RUMOR: Idris Elba Is Playing Deathstroke In James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’

One of the most exciting new projects in the DC Extended Universe is The Suicide Squad, a reimagining of the DC Comics supervillain team to be written and directed by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy). Idris Elba is set to join the star-studded cast and according to a new rumor, he may be playing Deathstroke in the highly-anticipated film.

Barstool Sports’ Robbie Fox heard some interesting information regarding the identity of Idris Elba’s character in The Suicide Squad. Fox tweeted the following, which will certainly get fans excited to speculate:

Geeks Worldwide also dropped an exclusive report, claiming that the James Gunn film is currently searching for an actress to play the daughter of the Idris Elba character. The report also speculates on whether Idris Elba would be playing Deathstroke, who has a daughter named Rose Wilson or Sportsmaster.

Idris Elba was revealed to be in-talks to join The Suicide Squad after Will Smith was announced not to return to reprise his role as Deadshot. Idris Elba was originally set to take over as Deadshot, but now the actor’s role will be repurposed for the film, leaving the door open for a possible return for Will Smith in the future.

As far as Deathstroke is concerned, Joe Manganiello was set to play Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe for quite sometime, even appearing in the post-credits scene for Justice League in which he meets with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) to potentially form a team of supervillains. Deathstroke was also reported to be the villain of The Batman when Ben Affleck was still attached to co-write/direct the film before departing the project and the DCEU altogether.

If Idris Elba is indeed playing Deathstroke in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, this would serve as an interesting sign that DC Films is not stressing too much over continuity and is allowing its current crop of filmmakers to put their own spin on the characters, continuity be damned.

This past Summer, Disney parted ways with James Gunn after several offensive tweets he wrote years ago resurfaced. About three months after that happened, Gunn signed on to write the next Suicide Squad movie for Warner Bros. Disney recently reinstated James Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but that project won’t begin production until the filmmaker completes The Suicide Squad, which is expected to begin filming this September.

The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences. The ensemble cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Jared Leto as The Joker. It earned mixed reviews at best, but became a massive hit for Warner Bros. with a worldwide gross of $746.8 million.

The Suicide Squad by James Gun is one of many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC. The list also includes The BatmanThe FlashGreen Lantern CorpsBirds of PreyBlack AdamNightwingSupergirl and New Gods.

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.

Source: Robbie Fox

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender X-Men

Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling Blade Runner 2049

I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden Bodyguard

Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.

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