James Gunn's is crossing over from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the DC Extended Universe as the director The Suicide Squad, and he's bringing a few Marvel actors with him. As the film makes its way through pre-production and new and the slate of characters are revealed, with a number of familiar faces attached. some of those faces are familiar because they're reprising their role from the original Suicide Squad, but others are familiar because of their roles in the MCU, particularly James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
The Suicide Squad cast members reprising their roles for Gunn's film include Margot Robbie, who will return as Harley Quinn after playing her in Bird of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn); Jai Courtney, who is back as Captain Boomerang; Joel Kinnaman will be present and accounted for as Rick Flagg; and last but not least, Viola Davis will be back as Amanda Waller. The newcomers to The Suicide Squad, which is deceptively billed as a reboot given the way it continues the cast from the last movie, are an interesting bunch.
Confirmed newbies are Idris Elba, David Dastmalchian, John Cena in an unnamed role, and model Daniela Melchior, who will play the gender-flipped role of Ratcatcher. It was initially reported one of Gunn's go-to actors, Michael Rooker, would be playing King Shark but Rooker quickly hopped onto Instagram to deny that casting news.
There are still some roles to cast, but there's already a healthy number of MCU actors confirmed for the movie. Let's take a look at which MCU stars will be showing up in The Suicide Squad and which actors may show up.
Like Gunn, Idris Elba has been a part of the MCU for years now, but Elba's path has never crossed with Gunn's during their respective journeys in the MCU. Elba is known in the MCU for playing Heimdall in all three of the Thor solo films (Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok). Elba is also no stranger to other kinds of big genre films, having appeared in the past in films like The Dark Tower, Star Trek Beyond, and Pacific Rim.
Elba's experiences in sci-fi and fantasy film, as well as his specific experience in the world of comic book adaptations, like contributed to his casting in The Suicide Squad. News of Elba joining Gunn's Suicide Squad crew broke in March 2019. It was reported at the time Elba would be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot but that quickly changed and it was confirmed shortly thereafter Elba would be playing a new character. Rumor has it he could play Bronze Tiger, but there's been no confirmation yet on who Elba is playing now but hopefully news will be coming out soon.
In April, actor David Dastmalchian was cast in The Suicide Squad. Dastmalchian will reportedly be playing Polka-Dot Man, a more colorful, camp DC Comics villain first introduced in 1962 and who has the ability to turns polka-dots into buzzsaws. Admittedly, Polka-Dot Man is more of a lower-tier Batman villain, making this news all the more interesting. Dastmalchian's character will be a new recruit to the Suicide Squad, so maybe the veteran team members can help turn Polka-Dot Man into a more rough, tough villain.
Dastmalchian is no stranger to the world of comic book movies, having most recently appeared in MCU films Ant-Man and Ant-Man & the Wasp as one of Scott Lang's literal partners-in-crime, Kurt. Dastmalchian has also racked up quite an interesting resume full of bit parts in popular genre films, appearing in hits like The Dark Knight, Blade Runner 2049, and Bird Box most recently.
Benicio del Toro
As of May 2019, Benicio del Toro has reportedly been considered for a role in The Suicide Squad, although no official casting confirmation has been handed down. Del Toro certainly made a memorable splash in Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy as the morally dubious Collector, especially wearing the heck out of a white wig as he lorded over the Guardians during his scenes.
Early news on del Toro's role is he's eyed for a villain role in The Suicide Squad. He could play a character called "The Mayor" who is described as "irascible old warrior who lives for war." Although there are plenty of mayors in the world of DC Comics, there's none specifically called The Mayor that feel easily identifiable with the Suicide Squad franchise or who could logically figure into the Suicide Squad world.
All things considered, The Suicide Squad has yet to declare who the film's villain will be. Del Toro certainly has the chops to play a more dastardly role, so keep an eye on him in connection with The Suicide Squad as time goes on.
Dave Bautista (Rumored)
Dave Bautista, who played Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, has expressed interest in joining The Suicide Squad but there's no word on whether he's actually joining the cast. The addition of Bautista feels like a solid fit considering he is now a longtime collaborator of Gunn's and understands the demands of comic book movie adaptations fairly well. Bautista also earned recognition for coming to Gunn's defense in the wake of his firing from Disney, even threatening to also walk from his MCU contract if the decision to fire Gunn stuck.
Thankfully, the MCU hasn't lost Bautista and it hasn't lost Gunn (he was rehired by Disney for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in March 2019). As such, fans can expect to see the fruits of their work together in the next Guardians film. However, Bautista wants to get in on Gunn's Suicide Squad as well and went so far as to tweet about it in October 2018. Re-posting an article with news of Gunn's hiring for the film, Bautista tweeted, "Where do I sign up?"
Despite his enthusiasm for Gunn's Task Force X movie, Bautista recently signed on for Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, and depending on how production timelines work out, he may have a scheduling conflict preventing him from appearing in both. However, with an anticipated July start to Army of the Dead and September 2019 start for The Suicide Squad, there's still a possibility he could do both.
Michael Rosenbaum (Rumored)
Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum has long been a friend of Gunn's and has worked with him previously on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Although he originally auditioned for the role of Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, Rosenbaum was passed over by Gunn for Chris Pratt. Luckily, Gunn found a place for his friends in the Guardians sequel, casting Rosenbaum in the small, wordless role of Martinex, a member of Stakar Ogord's Ravager crew who looks as if he has a crystallized head (see above).
Rosenbaum hasn't officially been cast in The Suicide Squad but he has already expressed interest in joining Gunn for his first DCEU film. In October 2018, Rosenbaum tweeted out a reply to Bautista's own tweet expressing interest in joining The Suicide Squad. To Bautista's sentiment, Rosenbaum tweeted, "Sign me up too." It's unclear if Rosenbaum is in talks or further consideration for any role in The Suicide Squad but it's easy to envision him in a bit role similar to the kind of role he had in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 release date:
- The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
- Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021