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Suicide Squad, Warcraft and Ennio Morricone: Top 10 Moments from SDCC 2015

If I had to pick one grotesquely obtuse metaphor to describe this year’s glamorous San Diego Comic Con, I’m pretty sure it would be moustachioed cowboy supernova that fuses hydrogen and glitter to make molten rainbows and vomits neurological organs.

Yeah, yeah I think that just about does it.

This was always going to be a wild card year, what with the absence of a Marvel presence save for half a dozen aimless cosplayers. But that wild card turned into a royal flush all too easily. We’ve picked out some of the best bits at this year’s SDCC, from teasers to trailers to screaming jokers. Here’s what we loved, in no particular order: Continue reading Suicide Squad, Warcraft and Ennio Morricone: Top 10 Moments from SDCC 2015

Cast Shot for “Suicide Squad” Read Through

Up until now, the cast list for David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad has been a bit of a patchwork. Actors like Tom Hardy have signed in and signed off with replacements like Joel Kinnaman filling the gaps, all the while Killer Crocs and Amanda Wallers are being slapped onto the edges. It sure would be nice to see an image of the actor’s officially rolling up their sleeves, and not just crude homemade Google images of Jared Leto with bleached skin and slightly green hair. Well fortunately Ayer has delivered the goods and offered up a family Christmas card of sorts.

Empire is reporting that read-throughs for the script that follows a cavalcade of Batman baddies taking on impossible missions for the government have already begun. Just to prove it, Ayer tweeted this photo of the whole Suicide Squad gang, excluding Jared Leto who was probably out on a burrito run. Here’s the shot, courtesy of Twitter:

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So let’s do a quick run through of the names we know. There’s Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Will Smith (Deadshot), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Jay Hernandez (unknown), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Karen Fukuhara (unknown) and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), and let’s not forget Ayer himself.

You may have noticed that there are a couple of new faces in the mix that haven’t been mentioned before. Doubtless their characters have been left nameless to keep the rumour fires burning. In case you don’t recognise them, we have Ike Barinholtz, and Adam Beach. Barinholtz was last seen in Bad Neighbours, while Beach may be best known for Law & Order: SVU.

It’s certainly a treat to see the whole gang (most of the gang) together with scripts in hand. But they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them if they’re gonna hit that August 5th 2016 release date. Lets hope all goes smoothly.

 

“Suicide Squad”: Leto’s Joker will be Muscular?

You know what’s great about an article that has an open ended question as the title? You are garuanteed to not get a definite answer about anything out of anyone. It will be more of a speculative, philosophical waxing that pumps out so many theories that you close the window of your laptop at the end of it and feel more confused than you were when you started. So more often than not we tend to stay away from blatant rumours that have no basis here, unless we have a little something to go on. Or if it’s super intriguing. The potential for a physical description of the joker in the upcoming comic book movie Suicide Squad is a little of both.

Since getting word that Jared Leto would be playing the Joker in David Ayer’s villain team up, we’ve been hearing that the Dallas  Buyers Club star would be losing his legendary locks for the role. It’s been a while and still no hair job, but Leto mentioned that his presentation of an award at the Oscars would be a “farewell party for his hair”. Not only that, but Leto came out on stage with a considerable amount of poundage on him compared to his Oscar winning role last year. Turns out the actor who is no stranger to augmenting his body for a role has put on 70 pounds for his part as the joker. So we’ve got short hair and bulk, which would be a huge change from what we’re used to seeing from cinematic representations of the Joker. Both Jack Nicholson’s and Heath Ledger’s portrayals of Batman’s nemesis have been violent and brutally theatrical, but not quite so physically dominant. So it looks as though Suicide Squad is set to change all that.

Leto partying it up a the Oscars, carrying considerably more weight than last year's performance.
Leto partying it up a the Oscars, carrying considerably more weight than last year’s performance.

When the cast list for Suicide Squad dropped late last year, one of the actor choices that has sparked the most chatter is Jared Leto for the role of Batman’s biggest villain property the Joker. The big surprise about the choice of Leto is that the majority of the cast are action or mainstream vets (include list here) while Leto himself was hot off an Oscar win with a pocketful of indie roles before that. With such an elevated status, everyone wants to know how Leto is going to play the clown Prince of Crime, and to what era of the batman canon will he be most closely aligned.

We’re gonna leave it there for the moment because very soon the ratio of news to guesses is gonna spin wildly out of control. But if you’d like a visual representation of what Leto’s Joker feels like to us – and why wouldn’t you? – check out the incarnation of the Joker from the graphic novel Batman:RIP.

Oh, and if he ends up looking exactly like this, I’m taking credit.

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Jake Gyllenhaal the Latest to Pass on Rick Flag and “Suicide Squad”

Oh Suicide Squad. Your flame burnt so bright, but for so a short a time. Truly pride comes before a fall. Is that too dramatic? Well you have to admit that the DC/ Warner Bros. project has hit a sort of speed bump. After such a strong showing a few months ago with a full main cast list, we got word earlier this month that Tom Hardy had left the project, leaving the role of Rick Flag open. Director David Ayer had his sights set on Jake Gyllenhaal for the role, but Slash Film is now reporting that the star of 2014 breakout Nightcrawler has said no to the role as well.

Rick Flag, as he might have been: Tom Hardy turned down the role earlier this month.
Rick Flag, as he might have been: Tom Hardy turned down the role earlier this month.

Now to be fair, there was nothing particularly concrete connecting Gyllenhaal to the project, apart from Ayer’s word that he was heavily courting the actor with whom he had previously collaborated successfully on End of Watch. Clearly, however, Ayer is a better director than he is a date. Either that, or Gyllenhaal is giving himself some breathing room to pick his next few projects more selectively. After such an amazing performance in Nightcrawler,  Gyllenhaal is going body-mod with boxing project Southpaw and will most likely be looking for similarly serious projects to prove that Nightcrawler wasn’t a fluke. Let’s face it, as financially and commercially tantalising as superhero movies may be on either side of the DC/Marvel fence, they’re not for everybody – certainly not for every actor.

Jake Gyllenhaal's big transformation from "Nightcrawler" (right) to "Southpaw" (left)
Jake Gyllenhaal’s big transformation from “Nightcrawler” (right) to “Southpaw” (left)

Although there is a more practical explanation for both refusals: there are reports that Hardy’s current project The Revenant, is going over schedule, and if he follows that up with promotions for the summer release of Mad Max: Fury Road, there may just not be room for Suicide Squad. As for Gyllenhaal, he’s recently gone the Bradley Cooper route and started in a role on Broadway, so he may be too busy treading the boards to get caught in a potentially ongoing DC contract.

Other than that, the film is still moving on as scheduled, with Spring shooting plans and a August 5, 2016 release date unchanged. Let’s hope everything runs smoothly from here on out.