Despite early reports that Idris Elba would take over the role of Deadshot from Will Smith in James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad, the character will not return for the film.
According to Variety, The Suicide Squad will not feature Deadshot, with Elba instead expected to play a new character. It’s not clear at this time who that character will be, though the movie will reportedly feature Ratcatcher, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man and Peacemaker, so it’s possible that he might be playing one of those characters.
All things considered, this sounds like a smart move. Elba is such a big name these days that it only makes sense for him to play a DC character all his own, as opposed to “filling in” for Smith. Beyond that, Variety says the team behind Gunn’s movie were concerned that replacing Smith this way was disrespectful, seeing as he stepped away from the film because of scheduling and not over creative differences.
There are currently a lot of rumors swirling around Gunn’s first DC Extended Universe film. Viola Davis is reportedly set to reprise her role as Amanda Waller, and the movie will feature Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in some capacity. Joel Kinnaman is also said to be reprising his role as Rick Flag. Jai Courtney has also announced he’ll reprise his role as Captain Boomerang.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.