Idris Elba Is Set To Replace Will Smith As Deadshot

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 07.03.19
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I keep forgetting about Suicide Squad.

The thing is, I tend to remember terrible films so it’s bizarre that it doesn’t reserve a place in my consciousness.

It was a dangerously unmemorable film and when you consider the hype built up around it, with people saying that Jared Leto was getting so into the role of Joker that he was sending people all sorts of bizarre stuff, I legitimately couldn’t tell you five of the characters’ names… and I like this kind of film.

The proposed sequel was given a lifeline however, in the form of shunned Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn, who has apparently been scooped up by Warner Brothers to take control of the anti-hero film.

As a sidenote, I’m happy Gunn is getting more work, but if this move from Warner Bros. doesn’t perfectly encapsulate DC riding on Marvel’s coattails, then nothing will. They already tried getting the Avengers’ Joss Whedon in for Justice League and now this.

But anyway, recently news broke that Will Smith – who was one of the few good parts of the original film, if not someone who took too much of the limelight – probably wouldn’t be showing up for the sequel because, I don’t know, he’s probably filming YouTube Rewind 2019 or something.

In reality, Smith’s a busy boy and let’s be perfectly honest, SS did nothing to enhance the public’s image of him. He was literally just there to provide exposition, not wear his mask because of his star-power and to say the title of the film at some point.

But he’s gone now and as Variety reports, he’s already been replaced by everyone’s favourite Idris Elba; Idris Elba.

I suppose he’s been killed off in the MCU and as you know, every big actor needs to be in a comic book film to remain relevant.

That’s about all of the news from that one since nothing has been confirmed but it will be interesting to see how this one transpires.

Will DC try to play it off as if nothing happened, with Elba playing literally the same character as Smith, or will it be an obvious replacement which gets referenced in the film?

A lot of things need to change for the sequel but primarily I want an explanation as to why and how a crazy girl with a baseball bat and Stockholm Syndrome can be classed as a Meta-Human or better yet, a useful asset to a team.

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn – doing that weird Brooklyn accent that she always does – is expected to return for the sequel, but information about said film is few and far between.

We’ll keep you updated.

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