It looks like director David Ayer’s upcoming “Suicide Squad” movie is finally starting to come together. On Wednesday he tweeted a picture of most of the cast at the very first table read for the film’s script, revealing two new actors.
The photo was posted showing most of the principal cast that will make up the team of super-powered mercenaries forced to do the government’s dirty work in exchange for lighter prison sentences. The image (below) shows Ayer, Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Jay Hernandez (Unknown), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Adam Beach (Unknown), Jim Parrack (rumored for Deathstroke), Ike Barinholtz (Unknown). Seated are Will Smith (Deadshot), Karen Fukuhara (Unknown) and Margo Robbie (Harley Quinn).
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 9, 2015
Conspicuously absent from the shot is Jared Leto, who has capturing headlines every time he steps out of the house looking more and more like the iconic Batman villain – The Joker. Some have joked on Twitter that perhaps Leto is the one holding the camera in the photo, but odds are good that the 43-year-old actor didn’t want the length or color of his hair to make headlines once again. Scott Eastwood, who’s role is also unknown, wasn’t present in the photo either.
What is new about the tweeted photo is the inclusion of "Flags of Our Fathers" star Adam Beach and “The Mindy Project” actor Ike Barinholtz. It’s unconfirmed exactly who these two will be playing, but CNET seems to have the answers. According to the outlet, Barinholtz will play villainous scientist Hugo Strange. Introduced to the comic books in 1940, the character pre-dates more well-known characters like The Joker. Meanwhile, Beach is rumored to play the martial arts expert, Raven, from the comic books.
DC and Warner Bros. “Suicide Squad” is slated for a release on Aug. 5, 2016. It will be the next installment in the Marvel rival’s ever-expanding cinematic universe. It will directly follow 2015’s “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” According to Screenrant, a standalone “Wonder Woman” movie is scheduled for 2017 to set up DC’s big Avengers-like crossover, “The Justice League,” later that year. Meanwhile, 2018 will see the release of “The Flash” and “Aquaman.” Following them will be a “Shazam” movie and a “Justice League” sequel in 2019. Finally, “Cyborg” and “Green Lantern” will hit theaters in 2020.