For someone whose part in the movie has been unknown, there has been a lot of talk about Scott Eastwood and Suicide Squad. His addition to the cast was first announced over a year ago, in March of 2015. Ever since then, there has been plenty of speculation about what role he will be playing.
Theories have been all over the map, from a suggestion that he would be introduced as Steve Trevor as a lead-in to the solo Wonder Woman movie to the more recent rumor that he would play fan-favorite character (and inspiration for Deadpool) Deathstroke. Those hoping for a big role for the son of Clint Eastwood, though, may end up being disappointed, as new rumors suggest that he may be playing a more minor role in the DC Extended Universe.
CBR brings word from German film site Cinemaxx (no relation to the similarly-named premium cable channel) that Eastwood will be playing Lt. “GQ” Edwards, a soldier under the command of Task Force X’s Rick Flag but not actually a member of the task force himself. CBR also points out that Cinemaxx‘s info could very well be incorrect, seeing as how so far it appears to be the only source for that information. It could also be that the name is a red herring meant to obscure the plot twist that Eastwood will, in fact, be playing Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke.
If Eastwood’s role does end up being a minor one in the grand scheme of the DCEU, he wouldn’t be the first big-name actor to be given such a role by Warner Bros. Fans were disappointed to learn that actress Jena Malone’s role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was cut for the theatrical release, turned out to merely be a forensic scientist for S.T.A.R. Labs when she was added back into the 3-hour Ultimate Cut of the movie.
As with any unverified rumor, especially one coming via a translation of a foreign language website, the newest one about Eastwood’s role in Suicide Squad should be taken with a grain of salt. There is still hope that he may play a bigger role in the movie and in the larger DCEU. Not every character can turn out to be a major superhero or supervillain, though, so it may just be that Eastwood will be playing nothing more than a soldier caught in the middle.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.