By: Adam Basciano
Before we see Will Smith and Margot Robbie as Deadshot and Harley Quinn in the DC Comics film adaptation of Suicide Squad, they will share the screen in “Focus.” As they are doing press for that film, everyone is asking them about their roles in the super villain team up film. Regarding the departure of Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie said; ““This happens all the time. People act like, ‘Oh my god, the movie must be ending!’ It’s just the deal with movies.” Not to mention “a lot of the characters haven’t been portrayed before so it’s a pretty big undertaking. And it’s a big undertaking for the people who are going to play the characters who have been played, like the Joker. It’s big shoes to fill.” As to why there has been no announcement of who will now play Rick Flagg, Will Smith added; David Ayer “turned the screenplay in before Christmas. What happens is Hollywood shuts down. But he was still working and he wanted to (start shooting) April 13th. So it takes a couple weeks to gear back up at the top of the year and people have taken (other) movies. He’s moving really quickly.” Moving on, the two actors discussed their physcal preperation for their roles. Both said they are working out. Here’s hoping that I get a first hand look at their progress when “Suicide Squad” starts filming right here in Toronto.
Meanwhile, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talked to Total Film about his eventual role as Black Adam. Regarding the characterization, he describes it as follows; “I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero. It’s all written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he’s given the powers, he utilised them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology.” The actor also seems to clear up a nagging question among fans. Will the “SHAZAM” film be connected to the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe? ““It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected… One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there’s a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humour.” Suicide Squad will be released in August 2016, while SHAZAM will be released in April of 2019.
(Sources: USA Today, Total Film)