By: Adam Basciano
First The Wrap & Collider reporting that Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are circling the film as The Joker & Harley Quinn respectively. Now, Variety has added more to the story. In addition to these two, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Jai Courtney are all in various stages of negotiations for the film. “Warner Bros. is courting Leto to play the Joker in the film, Robbie for Harley Quinn and Hardy for Rick Flag, a founding member of the Suicide Squad. As for Smith, it’s uncertain which character he will play but sources say it’s likely The Flash nemesis Digger Harkness a.k.a. Captain Boomerang.” Jai Courtney meanwhile, is reportedly in talks to play Deadshot! While not a top-tier villain in name recognition, the character has appeared on several episodes of The CW series “Arrow.” “He’s a key villain in the “Batman” comic book universe. Also known as Floyd Lawton, the Deadshot character has a major death wish and also has a strong bond with Catwoman, although there’s been no confirmation yet that Catwoman will make an appearance in the pic.” If all these negotiations go accordingly as planned, this is an extremely skilled and talented set of actors. Coupled with director David Ayer, who seems well suited for this particular source material, the ingredients are all there for “Suicide Squad”, to be a fantastic addition to the comic book movie genre.
Meanwhile, Warner Brothers may be closing in on a director for the Wonder Woman film. “Sources say Michelle MacLaren is emerging as a front-runner to direct a Wonder Woman spinoff movie that would star Gal Gadot, who will portray the Amazonian princess in 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Warners had no comment. The studio has been meeting with numerous female directors — although not specifically for the Wonder Woman project. Last week, the studio met with Jennifer Kent, the director of the well-regarded female-centric horror film The Babadook. Lesli Linka Glatter, a director and co-exec producer on Homeland, which also has a strong female lead at its center, was also on the studio’s meet list.” Off this list, I’d personally pick Michelle MacLaren or Lesli Linka Glatter as I am more familiar with their work. I could see either doing a good job. However, I don’t believe the film has to be directed by a female. Certainly, female directors should be directing in the superhero genre. Also, they’d likely feel more in tune with the character, and also have a more personal connection to the character. However, I want the best candidate for the job, either female or male! If the studio deems one of these directors as the best candidate for the job, great! I’ll be in the theatre opening day to enjoy the first ever stand alone Wonder Woman film regardless.
(Source: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter)