Jada Pinkett Smith said she would love to play the comic book character Vixen in a sequel to the forthcoming film “Suicide Squad.” During a promotional tour of her film “Magic Mike XXL,” the actress revealed her wish to speak to "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer about playing the character.
“There’s a character that I love in the DC World, her name is Vixen. Probably haven’t heard much of her. She’s kind of in that Suicide Squad world as well. I love Vixen. If there was any character ... I would love to play her. I’m going to have to put my little word in with the director: ‘Vixen for Suicide Squad 2',” she told MTV UK.
In the comics, Vixen is born in the fictional African village of Zambesi as Mari Jiwe McCabe. She moves to the U.S. and gets a job as a model in New York City. She later uses the power of Tantu Totem to become the superhero Vixen. She is the member of Justice League, Suicide Squad, Checkmate and Ultramarine Corps and has the ability to mimic any animal on Earth. She can also heal herself. Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner created the character.
Pinkett Smith appeared in the first season of Fox's “Gotham” TV series as the villain Fish Mooney. Her husband, Will Smith, will star as Deadpool in “Suicide Squad,” which is being filmed in Toronto.
"Suicide Squad" concerns a set of supervillains who form a squad to accomplish a dangerous task in exchange for clemency. Other cast members include Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and Viola Davis. Ayer has also written the film based on the comic book by John Ostrander. Richard Suckle, Charles Roven and Colin Wilson are the producers and Roman Vasyanov has done the cinematography.
The film is scheduled to open in theaters Aug. 5, 2016.