Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jared Leto in talks to play The Joker in DC's 'Suicide Squad'

DC's Cinematic Universe is finally getting started up and they have a lot to prove at this point. Warner Bros. and DC had a lot of success with Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, but they struggled to find success with Green Lantern and even Man of Steel didn't live up to box office expectations. As DC attempted to salvage a cinematic universe, Marvel decided it was time to take over Hollywood with mega-hits like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. So with Marvel firmly in front in the comic book arms race, DC is ready to prove that they're a legit powerhouse. Nine films were announced a few weeks ago, and one of the most curious properties is Suicide Squad. The film, which focuses on supervillains, is being directed by David Ayer and will hit theaters on August 5, 2016. I'm interested in the film, but I don't think it's a good idea to have such an obscure property so early on during the construction of the cinematic universe. However, some very interesting steps have been taken by Warner Bros. already when it comes to Suicide Squad.

A few weeks ago, Collider reported that DC was targeting Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Tom Hardy, and Ryan Gosling for the film. Big name stars and very good actors, so I was initially impressed. But I knew that DC wasn't going to get all of those stars. I'm still certain that Tom Hardy will be going to play Apocalypse in the next X-Men film and now, according to The Wrap, Ryan Gosling has left the project as well. The Wrap reports that Smith, Hardy and Robbie are still in talks, but that Gosling has ended talks because of the studio's insistence on a multi-picture deal. That brings Jared Leto into the picture. According to The Wrap's source, the Dallas Buyers Club actor will be playing the role of the Joker in the film if the deal gets finalized.

Suicide Squad is becoming a more interesting project by the day and I'm excited at the casting of Jared Leto. I'm not overly excited that they're doing the Joker again (after Heath Ledger's nightmarish portrayal, where can you go?), but if anyone's going to do it, I'm glad it's an actor like Leto. The report from The Wrap mentioned other important details including that Jesse Eisenberg is also reprising his role as Lex Luthor in this film, which means that some of the biggest baddies in the DC universe will be in Suicide Squad. Also noted in the report is that Latino Review caught a scoop that Cara Delevingne could be playing Harley Quinn in the film, which could be interesting. All in all, I'm pumped for this movie and I'm hoping that David Ayer can deliver an awesome action flick. 


Image Credits: Comic Vine, DC Comics

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