It appears production on the hotly anticipated DC Comics franchise Suicide Squad is moving along nicely – so nicely in fact that director David Ayer has just released the first in-costume cast photo.
The superhero blockbuster, which stars some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith, will chart the back story of the Suicide Squad, an infamous group of villains forced to fight some of the ugliest battles on behalf of the U.S. Government.
Despite the key details related to the film’s plot still evading curious minds, it will tell somewhat of a back story to how the covert Government task force was formed – something fans of CW’s hit show Arrow will know, having already seen glimpses of the black-ops group in the latest series.
The first photo of the cast was released yesterday by the films directed David Ayer and shows characters such as Deadshot (Smith), Harley Quinn (Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) – a couple of hours after its release on social media, Will Smith also released an exclusive pic of his character Deadshot in full attire.
There was however one obvious missing member in the form of Jared Leto’s Joker, who unofficially leads this rebellious band of criminals, and who has been one of the most talked about characters since the films announcement last year – not surprising considering the last time we saw the Joker was in Christopher Nolan’s Award-winning Dark Knight Trilogy – you’ll remember the late Heath Ledger giving a performance so chilling and world-class that it earn’t him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Now, until recently it wasn’t known if Suicide Squad would be released as a stand-alone film or a continuation of 2013’s Man of Steel and the upcoming juganaught Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice storyline. Well the question has been answered in the form of a leaked snap of Ben Affleck visiting the Toronto set a couple of weeks back, confirming rumours that his older Batman character would feature in the film in some capacity.
Fans of the comics will already be aware that most of the notorious Suicide Squad conglomerate owe their involuntary membership to the secretive government agency, known as A.R.G.U.S, thanks, mostly in part, to the Caped Crusader’s unwavering desire to clean up the streets of Gotham – so it makes sense that we’d see at least something of Batman in the upcoming release.