In another universe not far from the one we live in, Will Smith’s Deadshot could have been in it The Suicide Squad. It just didn’t work out. This comes from the film’s producer, Peter Safran, who reveals that there were discussions to bring the actor back for director James Gunn’s film. Guardians of the Universe last entry in the franchise.
The Suicide Squad will hit theaters and on HBO Max next month. Not quite a full reboot, as several characters from 2016’s Suicide Squad return, and not quite a sequel, like Warner Bros. that has made clear, it is a unique beast. But Will Smith is a huge star and there was at least one moment when he would have come back as Deadshot to lead Task Force X again. Here’s what Peter Safran had to say about it in a recently published interview.
“We discussed it. But I think the Will [Smith] all of this was actually more of a schedule thing than anything else. We knew we had to start shooting in September because frankly, we probably knew earlier than other people that James was coming back and doing Guardians. So it was very important that we started shooting when we started shooting and Will was not available, and that made it easier everywhere. What are you going to do? He is not available. So it’s also nice, frankly, to help separate it from the first movie, I think, in a bigger way.”
Peter Safran also said Deadshot could have had a leading role if things had turned out differently. Instead, Idris Elba was brought in as a sort of replacement. It was originally reported that Elba would take over as Deadshot. Instead, some changes have been made to the script and Elba plays a completely different character, Bloodsport. That at least leaves the door open for Smith to return to the DC movie universe at some point.
Deadshot, along with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who returns in the upcoming film, was a big part of director David Ayer’s suicide squad. Although the film was critically unpopular, it was hugely successful, grossing $746 million worldwide. At one point, Warner Bros. even a Dead shot solo movie. Although that seems to have been scrapped as no official updates have been provided on that front for some time.
James Gunn will soon return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he will direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 The next. Marvel and Disney originally fired him after a number of old, controversial tweets resurfaced, only to later reverse their decision. But that paved the way for him to take a crack at the DCEU. He is currently filming for that peacekeeper for HBO Max. The series will serve as a spin-off of the film set in the same universe centered on John Cena’s character of the same name. The Suicide Squad is expected to hit theaters and on HBO Max on August 6. This news was previously reported by Comicbook.com.
Topics: Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad 2