With James Gunn and Peter Safran taking over as co-chair’s of the new DC Universe, the future of many fan-favorite characters is in flux as many roles get recast to fit their new direction, the most notable of which being Henry Cavill’s departure from the role of Superman. When asked about his future in the DCU, actor Idris Elba, who played Bloodsport in Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, said he hopes to reprise the role in a future project instead of being recast.
Idris Elba is no stranger to the world of superhero films, having been around since the early days of the MCU as the character Heimdall in the Thor series. Elba has also taken on the role of French mercenary Moreau in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and, most recently, Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. This comment comes from a recent interview regarding the new film based on his show Luther. When asked if he would prefer to stay in the role of Bloodsport or try his hand at a new character, Elba told ComicBook.com he hopes to do more Bloodsport in the future:
It’s unclear if Elba will get the return he wants in the new DCU. Many other projects revolving around anti-heroes such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam have been put on indefinite hold to focus on Gunn’s new vision for the universe. However, with Elba’s co-star Margot Robbie set to return as Harley Quinn in future films, it’s not impossible for him to return.
The future of the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, teleivsion, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are currently in various stages of post-production at Warner Bros. Discovery, with all four DC Universe movies slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
Creature Commandos will be released sometime in 2024 while Superman: Legacy will hit theaters on July 11, 2025.