It seems that the fan belief that Suicide Squad - not Batman V Superman - would do much of the world-building for DC's shared movie universe has gotten a bit ahead of itself. Although both 2016 films will do a great deal to introduce the faces and forces likely to re-appear for years to come, Wonder Woman's love interest Steve Trevor isn't one of them.
The rumor that Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride) would be introduced as Steve Trevor in Suicide Squad, later to appear in the Amazonian princess' standalone film were shocking, to say the least. Shocking, and apparently, inaccurate. Scott Eastwood won't be playing the male lead in Wonder Woman, but two names previously on WB's radar have been revealed.
If it's not clear already, nearly every report surrounding Suicide Squad and DC's other films should be taken with a grain of salt for now. And to give Scott Eastwood some credit, it wasn't too surprising to see him confirm he had a role to play in the film, given his recent collaboration with director David Ayer on Fury. But when Latino-Review's El Mayimbe revealed that the role was that of Colonel Steve Trevor (long-time love of Wonder Woman) fan eyebrows soared.
It turns out outraged fans can rest easy, as TheWrap's Jeff Sneider clarified the circumstances of Eastwood's casting on Meet The Movie Press - and claims his own sources say the actor is not playing Trevor:
"Scott Eastwood is not playing Steve Trevor... basically, [he] had a choice: he could have a role in Suicide Squad - a smaller role - or he could test for the male lead in Wonder Woman alongside guys like Alexander Skarsgård and Liam Hemsworth. And he chose the Suicide Squad role. So we don't know what that role is. I'm told that he's signed on for three pictures, but it's not clear if Wonder Woman is actually one of them.
"Warner Bros. thinks he's going to be a big star, he's obviously the son of Clint Eastwood who has made them a lot of money... it seems like the role of Steve Trevor is still open, and they are not going back to those guys for testing now that they have a new director."
With those added details, it makes sense why Eastwood would choose to work with David Ayer once again (of whom he has spoken highly of in the past) in a small - but potentially recurring - role, instead of taking his chances at the "male lead" role in Wonder Woman. When the actor has emerged as a frontrunner to star in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, the lack of an actual script led him to turn it down; considering WW's script and director are in flux, it's easy to believe he would choose the sure thing.
It also seems that Warner Bros. was seeking two up-and-coming stars for the role of the film's male lead in Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games). But it's important to note that the role isn't explicitly stated to be that of Steve Trevor; given the new reports of a Braveheart-level action film being the former director's ambition, a place for Steve in such a fight seems a stretch.
Those who saw the animated Wonder Woman (2009) feature know that the classical god of war, Ares, plays a large part. It's pure speculation, but either role seems fitting for the two actors. Unfortunately, new director Patty Jenkins may be seeking an entirely different brand of actor, since she is rumored to be pursuing a character-driven story, not an action-packed one. And with Variety reporting that offers for Trevor tests have been sent out to four new actors, the mystical past of Diana may be on the back burner for now.
We'll keep you posted as more updates on the actors in the running for Wonder Woman, and just which character Scott Eastwood may be playing in Suicide Squad. But until then, be sure to share your predictions and hopes 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.