The buzz for Suicide Squad has been growing since a first-look trailer for the dark superhero thriller debuted at San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks ago. DC is hoping that this movie will help launch its cinematic universe as an alternative to the one Marvel’s been building since 2008’s Iron Man. With stars like Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie front and center, the pressure is on for Suicide Squad to live up to lofty expectations.
One of the many actresses with a co-starring part in the ensemble film is Cara Delevingne, who’s in the midst of a press tour for her starring role in the movie adaptation of John Green’s novel Paper Towns, in theaters now. Along with her role in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, Delevingne has been increasingly present in the public eye and seems to have her eye on movie stardom, or at least a career beyond modeling. An important role in a superhero movie, especially a large-scale one like Suicide Squad, seems symbolic of the actress’ significant ambitions.
During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Delevingne revealed a bit of backstory about her audition for the film. She was one of the first people to audition for the movie, and she didn’t even know what it was when she went in, because the script hadn’t been finished yet. She read a monologue from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and hoped it would be enough for director David Ayer, who has a penchant for riling up actors during auditions.
“By the time I left, I literally wanted to kill someone. I was so angry. I said to [Ayer], ‘If I kill someone on the way home, you better bail me out of jail, because I’m furious.”
She’s playing the dual role of Enchantress, who she describes as a “mousy scientist” and a “crazy, feral witch.” She joked to Meyers that the role encapsulates both sides of her personality.
These brief teases build on previous speculation about what role Enchantress will play in Suicide Squad and in the larger DC universe that will unravel in the next couple years. The actress' previous comments and brief appearance in the trailer suggest that the character will be possessed in some way, perhaps by a demon lurking in a cavern as she was in the comics. Given that Delevingne will be playing a character described as "mousy," perhaps Ayer plans to play up the contrast between her personality pre- and post-possession.
Delevingne is not the first actress that comes to mind at the sound of the word "mousy," and it seems like this role will stretch her beyond what she's done in her previous film roles, to date. But it also sounds like Ayer cast her with the intention of drawing out emotions that she didn't realize she had, and the anger she references in this Meyers interview should make for an interesting contrast. It's still unclear to what extent Enchantress will factor into the formation of the Suicide Squad and the threats it will face under the guidance of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), but with violent anger lurking under the surface, it will be interesting to find out.
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 Corps – June 19th, 2020.