For the past couple of months, we’ve slowly been getting a stream of news related to DC’s next Suicide Squad film. James Gunn is writing and directing the feature. Will Smith isn’t making a return. Apparently it’s not so much a sequel, as it is a total revamp. That last bit has become a bit of a sticking point recently. Idris Elba’s name recently popped up, in connection to possibly taking over the Deadshot role and there are indications that Margot Robbie would show up, at least in a cameo. Now another, most interesting name can be added to the mix: Captain Boomerang.
In an interview with Business Insider (of all places), Jai Courtney, who played the role in Suicide Squad, dropped the news while promoting his new film, Storm Boy:
“We’re getting ready to shoot in a few months’ time,” Courtney said, “There’s not much else I can reveal about it but, yeah, you’ll be seeing Boomerang back for sure…I’m happy, it’s going to be fun. It will be different, for sure, but it’s going to be great.” ”
As exciting as this is (for me and no one else), it does again make you wonder what’s going on with this film. Collider broke the news, weeks ago, that they were looking to bring on several new characters for Gunn’s take. Will original cast members merely be making cameos? Would they kill them all off in the opening scene? Or, in the most “cheeky” choice, would be willing to Gunn tear a page out of the Marvel playbook and essentially do a DC take on Giant Size X-Men? That’s a story where the old squad disappears on a mission and has to be rescued by a new team. You can easily see how that could work, placing Deadshot in the part of Cyclops. Plus, with James Gunn at the helm, a little bit of trust when it comes to making magic out of seemingly disparate parts, is a given.
The one thing we do know for sure, concerning The Suicide Squad, is the release date: August 6, 2021. Even though that’s a bit in the distance, Marvel would probably prefer things picked up the pace a bit. Mostly as they’d like him to start on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sooner, rather than later. Once more casting or plot details eek out on the next Suicide Squad chapter, we’ll update you immediately. In the meantime, crack open a cold one, to celebrate the return of an unlikely “hero”.