Though the next installment in the “Suicide Squad” franchise is moving ahead with the addition of Idris Elba to the team, the movie will now move forward without one of its main characters.
Though it was previously reported that Elba would be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the new movie, reports say that all parties including director James Gunn have decided to move on from the Deadshot character, with Elba playing a new character in “The Suicide Squad.”
It is unknown what character Elba would now be playing, but after taking the last few weeks to discuss, everyone involved felt this was the right move. The team also did not want to feel as if it was disrespecting Smith, who helped bring this character to life for the first time, by replacing him with Elba.
While many believe chances are still slim for a future return, the decision keeps the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films, since his original reason for leaving had to do with scheduling and not creative differences.
With this decision, it looks like the only three characters expected to return are Harley Quinn with Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.
By Damilola Faustino