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[h=1]Jai Courtney Confirms He's Returning For James Gunn's Suicide Squad[/h]


Suicide Squad actor Jai Courtney has confirmed that his character, Captain Boomerang, will indeed be returning for James Gunn's upcoming sequel, The Suicide Squad. As the movie's title suggests, this will be as much a soft reboot as a sequel, focusing largely on a new group of villains as they're rounded up to reluctantly form a crime-fighting team.
Other returning characters include Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and the sharpshooter assassin Deadshot - though the latter won't be played by Will Smith this time around. Due to scheduling conflicts preventing Smith from taking part in the sequel, Idris Elba is in talks to replace him as the character. Other DC villains that are expected to feature in The Suicide Squad's team include King Shark, Peacemaker, Polka Dot Man, and Ratcatcher, and Gunn reportedly wants Guardians of the Galaxy actor Dave Bautista to play Peacemaker.



While it definitely looks like the team is getting a shake-up, one character who will be returning is Courtney's Captain Boomerang, a wily Australian thief with a talent for throwing sharpened boomerangs with deadly precision. Speaking oBusiness Insider, Courtney confirmed, "We're getting ready to shoot in a few months' time. There's not much else I can reveal about it but, yeah, you'll be seeing Boomerang back for sure."





Of course, we don't know in what capacity Captain Boomerang will be returning, and some fans have theorized that Gunn's movie will kill off members of the previous Suicide Squad en masse at the start of the movie, resulting in a need for new recruits. The team is so-called because the Suicide Squad are sent on extremely dangerous black ops missions, and since they're criminals they're considered expendable. In David Ayer's Suicide Squad, poor Slipknot had barely started the mission before he tried to pull off an escape attempt and ended up getting his head blown off by the bomb implanted in his neck. Incidentally, it was Captain Boomerang who convinced Slipknot to try and escape, as a test to see if the bombs were real.


Though he doesn't exactly have the most useful of skill sets, Captain Boomerang was a generally well-liked character in the first movie, owing to the fact that he mainly served as comic relief. He's definitely the kind of lovable misfit character that Gunn could have a lot of fun with. As the actor mentioned,The Suicide Squad is expected to
begin filming later this year, in September, so we can probably expect more casting news and character details to emerge soon.


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[h=1]James Gunn's Suicide Squad 2 Eyes John Cena For Unknown Role[/h]

John Cena appears to be joining James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. The former WWE star has been making the transition to Hollywood over the last several years, hoping to find the same level of success that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Dave Bautista have had. His first major role came in 2009's 12 Rounds, but it did not result in him becoming a major action star right away.
Instead of being pigeonholed into being the larger than life, indestructible hero, Cena has more recently found most of his success with more comedically inclined roles. He made small appearances in Amy Schumer's Trainwreck, both Daddy's Home movies, and the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters. He recently got the chance to star in Blockers and joined the franchise world with Bumblebee. These were both successful turns for him, and now he's using it to join a superhero franchise.



Variety is reporting that Cena is in talks to play an undisclosed role in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. He would be the second new cast member to join, after Idris Elba previously joined the project. This report further confirms that Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn, as will Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang.





This is not the first time that Gunn has brought a former WWE star aboard one of his superhero projects, as he notably gave Dave Bautista his breakout role as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. Bautista has used the popularity of that character to become one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, and if everything goes well, this unknown role in The Suicide Squad could be another launching point for Cena's acting career. Bautista and Cena could even share the screen here, as Bautista was previously reported to be in line to make an appearance of his own.


Even though this report does not add any details on his character, a
previously revealed lineup does at least give us a few realistic options. The one that may suit Cena the most is Peacemaker, but that is also the role thatBautista was rumored to be playing. Since that is not yet confirmed, Cena fits the same mold and is now reportedly in talks to join, while Bautista has most recently joined Zack Snyder's new movie and could make it difficult for him to also appear here. If it isn't Peacemaker, Cena could also potentially play King Shark. This role could require less from Cena if the giant shark is made with CGI, but Cena may also have the necessary build to try and do the character practically.

That all said, there is also the chance that Cena is playing a character who previously was not said to be in the movie. Gunn is still rewriting the script and is still making big changes, like
making Elba play a new character instead of taking over as Deadshot. Regardless of who he ends up playing, Cena's comedic and action ability make him a great fit for Gunn's usual style and gives The Suicide Squad another recognizable name to increase interest.

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[h=1]The Suicide Squad: Michael Rooker in Talks to Play King Shark[/h]

Frequent James Gunn collaborator Michael Rooker is in talks to join the cast of DCEU movie The Suicide Squad, playing imposing DC villain King Shark. It's an undisputed truth that nothing is bigger in the movie business right now than comic book movies. While Marvel Studios' MCU is the clear front runner in that regard, the DCEU has been no slouch at the box office either, despite mixed to negative reviews from critics for most of its entries. The seven DCEU movies to date have earned some 5.3 billion worldwide.
Considering the seemingly never-ending audience appetite for superhero and comic book fare, there's perhaps no filmmaker in a better current position than James Gunn. That's honestly a bit amusing, as last summer, Gunn found himself unemployed after a series of offensive tweets resurfaced, leading Disney to fire him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Now, less than a year later, Gunn is not only back at the helm of Guardians 3, but also set to become the first director - outside of Joss Whedon's Justice League reshoots - to get toplay in both of the lucrative MCU and DCEU sandboxes.


Gunn is both writing and directing The Suicide Squad, a 2021 sequel to David Ayer's 2016 film. With Gunn's introduction to the franchise comes a new vision for the property, and new characters along with it. According to a new report byThe Wrap, one of the new characters - King Shark - will likely be played by a close associate of Gunn's, as Michael Rooker is in talks for the role.







If Rooker signs on to play King Shark in The Suicide Squad - and it's hard to imagine why he wouldn't - it'll mark the actor's fifth feature film under the direction of Gunn. The two began their working relationship with Gunn's feature debut, 2006 horror movie Slither. Rooker returned for a role in Gunn's 2010 dark comedy Super, and of course played the blue-skinned antihero Yondu in Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy films. Of course, it's unlikely he'll return to play Yondu in Guardians 3, as the character sacrificed his life to save surrogate son Peter Quill in Guardians 2.


King Shark made his first DC Comics appearance in 1994, initially serving as a villain to Superboy. The Suicide Squad will mark King Shark's first live-action film appearance, although he was
originally planned to be part of Ayer'sSuicide Squad. His only live-action version to date came on The Flash TV show, with his shark form understandably being created with CGI, likely the route Gunn's film will have to end up as going as well, due to the complex look of the character. King Shark joins other new characters, such as Peacemaker and Polka-Dot Man.


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[h=1]James Gunn’s Suicide Squad 2 Reportedly Starts Filming In September[/h]


James Gunn's The Suicide Squad will reportedly begin filming this September in Atlanta. Over the last year, Marvel and DC's cinematic universes received major shakeups thanks to Gunn. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was set back when Disney fired Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and the project only recently recovered when he was rehired. But after Disney's initial decision, Warner Bros. and DC courted Gunn and found a sequel to Suicide Squad to be a perfect pairing. Even though he got his original superhero movie franchise back, Gunn is sticking with Suicide Squad 2 as well.
Since he joined the project, there have been plenty of updates on what it could be and who may star in it. One of the most confusing aspects is the insistence that The Suicide Squad is not a sequel while also sort of being a sequel since it will feature some of the same characters. Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is the biggest returnee and Gunn has also stacked the cast with newcomers, including Idris Elba. Plot details are still a secret, but new information could arrive soon.



According to The GWW, Gunn is planning to begin filming The Suicide Squadin Atlanta on September 23rd. A fall start to production has previously been reported, but this appears to be the scheduled start date. However, filming could begin before this date if there are any other locations that the production is going to visit. In any case, the site reports that production will wrap on January 31, 2020.




If cameras do start rolling at the end of September and finish at the end of January, Gunn will have four months to complete principal photography on The Suicide Squad. It is unlikely this will be the entire length of production though, as additional photography will take place at a later point in time. Regardless, this start date should give everyone a general understanding of when more information on the movie could come.



The oddest part of this schedule for The Suicide Squad, though, is how early the start is as compared to the film's release date. WB previously set the film for an August 2021 release, but it should be done well before that. Gunn has plenty of experience helming giant blockbusters through all of production and post-production in roughly a year. If he operates The Suicide Squad on a similar schedule, the movie will be ready to be released next fall.
In this case, WB could decide to move the movie up by a fair amount or possibly sit on the completed product for an extended time. If they do move it up, then fans will be even happier to get Gunn's The Suicide Squad sooner, while holding onto it could give him even more time to perfect it. But, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 also looming, Gunn could be pushing to complete work here in order to finish his Marvel trilogy promptly.


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[h=1]Nathan Fillion Joins James Gunn's The Suicide Squad in Mystery Role[/h]

Beloved actor Nathan Fillion has been cast in an unknown role in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. This news comes as little surprise to fans of both Fillion and Gunn, as the actor and filmmaker are known to be close friends, and Fillion has made a habit of appearing in cameo roles in Gunn's films ever since starring in Gunn's directorial debut, the 2006 horror film Slither.
Fillion has danced on the line between mainstream success and cult cinema stardom for most of his career. He can currently be seen in the lead role of ABC's police drama The Rookie, and previously spent eight seasons playing the lead role of novelist Richard Castle on Castle. Yet Fillion's heart seems to lie among the science-fiction and superhero roles which have made him a popular figure on the convention circuit, and he's still fondly remembered by many for his portrayal of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity.



Deadline reports that Fillion's role in The Suicide Squad is being kept under wraps. This suggests that his part will be more than a mere cameo, and may indeed be pivotal to the story, which Gunn is also keeping under lock and key. The only certainty is that Fillion is on Cloud 9 regarding the casting, being a well-known comic book fan who has been hoping to be cast in a MCU or DCEU film for some time.




Fillion almost made it into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a series of mock movie posters, which would have cast him in the role of actor-turned-superhero Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man. He lent his voice to an alien prisoner in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, but has yet to play a superhero in a blockbuster film. Fillion has, however, become the official voice of Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the DC Animated Movie Universe, and played a number of original superhero characters in other projects. Chief among these were his performances as Captain Hammer in Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and a cameo as The Holy Avenger (a parody of the character Bibleman) in James Gunn's 2010 superhero-themed dark comedy Super. He also poked fun at his fanboy nature in an episode of the web series The Daly Show, where he and Superman voice-actor Tim Daly played versions of themselves who'd begun to think they were truly the superheroes they voiced.


Given this background, there's little doubt that Fillion is up to the task of playing a comedic superhero or supervillain in The Suicide Squad, though the question of who he's playing remains. One amusing possibility is that he could be playing the time-traveling hero
Booster Gold, whom Fillion previouslyexpressed interest in playing. With a script for a Booster Gold solo-film reportedly complete and awaiting the green light from Warner Bros., could this be a sneaky way of introducing the character into the DCEU and testing the waters for Fillion to headline his own movie while lending his star-power to his friend James Gunn? Time will tell, yet Fillion is sure to excel no matter what the role is revealed to be.

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[h=1]Suicide Squad 2: Every Character Returning In James Gunn’s DC Sequel[/h]

A new team of anti-heroes will star in next year's The Suicide Squad, but they will be joined by returning characters from the previous film.

Despite the departure of many of the members of the original team, some familiar faces will return in The Suicide Squad. James Gunn's upcoming 2021 film is his "reinvention" of the team of anti-heroes after the first incarnation with 2016's Suicide Squad, from director David Ayer. It will feature a swarm of new characters from all around the pages of DC comics played by numerous big names like Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, WWE legend John Cena, Firefly actor Nathan Fillion, and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
The first Suicide Squad had a very mixed reception, with most criticisms aimed at its choppy editing and drastic tonal shifts resulting from significant late-in-production reshoots to make it more in-line with some of the movie's poppy trailers. This, plus the shake-ups to the original DCEU plans, the divergence from Jared Leto's version of the Joker, and the exit of several key figures like original Justice League director Zack Snyder and Batman actor/director Ben Affleck, pushed Warner Bros. take a less strict approach to DCEU canon, allowing The Suicide Squad to break away from the first movie and take another shot at the title while keeping its strongest elements, including a handful of stand-out characters.



James Gunn revealed the cast of The Suicide Squadon social media back in September 2019 with a list of the actors and a warning not to get too attached to them, though not all of them have been linked to a confirmed character in the film. While it's not completely certain how they will handle a rearrangement of the squad in-story, some members of the original team are confirmed to make an anti-heroic comeback due to their positive reception in the first installment. Here's a rundown of the Suicide Squad characters returning for the sequel.
[h=2]Harley Quinn[/h]




Needless to say, the beloved Maiden of Mischief will be back as the face of the team after a crowd-pleasing appearance in Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey. Ever since her debut in the first Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie's outstanding portrayal of Harley Quinn has been regarded as one of the strongest aspects of the entire DCEU - and even as one of the most faithful cinematic adaptations of a comic book character. Her wicked sense of humor and her unfiltered joy steals the spotlight in every scene she's in, hence her imminent return to the sequel.
Harley Quinn is first introduced as an inmate in Suicide Squad, locked in a literal cage after being captured by Batman in a car chase where the Joker escapes. She then joins the titular team in order to fight Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and her brother Incubus (Alan Chanoine) in order to get her freedom back but is only given ten years off her sentence and an espresso machine for her cell. As is typical for the clown couple, Joker comes to her rescue and they flee from the prison. In the 2020 team-up film Birds of Prey, Harley has broken up with the Joker and joins an all-female gang of anti-heroes with the goal of protecting the young Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) and herself from Gotham's criminals. After brutally defeating Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), she drives away with her hyena Bruce and Cassie.
One of the first details to come out about the production of The Suicide Squad was the involvement of Margot Robbie as the main returning lead. It's safe to say that her role in the sequel will have a big impact on the future of the Suicide Squad title and the DCEU as a whole, besides expanding her character beyond her already well-known backstory and relationship with the Joker.


[h=2]Captain Boomerang[/h]




Before the first Suicide Squad came out, Jai Courtney's casting as Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang awakened some doubts among the fans. Courtney's previous record of lukewarm performances of major characters in movies like 2015's Terminator Genysis - where he played a young version of Kyle Reese, and A Good Day to Die Hard - as John McClane's son, made him an objectionable choice for an adaptation of comic book character. However, his portrayal of the erratic Flash villain in Suicide Squad was so delightfully fun that the audience immediately became attached to him and his charming backstabbing tendencies.
Captain Boomerang is first introduced as a criminal with multiple counts of robbery and burglary to his name. He ends up joining the squad after being captured by the Flash (Ezra Miller) while trying to betray his accomplices in the middle of a diamond heist. Always caring little about anyone other than himself, he tricks Slipknot (Adam Beach) into getting his neck bomb detonated to confirm that they're really forced to avoid any escape attempt. By the end of the movie, he has acquired a slightly increased sense of comradery and has resumed his reduced sentence in Belle Reve prison.
Birds of Prey threw a brief reference to Boomerang's current whereabouts when Harley Quinn comes across a wanted poster with his picture on it and stops to point out that she knows him. Clearly, the villain found a way to break out of jail and earn the attention of the authorities once again, prompting his appearance in The Suicide Squad. Actor Jai Courtney teased his return as Captain Boomerang the same month that the film started production, but the scope of his role in the sequel is still as uncertain as with many of his fellow 23 cast members.
[h=2]Amanda Waller[/h]





In 2016's Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) stood out as the most powerful character in the film. Without a single superpower or metahuman ability, she was able to control every member of the squad with the push of a button. Her determination and manipulation skills let her execute her initiative to gather the most dangerous team of anti-heroes as an emergency defense against otherwordly threats. Although it's precisely this plan that goes awry and puts the fate of the Earth in jeopardy, Waller still ends up as a figure of great influence to metahumans at the end of the movie.


Following Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney, the third cast member to be confirmed for a return in The Suicide Squad was Viola Davis. Her reprisal of the character makes the most sense since the role of Amanda Waller is - as many fans like to compare it - the equivalent to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in The Avengers. They both come up with the unpopular plan to assemble a squad of unpredictable heroes, but one that will put their past and their differences aside to fight bigger threats at all costs.
[h=2]Rick Flag[/h]




Portrayed by the 2014 Robocop remake star Joel Kinnaman, Rick Flag lead the team on the field in Suicide Squad. His motivation to help the team succeed in their fight against Enchantress is to recover the mystical creature's alter ego, Dr. June Moon, whom he loves. Manipulated by Amanda Waller, Colonel Flag starts the mission as a tough but apprehensive soldier, undaunted by the decision to detonate Slipknot's bomb on his first attempt to escape. It's not until Waller's apparent death and Enchantress's loss of control that Flag opens up to the squad and joins them with full intent to help them complete the mission and come out unscathed. The team fights Incubus and Enchantress until it's up to Flag to crush her heart and finally get Moon back.
In May 2019, Kinnaman confirmed his return as Rick Flag for The Suicide Squad with an Instagram photo in which he teased his training for the movie, making him the fourth and final cast member from Suicide Squad to confirm a comeback for the sequel. With June Moon alive and well after the events of the previous film (and Cara Delevingne's notable absence from James Gunn's cast list), his motivation to be part of the unstable team of criminals becomes a very intriguing question, although as a member of Argus under Amanda Waller, he's probably just following orders.

The Suicide Squad wrapped up filming at the end of February this year and will undoubtedly bring plenty of surprises to the fans of the first film. A Joker cameo in the style of Birds of Prey or even a brief appearance by a Justice League hero are not completely off the table, but the return of Suicide Squad characters like El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is, unfortunately, less likely. The positive side to their exit from the team is the opportunity to let new characters like King Shark (Steve Agee) and Polka Dot Man (David Dastmalchian) to join Task Force X.


 

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The Suicide Squad Full DC Character List Revealed



The full list of DC characters in The Suicide Squad has been revealed during the movie's panel for DC FanDome. Here's who each actor is playing.




During The Suicide Squad's panel for DC FanDome, it has now been confirmed exactly which DC characters the cast members are playing. Margot Robbie is back as Harley Quinn, as is Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. As for the rest of the cast, here's a a rundown of who they are playing:

  • Idris Elba as Bloodsport
  • John Cena as Peacemaker
  • David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man
  • Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2
  • Steve Agee as King Shark
  • Nathan Fillion as TDK
  • Mayling Ng as Mongal
  • Flula Borg as Javelin
  • Sean Gunn as Weasel
  • Michael Rooker as Savant
  • Pete Davidson as Blackguard
  • Peter Capaldi as The Thinker
  • Alice Braga as Sol Soria
  • Storm Reid as Tyla, Bloodsport's daughter
  • Juan Diego Botto as General Luna
  • Joaquín Cosío as Major General Suarez

Now that The Suicide Squad's cast has been revealed, the official lineup has some expected characters and some surprises. Many previously expected Cena to be Peacemaker, Dastmalchian to be Polka-Dot Man, Melchior to be Ratcatcher, and Agee to play King Shark. The identities of some more were figured out thanks to set photos, like Borg as Javelin and Ng as Mongal. But, Capaldi playing The Thinker and Elba playing Bloodsport were a few that not many correctly predicted.

Not only DC FanDome provide fans with this full list of characters for The Suicide Squad, but the event also provided the first looks at the cast. In addition to their costumes being revealed through an introductory video, behind-the-scenes footage was released that showed the cast in action. So far, The Suicide Squad appears to be shaping up quite nicely, especially with a crazy mix of characters like this.
 
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