As I look upon the disgusting filth of villainy and meta human degenerates from the DC Comics Universe no group is more fulfilling of my devious needs then the Suicide Squad. Vile, brute and a just a “little” hint of crazy!
These former criminals and deviants turned antihero squad harness a destructive perspective on vigilante heroism. The Suicide Squad has a been a personal favorite since my childhood when I began collecting comic books.
I‘ll be forward, when I first saw the rundown for casting in relation to the DC release of Suicide Squad, I was slightly skeptical as far as delivery of some of the actors and actresses. I never jumped on the Leto bandwagon of hating on his ability to follow up voice actor Mark Hamill and the former live action portrayal by Jack Nicholson, however I wanted to wait for discernible information or footage to arise before casting my vote on whether the portrayal will be sound or not. Following the San Diego Comic Con 2015 release of the trailer for Suicide Squad, I now feel pretty solid of what’s been seen so far.
Each actor is touched on in the footage and Warner Bros. doesn’t necessarily feel too happy about the”leak” of the trailer despite mass fan acceptance. Let’s be real… Leto’s feature at the end was incredible and its obvious the actor is at least attempting to fulfill the proverbial shoes of the “Clown Prince of Crime” in this live action rendition. My nerdgasm came upon the focus toward Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Robbie really became the character on this one, seemingly matching Leto’s creepiness as The Joker. Of course, her “crazy, creepy, sexy” appeal is 110%.
Further casting includes Adam Beach (Slipknot), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Karen Fukuhara (Katana), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag – with ONE ‘g’), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Will Smith (Deadshot), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), and Jay Hernandez (El Diablo).
That being said… I am really excited for what the film is and other actors filling various roles. Jai Courtney is a cool guy in person and a great actor. I started tracking his career prior to Divergence but more so after that film’s release. He is a little straight lined as far as acting, meaning he has the same “underlying” personality present in every character. It was random for him to be cast as Boomerang but his short feature in the trailer was good and made me want to see more when the film comes out since the character’s background in the DC Universe is an interesting read for the publication fans out there. Courtney will be interesting to see as the character and hopefully he portray’s Boomerang as a the “actual” George Harkness of the DC Comics.
Another important aspect to casting is Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez cast as El Diablo, and Cara Delevigne as Enchantress are special additions to the Suicide Squad and to the plot line of the comic books. They differ in the sense that they are meta humans with ornate powers rather then skilled criminals like the rest of the Suicide Squad in the film. The characters in the books are also interesting to follow since all of them have important reasons behind not only their personal spot on the Suicide Squad, but also individually.
Joel Kinnaman is also a great actor. As an age old RoboCop fan I cannot help but have excitement to seehim fill the role of Rick Flag. Flag is an odd one in my opinion. There’s technically three of them since the original Rick Flag sacrifices himself in the original books and is followed by Rick Flag Jr. and Rick Flag III. These characters are of course different, but share many of the same qualities and are harshly reminiscent of the original Rick Flag Sr.. The character played by Hinnaman will be fun to see at the least looking back on his previous roles like The Killing and Child 44.
I won’t keep on the Will Smith part of this discussion too long due to an abundance of opinions on the matter already circulating the internet, but I think he is a wonderful actor with a variety of skill and should be a pretty okay version of Deadshot in this film. Although Smith has been said to play a large part in getting the role in the first place due to his notoriety as a big name actor. Basically every movie he has made has been successful, both from a commercial viability standpoint and the audience.
Actors aside, Suicide Squad has the potential to be a very good DC Universe film release. For one, it opens the avenue for sequels and spin off adaptations, as well as connections with Arrow and The Flash television series. Speaking of those series, they have each featured a form of the Suicide Squad themselves.
As more behind the scenes information and trailers get released for the film, we will post them here on Sci Fi Junkies and feed your DC Comics addiction. Until then Junkies, K.M. Franck… out!