Suicide Squad

Warner Bros. has just revealed the cast of David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad, and it is a huge ensemble. Jared Leto is the Joker, Will Smith is Deadshot, Tom Hardy is Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney is Boomerang and Cara Delevinge is Enchantress. The film is scheduled for release August 5, 2016. Read more about the Suicide Squad cast below.

Variety posted the news. Here’s what WB President Greg Silverman said about the cast:

The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under David Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.

While the confirmation of this news is incredibly huge, it’s all stuff we’d heard rumors about over the past few weeks. The fact that Courtney is playing Boomerang and Delevinge (who was previously thought to be up for Harley Quinn) is Enchantress, are the two newest bits.

Warner Bros. sees this film as their superhero version of Ocean’s Eleven and did their best to fill it with a cast somewhat similar to that film. I think they achieved that. Smith remains one of the biggest stars in the world. He’s an actor that rarely, if ever, does ensemble films anymore. This is Leto’s first film after winning an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. Then there are Robbie, Hardy and Courtney, all of whom are getting to be stars on their own. This is massive.

According to Variety, Jesse Eisenberg is expected to return as Lex Luthor in this film and they’re still casting Amanda Waller, the Nick Fury-esque leader of the Squad. Oprah Winfrey is reportedly at the top of WB’s list, but they’re also courting Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March, and Suicide Squad in August, Warner Bros. is doing their best to really plant their flag as major players in the superhero landscape. Marvel might have Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange in 2016, but Warner Bros. is right on their tail.

And can we just step back and think about this? Will Smith is playing freaking Deadshot! Jared Leto is following in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger to play the most iconic villain in all of comic books. And he’ll surely have to go against Batman at some point. Plus, we finally get Harley Quinn on the big screen. My mind is a little boggled right now.

Suicide Squad will start shooting in April in Toronto.

Are you surprised as the massive level of talent in the film?

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