Despite the oversaturation at this point of comic-book movies and television series, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad still very much remains a compelling project because of its focus on WB’s supervillains, who would get to be anti-heroes as government operatives working in exchange for commuted sentences.
The cast itself is slowly coming together, with Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie apparently in various stages of discussion in the film, reportedly as Deadshot, Harkness, and Vixen, respectively. There’s also some suggestion that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor may be included in the film, and Latino Review has further suggested that Cara Delevingne could play Harley Quinn.
Now comes word that the Joker may be written into the Suicide Squad (he was not in the original Justin Marks’ screenplay), and that Jared Leto — who at point was under consideration for Dr. Strange — is being “eyed” for the role of The Joker, a role that Ryan Gosling reportedly turned down because he didn’t want to make a multi-film commitment.
Leto? I mean, sure. He’s a fine actor, but Nicholson —- > Ledger —- > Leto?
But then again, no one was excited about Heath Ledger when he was initially cast, either, and Leto does have an Oscar, while Ledger had Brokeback and, uh, A Knight’s Tale (which, yes, I know! Those Queen songs were awesome.)
Source: The Wrap (Jeff Sneider)