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Back in January it was reported that Ben Affleck’s Batman could make an appearance in Suicide Squad to set up a future solo movie, and now El Mayimbe of Latino-Review has posted a few more rumours regarding The Dark Knight’s involvement with Warner’s upcoming DC supervillain ensemble.
The report claims that, “In the film Batman is some sort of big boogeyman that the government Really hates. Get this, prior to the events in Batman v Superman, The Joker is the only one to really ever meet him or know him and that’s why he’s so important to Amanda Waller. They have footage of Batman in action which they watch. There is a bit of dialogue where they say Batman is the key to tracking down all ‘the supers.’ Very cool stuff.”
Sounds plausible, and it seems to make sense that with the likes of The »
- Gary Collinson
Another Suicide Squad rumour to add the list of ones we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. We’ve heard that Onslaught and Antiphon will be the main villains and that Deathstroke will be their muscle for hire. Well, here’s the new one.
According to the ‘ever-reliable’ El Mayimbe from Latino-Review, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad will feature Batman villain Dr. Hugo Strange as a psychiatrist at the prison that is holding The Joker. The rumour is that Strange will play a major role in the movie and will have several scenes with Harley Quinn and The Joker. Should this be the case, it may give us some clues as to the sort of stories we’ll get when it comes to Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie.
Dr. Hugo Strange first appeared in Detective Comics #36 in 1940 as a genius scientist, but was changed to more of a Dr. »
- Luke Owen
Latino-Review are claiming that Joe Manganiello (True Blood) is in line to take on the role of Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke and will play a major role in the movie. This should come as no surprise as Deathstroke has been rumoured to be a part of Suicide Squad for some time now with Jason Clarke (Terminator: Genisys) reportedly being offered the role (but turning it down for scheduling reasons) and Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) also auditioning before he was given the role of Rick Flagg.
The site is also reporting that Deathstroke will act as a ‘gun for hire’ for the bad guys, and will use his blades and guns to take down the entire squad. »
- Luke Owen
Mythology Entertainment has inked a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Under the pact with 20th and Fox 21, the production company will develop and produce broadcast, cable and digital scripted series wit the studios.
“We are thrilled to have a home at Fox for Mythology’s television business, which we look forward to building under Julia Gunn’s leadership along with our new partners at 20th and Fox 21,” Fischer and Vanderbilt said .
Of the inhouse expansion, the duo said: “We are also excited to welcome the incomparable Tracey Nyberg »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad film is chalk full of villains, who will headline the film as the core group of super criminals-turned-mercenaries. However, even the likes of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag, and Enchantress need someone to go up against. According to Latino-Review, that enemy may have been found.
The site reports that Antiphon, a character who first appeared in the pages of Suicide Squad in 2002, will be the main baddie for the film, and will lead a “badass terrorist cell” called Onslaught. In the comics, Onslaught is a team of international superpowered terrorists-for-hire. The team is usually made up of lesser-known villains like Djinn, a man who has been reduced to binary code, a speedster named Jaculi, an assassin named Rivan and a genetically altered monster in lion armor called Manticore. Whether any of them will show up on screen remains to be seen.
Latino-Review describes »
- James Garcia
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Jai Courtney (Insurgent) about his upcoming role as Captain Boomerang in Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad – where he described the movie as “dark”, “cool” and “dope” – and now his soon-to-be co-star Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) has shared a few comments about the DC supervillain ensemble, which will see him leading the Squad as Rick Flagg.
“I love the script,” Kinnaman tells Screen Rant. “It’s super entertaining and David Ayer is a really interesting director. You know there’s a lot of flashy directors who are good with the camera, but when you get people who are from another aspect of filmmaking into a director’s role, you’re always very happy if it’s a writer or an editor, because those are the storytellers, and David is really a storyteller… Even though this is a massive superhero production it’s an amazing story.” He continued, »
- Gary Collinson
After giving R&B pop superstar Rihanna a pivotal role in his ridiculous action flick Battleship, director Peter Berg will turn the camera on her real life. Deadline reports the Lone Survivor and Hancock directing is launching a new production company called Film 45 with a specialty in non-scripted programming for television and film, and one of the first projects will be a theatrical feature documentary about Rihanna. Berg will direct the film himself and it's described as a contemporary version of the 1967 Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back as the filmmaker intends to dig deep into Rihanna's life and her rise to fame. Berg says this will be "much more a character study than a music film," so while there will certainly be some concert footage, it sounds like this will be more about life as a currently successful pop star than anything. Berg has dabbled in documentary work »
- Ethan Anderton
Talking to MTV, Jai Courtney (Insurgent, Die Hard 5) has called his upcoming DC movie Suicide Squad “dark”, “cool” and “dope”. He plays Australian super(-ish) villain Captain Boomerang and has promised the film “won’t be a comic book movie we’ve seen before.”
He also told an anecdote about the weeks before he was cast:
“David Ayer was really the major point of attraction for me, with this. It’s funny, Shia Labeouf and I were on a road trip to New Orleans to work on a film we did together called Man Down. And we were talking about David because [Shia] had just done Fury. We were talking about that experience and I was fascinated by what he put the guys through in order to get ready for that. It sounded amazing.”
He then reveals he told Shia he would never do a comic book movie because he »
- Oli Davis
Just a few days ago Jared Leto arrived in Toronto to have his hair cut off for the role of The Joker in the upcoming DC movie Suicide Squad and now director David Ayer has now tweeted a photo of Cara Delevingne inspecting the set of the supervillain ensemble…
Delevingne – who is set to play The Enchantress – then responded to Ayer, saying:
@DavidAyerMovies this movie is going to blow people’s brains out! Literally! #SuicideSquad
Suicide Squad is set for release on August 5th 2016, and features a cast that includes Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flagg, Will Smith (Hancock) as Deadshot, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker and Viola Davis (How to get Away with Murder) as Amanda Waller. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Jesse Eisenberg is also expected »
- Thomas Roach
Jared Leto flew out to Toronto last week to begin pre-production for his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad which begins shooting in April. Director David Ayer recently tweeted an image of Leto cutting off his long hair and now the Oscar winner has shared a picture of himself with the new haircut, dyed blond…
But fear not – it doesn’t look like we’re in for a new take on the Clown Prince of Crime, as it looks like the blond do is merely to make things easier for the green dye…
Update: And it looks like we could be building to the reveal of the Joker…
Suicide Squad is being directed by David Ayer (Fury) and is set for release on August 5th 2016. with a cast that includes Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flagg, Will Smith (Hancock) as Deadshot, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Margot Robbie »
- Thomas Roach
It was rumoured for a while, but confirmed by the woman herself, that Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) would be portraying Amanda Waller in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. While we wait to see what Mr. Ayer has in store with his announcement today, Viola Davis has been talking about taking on the movie.
“As a comic book and Wonder Woman fan, I love the whole DC Comics universe,” Davis told The Hollywood Reporter. “I traded comic books as a kid so all of that appeals to me. When you dream about being an actor as a kid, that’s what you dream about. That’s like play acting: being the superhero, getting the gun; it plays into that fantasy.”
“How to Get Away with Murder changed my exposure,” Davis added. “I don’t know if it changed the quality of roles as much as it changed the exposure. »
- Luke Owen
The crew have all assembled in Toronto for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as production is set to begin. Ayer has been tweeting out some of the set photos (which you can check out below) and also had some words about his new vision for The Joker.
When a fan asked him to describe Jared Leto’s Joker in one word, he said he would be, “majestic”. This is off the back of Leto himself calling the Clown Prince of Crime as “a beautiful disaster”.
Check out the tweets below:
Testing new iPad controlled lights. Old school light on left. #skwad pic.twitter.com/s0oUj5uP5w
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) February 25, 2015
“@pottertardis: @DavidAyerMovies could you please describe jared letos’s joker in one word ?” Majestic #skwad
In other Suicide Squad news, »
- Luke Owen
'Focus' movie: Will Smith has third weakest weekend box-office debut of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend, February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago Warner Bros.' modestly budgeted Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden halt to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, $50 million – after »
- Zac Gille
Will Smith and Margot Robbie headline the new con artist flick Focus that is widely expected to win this weekend's weak box office race, even without the head start the film received at late Thursday night showings last night.
Warner Bros. is reporting that Focus pulled in $900,000 from Thursday showings. The R-rated film and departure for Smith from his typical flashy blockbuster fare is tracking to wrap up the weekend somewhere in the range of $20 million. That should top the past two weekends' reigning box office champ, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Robbie is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood after a splashy debut in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Her next role as villainous and obnoxious Harley Quinn in Warner's DC Comics-based Suicide Squad will make her even more desirable for producers to snatch up for high profile roles.
Smith's last »
With production on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad set to begin in April, we will be hearing a lot from the cast members involved over the next few months. We’ve heard from Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) on several occasions over the past couple of weeks while she is on the promotional tour for Focus (read our review here) and we’ve now got some more insights from her on the role.
“I actually got offered this one, I didn’t audition, which is a real step up as an actor when you can get offered things,” she told MTV News before adding that she, “didn’t have to do chemistry reads or anything like that.”
Robbie, who is signed on to play Harley Quinn for the next ten years, was also asked about the tone of the movie.
“I think on a scale of like, The Dark Knight »
- Luke Owen
Early tracking suggests that reports of the “Men in Black’s” star’s demise as a bankable leading man appear to be premature. The Warner Bros. film should open to $21 million when it debuts in 3,323 locations, capturing the top spot in what is shaping up to be an otherwise lackluster week at the box office.
“Focus” cost $50.1 million to produce and is leaning heavily on Smith’s charisma in its television spots and posters. At 46, the actor is definitely at a career crossroads, but his recent rap as a faltering box office draw is unearned.
Yes, “After Earth” bombed with $60.5 million domestic on a $130 million budget, but it did do $183.3 million overseas, where Smith remains popular. Take that out of »
- Brent Lang
Since the cast was announced for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, it was presumed by everyone (based on the current movie business landscape) that Margot Robbie would be signed to a multi-picture deal to play Harley Quinn.
“Yeah, that’s daunting”, she said to Az Central about playing the same role for the foresable future. “You don’t need to have commitment issues to be frightened by the fact that you might have just signed 10 years of your life away”.
This isn’t an uncommon response. Chris Evans said the same thing when he signed up for Captain America back in 2010, saying the decision to sign a multi-picture deal could backfire on him (it clearly hasn’t).
“With [Harley Quinn], it’s a character I don’t think would ever get boring. Ever,” Robbie added. “So if they did Suicide Squad one, two and three I would be over the moon about »
- Luke Owen
Next August, Jared Leto is set to join Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger in playing the iconic villain role of The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. In an interview with Billboard, the 30 Seconds to Mars star and Oscar winner talked about gaining weight in preparation for the role.
“Do you mind if I eat a little?” Leto asked during the interview before diving into his vegan tacos. “I’m trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours and I’m terrible at eating a lot.”
Hardly the fattiest of foods on the market, but what attracted Leto to the role in the first place?
“The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character – that’s what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right?” Leto says. “[He’s] this beautiful disaster of a character. What a big challenge.”
- Luke Owen
As it gears up for its Spring shoot, Warner Bros.’ DC supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad has added another actor to its cast, with The Wrap reporting that Jay Hernandez (Friday Night Lights, Hostel) has signed on for a mystery role, which may possibly be The Joker’s cellmate.
According to Latino-Review, Hernandez will play “Chato Santana aka El Diablo. It is a small role, no more than a cameo in the film. He is a prisoner being held in the super powered criminal part of the prison with (rumored) Killer Frost, Block Buster, King Shark, & Live Wire amongst others.”
Hernandez joins a cast that includes Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flagg, Will Smith (Hancock) as Deadshot, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker and Viola Davis (How to get Away with Murder) as Amanda Waller. »
- Gary Collinson
The 2013 M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi film starred both Will and his son Jaden Smith, and was one of the actor's box office bombs, grossing only $243 million globally ($27 million on opening weekend) on a $130 million production budget. When you compare this to his other films -- Hancock made $624 million while Hitch made $368 million-- it's easy to see why Smith saw this as a "failure."
News: The 11 Weirdest Things Willow and Jaden Smith Told 'The NY Times'
He even tells Esquire magazine that the negative reviews of After Earth were more of a blow for him than Wild Wild West, which made a meager $57 million on a reported $170 million budget. At least After Earth made a $113 million profit!
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