DC Movies: "Suicide Squad" cast, "Wonder Woman" director set

Amazing news, everyone! The cast for Suicide Squad has been set and there are some really interesting actors assigned to play The Joker, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and more. Here’s the official press release:

The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” upcoming “Focus”) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Focus,” the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” upcoming “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one.  David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara.  We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

Ayer is also writing the script for “Suicide Squad,” which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”).  Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.

Suicide Squad will come to theaters August 5, 2016.

Also, it’s been announced that the Wonder Woman movie has found its director! Michelle MacLaren has been given the honor to direct the Gal Gadot-starring film, which will come to theaters in 2017.

All of this news is very encouraging, not just for superhero movies, but for DC as a movie making entity. For a while, people were worried if DC would be able to catch up with Marvel, who had the head start in creating a movieverse for their comic books. But, DC has not only caught up, it’s threatening to surpass Marvel (in my opinion, anyway). DC is back on track and they haven’t even released any of their new films yet.

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Photo credits: DC Comics, Warner Bros.