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01.26.2015

Hey, heard any good SUICIDE SQUAD rumors lately? Ha! Of course you have and today we’ve got some more for you that will whet your rumor whistle through the week (or at least until more pop up). Last week we got the news that both Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal were in consideration to replace Tom Hardy’s Rick Flag, as well as Joe Manganiello being rumored to take on the role of Deathstroke. We’ve also heard rumors of Batman making an appearance in the film, if even just from surveillance footage, leading to a solo Batman film. Latino Review also had a nice scoop on some of the film’s details, which I’ll be elaborating on below. Get all that? If not, click the links, get caught up and then we’ll begin.

Before you continue, just let me put this word out here that many of you are familiar with. I'm only saying it once. Even though this is all unconfirmed info from our source, it's to note that it could potentially spoil things, hence...SPOILERS! You've been warned.

All right, I’m assuming you’re all caught up and forewarned now, so I’ll launch right into it.

On this Rick Flag business:

So, after Tom Hardy dropped out of the film as Rick Flag and the pop-up of replacement names began, something has been lost in the shuffle and that's the fact that there isn't just a Rick Flag, but a Rick Flag SENIOR in the film as well. That was already reported by Latino Review, but what wasn't covered is who they're trying to get to fill those boots. Currently, the two under consideration are Ed Harris and Max Martini, both of whom have that weathered badass look to easily take on the mantle of Flag's father.

Additionally, another name in the mix for Rick Flag Jr. is none other than Karl Urban, who was rumored for another WB DCCU flick; AQUAMAN. We’re told the AQUAMAN role would depend on which script they use for that film and that Urban’s name is still in the running for Flag as well.

On the Thinker and General Lane:

Another character set to appear in the film is the Thinker, a role which Geoffrey Rush has already passed on and is now up for grabs. The other role that's being courted right now is a rather interesting one; that of General Sam Lane aka Lois Lane's father. It's been rumored that Gary Sinise was being wooed for General Eiling, but our source has indicated that that's the wrong general. Sinise would make a great fit for the role, but beyond that it shows more of the interconnectedness that's being built with SUICIDE SQUAD, as this has arguably the biggest connection to MAN OF STEEL and Superman, with whom Gen. Lane has been a primary antagonist in the comics.

On Deathstroke:

Deathstroke is indeed in the film and Joe Manganiello is the FIRST choice for the role, with Jason Clarke also being considered. Apparently, director David Ayer has been trying to “get his own people” on the project as much as possible. As for the character of Deathstroke, he will be a “hired assassain that is competing with the Suicide Squad” and not part of the team or a bodyguard as has been previously rumored.

On The Joker:  

Okay, now this is really cool. Apparently, The Joker “is scarred all over his body because of his battles with Batman” and he continually “plays mind games with people and twists [their] minds.” We've already heard that he's very much inspired by Hannibal Lecter in that sense, and our source indicates that “everyone is afraid of him.” So, apparently The Joker and Batman will have an already established relationship here, which would make perfect sense seeing as we have a much older Batman in this new DCCU, rather than a new one just starting out.

On The Enchantress:

Cara Delevingne’s The Enchantress is another character most of us know very little about. Regardless, it seems she’s “really powerful” and is instrumental in the film’s prison riot finale, which is said to be “crazy” (but in a good way, of course).

On that potential Batman cameo:

Apparently, Batman "is mentioned in the script and even shown on surveillance cameras" with Amanda Waller "after him for something." As for an actual appearance from Affleck himself, that's said to be dependent on his schedule, so it's not set in stone, but certainly a good possibility.

A lot to digest, I know, but certainly a healthy dose of fun rumors and interesting tidbits. Again, none of this is confirmed, merely what's come to us from our source, so you can regard it as rumor for now. I'm sure the floodgates of info will continue to flood in for SUICIDE SQUAD, which has quickly become as hotly anticipated as BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Indeed, from all the details I've heard thus far, my excitement level is certainly elevated, especially with Ayer at the helm. I love the interconnectivity that WB is building and it feels like both BVS and SUICIDE SQUAD will establish the roots for their future franchises to grow in a big way.

SUICIDE SQUAD hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

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2:01PM on 01/27/2015
this is all lies and speculation.
this is all lies and speculation.
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6:10PM on 01/26/2015

Marvel and DC can easily coexist

DC has always been a little darker, more mature story lines, edgier violence(lobo, Etrigan, deathstroke to name a few) etc. I love that afc has stepped their games up. I'll concede Marvel has the clear lead right now, but with more family friendly movies, they are great at what they do and I accept them for what they are. DC is a different breed, this is what they do well, keep it like the comics, Batman and Batman Returns, dark, gritty, mature, awesome movies! When they tried to go family fun,
DC has always been a little darker, more mature story lines, edgier violence(lobo, Etrigan, deathstroke to name a few) etc. I love that afc has stepped their games up. I'll concede Marvel has the clear lead right now, but with more family friendly movies, they are great at what they do and I accept them for what they are. DC is a different breed, this is what they do well, keep it like the comics, Batman and Batman Returns, dark, gritty, mature, awesome movies! When they tried to go family fun, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, disaster. Back to gritty, Nolan's masterpieces(first 2), family fun, Green Lantern(which I didn't hate) disaster. Seeing the pattern here? i think DC knows who they are and what they're good at (Man of Steel, loved it), and they're gonna build a universe around that, I couldn't be happier, bring it on!
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5:56PM on 01/26/2015
Gary Sinise and Ed Harris add nothing but quality to anything they are in. This just adds credibility to a project that is already looking pretty solid. I can see this being one of the biggest surprises of the year!
Gary Sinise and Ed Harris add nothing but quality to anything they are in. This just adds credibility to a project that is already looking pretty solid. I can see this being one of the biggest surprises of the year!
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1:22PM on 01/26/2015

This movie...

keeps getting better and better! So happy to hear Deathstroke is going to be apart of the film. Really hope Joey M. gets it!
keeps getting better and better! So happy to hear Deathstroke is going to be apart of the film. Really hope Joey M. gets it!
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9:29AM on 01/26/2015

Still don't care about either this or BvS

DC has the better animated movies. Marvel has the better live action movies. I don't get why DC is trying to rush and "catch up" with Marvel. It won't happen. Forcing a movie with 5 superheroes and another with 5 villains will just confuse the average moviegoer. Nobody cares about the suicide squad either. They are D grade villains that even television can't seem to portray properly.
DC has the better animated movies. Marvel has the better live action movies. I don't get why DC is trying to rush and "catch up" with Marvel. It won't happen. Forcing a movie with 5 superheroes and another with 5 villains will just confuse the average moviegoer. Nobody cares about the suicide squad either. They are D grade villains that even television can't seem to portray properly.
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9:47AM on 01/26/2015
And everyone cared about the Guardians of the Galaxy beforehand?
And everyone cared about the Guardians of the Galaxy beforehand?
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9:00AM on 01/26/2015
Wet my whistle? Or did you mean whet? A wet whistle is silent. To whet my whistle is to stimulate.
Wet my whistle? Or did you mean whet? A wet whistle is silent. To whet my whistle is to stimulate.
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10:15AM on 01/26/2015
Yes, I meant whet and corrected it. These things happen sometimes. Now, do you have any comments about the article's content?
Yes, I meant whet and corrected it. These things happen sometimes. Now, do you have any comments about the article's content?
11:39AM on 01/26/2015
Come on, Shirey. You're better than silencing people.
Come on, Shirey. You're better than silencing people.
11:58AM on 01/26/2015
Hover over the rules/guidelines for the Strikeback section. If you have a problem, e-mail me.
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12:14PM on 01/26/2015
Thanks. Checked those guidelines before. If there was a link on each story to email for corrections, it might deter people from pointing out mistakes.
Thanks. Checked those guidelines before. If there was a link on each story to email for corrections, it might deter people from pointing out mistakes.
12:21PM on 01/26/2015
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8:27AM on 01/26/2015
Like the idea of Martini more then Harris as Flag's father (just don't see Harris in a film like this).

Urban would be terrific casting, but I would rather see him in a more high profile comic book film where his character is a bit more vital and/or important and not to be wasted on something as Rick Flagg.

As for Manganiello as Deathstroke, I think he would be perfect considering he's very intimidating and has the right look and build to him. And please no Jason Clarke.....dude is not
Like the idea of Martini more then Harris as Flag's father (just don't see Harris in a film like this).

Urban would be terrific casting, but I would rather see him in a more high profile comic book film where his character is a bit more vital and/or important and not to be wasted on something as Rick Flagg.

As for Manganiello as Deathstroke, I think he would be perfect considering he's very intimidating and has the right look and build to him. And please no Jason Clarke.....dude is not right for the role and doesn't come off as badass to me.

But pretty exciting stuff.
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7:40AM on 01/26/2015
Ed Harris please!!!
Ed Harris please!!!
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5:59AM on 01/26/2015
Max Martini should be The Punisher, whenever Marvel get around to introducing him.
Max Martini should be The Punisher, whenever Marvel get around to introducing him.
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5:59AM on 01/26/2015
If all of that is true, the film will be a mess with soooo much being fitted in.
If all of that is true, the film will be a mess with soooo much being fitted in.
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5:58AM on 01/26/2015
Adam Baldwin voiced Rick Flag in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon and I think he'd be perfect for the role in live-action as well, though with all the controversy surrounding his personal and political views lately, maybe WB/DC wants to avoid that. Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke isn't something I'd be too keen on. For one thing, he'd probably play it exactly the way Manu Bennett does on Arrow. Manu Bennett makes for a great Slade, but to set this version apart, I'd really like them to go
Adam Baldwin voiced Rick Flag in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon and I think he'd be perfect for the role in live-action as well, though with all the controversy surrounding his personal and political views lately, maybe WB/DC wants to avoid that. Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke isn't something I'd be too keen on. For one thing, he'd probably play it exactly the way Manu Bennett does on Arrow. Manu Bennett makes for a great Slade, but to set this version apart, I'd really like them to go with a wizened hardass older guy. Stephen Lang is the choice everyone always brings up; he'd be great. It's the longest shot in the world but Kurt Russell donning an eyepatch again would be sweet.
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5:28AM on 01/26/2015
Ed Harris and Gary Sinise in one movie? I'm in!
Ed Harris and Gary Sinise in one movie? I'm in!
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3:17AM on 01/26/2015
It's confusing because we don't know if The Joker is a member of the Suicide Squad or the villain that the Suicide Squad is employed to take down. Does anybody who has read the comics have a clue?

My guess is that this is a really solid script and that's why they are rushing this into production. I also feel that Batman vs Superman has to be a solid script at this point because if Batman vs Superman were to fail then everything would fall apart.

I say that but there were obviously
It's confusing because we don't know if The Joker is a member of the Suicide Squad or the villain that the Suicide Squad is employed to take down. Does anybody who has read the comics have a clue?

My guess is that this is a really solid script and that's why they are rushing this into production. I also feel that Batman vs Superman has to be a solid script at this point because if Batman vs Superman were to fail then everything would fall apart.

I say that but there were obviously people who thought Green Lantern and Amazing Spider-Man 2 were good. I actually thought Green Lantern was okay but "okay" doesn't get butts into theaters. I am looking forward to seeing Amazing Spiderman 2 for the first time when it comes out on HBO.

I also think that the script to the Fantastic Four movie must have looked good on paper but I am very suspicious as to why there has not been any footage released. I am concerned that it will look like shit.
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