanwhile, Hollywood Heroic has another big rumor: the identity of Scott Eastwood’s character. His role has been uncertain, but the site is claiming he’s going to be fan-favorite character Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke. It was originally speculated Eastwood was Steve Trevor – Wonder Woman’s love interest. However, it’s looking more and more like Chris Pine may become Steve Trevor.
According to the Heroic Hollywood report, the site’s source on the set saw the name tag on Eastwood’s costume and it had Deathstroke’s last name, Wilson, and the initial of his first name, “S” for Slade. If true, this would mean Deathstroke isn’t already established in the DC Cinematic Universe, and Suicide Squad could tease his future as the deadly, one-eyed mercenary. He’d need to undergo an experiment – something not far-fetched considering this world has a Kryptonian, Atlantean, and a Demi-God -to gain Deathstroke’s enhanced physicals, boosted intelligence, and healing factor.
While many fans would love to see Deathstroke already existing in the DC Cinematic Universe, building-up to his creation could have a big amount of payoff (assuming this rumor is accurate, of course). Good things are worth waiting for, after all.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern on June 19, 2020.
Source: Heroic Hollywood