Taika Waititi In Talks For Role In James Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad’:
Deadline now hears that the Thor: Ragnarok, and Thor: Love and Thunder
filmmaker is in talks for a role in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad at
Warner Bros. No word on what part, or how big.
Word is that there’s a
table reading for the DC sequel on Sept. 11 with production starting
Sept. 23 for a Aug. 6, 2021 release.
Waititi would join a growing cast that includes Margot Robbie
(Harley Quinn), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jai Courtney (Captain
Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) as well as new castmembers Idris
Elba, David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher),
Flula Borg, Steve Agee (King Shark) and Nathan Fillion.
Michael Rooker in Talks to Play King Shark in ‘The Suicide Squad’:
“Guardians of the Galaxy” alum Michael Rooker is in talks to play King Shark in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively told TheWrap.
Created by Karl Kesel in 1994, the supervillain King Shark is a humanoid shark and the son of Chondrakha, the God of all Sharks. Introduced as a Superboy villain, King Shark has been a member of the Secret Six, the Secret Society of Super-Villains and the Suicide Squad.
‘The Suicide Squad’: Deadshot Removed From Sequel as Idris Elba Moves to New Character (EXCLUSIVE):
Though the next installment in the “Suicide Squad” franchise is moving full-steam ahead with the addition of Idris Elba to the team, the movie will now move forward without one of its main characters.
Though it was previously reported that Elba would be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the new pic, sources now tell Variety that all parties including director James Gunn have decided to move on from the Deadshot character, with Elba playing a new character in “The Suicide Squad.”
It is unknown what character Elba would now be playing, but after taking the last few weeks to discuss, everyone involved felt this was the right move. The team also did not want to feel as if it was disrespecting Smith, who helped bring this character to life for the first time, by replacing him with Elba. While many believe chances are still slim for a future return, the decision keeps the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films, since his original reason for leaving had to do with scheduling and not creative differences.
Viola Davis to Return as Amanda Waller in ‘The Suicide Squad’:
Viola Davis will return as Amanda Waller in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad,” an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively told TheWrap.
Davis previously told Nerd Report that she is “fascinated by the character.”
Waller is described as “a former congressional aide and government agent who is often placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former super villains working in return for amnesty.”
Harley Quinn will appear in THE SUICIDE SQUAD after all; production expected to start this year:
“I have learned from sources close to production that in fact, the information about Harley Quinn being absent from the new Suicide Squad movie is no longer up to date – she is indeed expected to appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which is expected to begin production later this year.” – Mark Hughes, FORBES.
Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN Gets June 2021 Release Date:
Ben Affleck will not be returning to play the Caped Crusader, which had been expected for some time, as Reeves will be handpicking the next Bruce Wayne.
Sources tell Variety that studio execs have been very happy with early versions of Reeves’ draft and that he had been spending the past couple of months giving a final polish before he began meeting actors for the part.
No details have been revealed, including how old Bruce Wayne will be in the movie. Some believe Reeves wants someone younger, in their mid-20s, while others believe the studio wants someone a little older to play the part. Most insiders stress, however, that until the director begins meetings, no final decision will be made on that front.