Jai Courtney in Talks to Play Deadshot in DC Comics' 'Suicide Squad'

November 13, 2014
Source: Variety

Deadshot / Jai Courtney

After hearing that Jared Leto was up for the role of The Joker and Margot Robbie in talks to play his female sidekick Harley Quinn, yet another member of the Suicide Squad has surfaced. Variety reports A Good Day to Die Hard and future Terminator: Genisys star Jai Courtney is in talks to play Deadshot, a Batman villain who becomes part of the team. Deadshot has a strong tie with Catwoman in the comic books, so that may also mean we'll see another iconic Batman villain in the film, but that's no guarantee. As for Deadshot, he's an assassin with flawless aim, thanks to a mask with target sight and a plethora of weapons. Read on!

The trade also notes that Tom Hardy and Will Smith are still in negotiations for roles in the film, with the latter likely linked to the part of Digger Harkness (aka Captain Boomerang), one of the villains of The Flash. Let's not forget that Warner Bros. also wants Jesse Eisenberg to reprise his role as Lex Luthor, though we're pretty sure he wouldn't be part of the team itself, but maybe the man who rounds them up for a mission that could be a ruse to his dastardly plans. It sems to be a collection of well-known villains from the comics and lesser known characters, which is the best move for a property like this.

As for the casting of Jai Courtney, I wish that the studio was looking at someone better. Courtney is just such a generic action star who hasn't really shown his worth when it comes to delivering memorable performances. He's a cookie cutter action figure, and I really don't understand how he keeps getting big roles. Maybe he'll finally strut his stuff in Terminator: Genisys next summer, but if the first look photos and plot details are any indicator, I'm not sure that movie is going to be good for anybody. Anyway, Suicide Squad will be directed by David Ayer (Fury) and hits theaters on August 5th, 2016.

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He could play the role, could be worse.. Jared Leto seems a bad choice for The Joker though, i'd prefer Jim Carey.. but joker isnt really in the suicide squad comics anyways.. I really hope they put King Shark in there though.. (& I thought Deadshot had ties with The Huntress, rather than Catwoman?)

guest1 on Nov 13, 2014


He was brilliant as Varro on Spartacus, hope he shines in big movies.

Rauncor on Nov 13, 2014


people keep slamming him for die hard but everyone sucked in that movie go watch jack reacher he played a great menacing villain

P862014 on Nov 13, 2014


That is true though

HarryFiddleSticks on Nov 13, 2014


Also, his run in the first season of SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND was not too shabby, though to be fair he wasn't a ton of it.

DAVIDPD on Nov 13, 2014


I agree, I thought he played a good part in Jack Reacher, and completely forgot about his role in Spartacus, which too, I thought was done well. Now I'm not too familiar with how Deadshot is, but from what I've seen him like in the Arrow TV series, I can see Courtney playing this villain.

Justin R on Nov 13, 2014


Can't say I'm very happy with this casting choice

HarryFiddleSticks on Nov 13, 2014


But I'm still confused about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, so who am I to talk

HarryFiddleSticks on Nov 13, 2014


He'll be great he'll just sue Superman for lots of money and get lots of lawyers and be arrogant. Then they'll have Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross music playing in the background as he sees how many clicks he's getting on the Lexcorp page.

Goodfella on Nov 13, 2014


So far i am comfortable with all the deicisions thus far for the Suicide Squad.

Rock n Rollllll on Nov 13, 2014


I'm constantly being blown away by how good some of the hollywood agents are...

Ricardo_PT on Nov 13, 2014


Sounds decent. Jared Leto for Joker, Margot Robbie for Harley Quinn, and Tom Hardy for Deathstroke would be a pretty kick ass way to round out the cast. Not sure who they'll be getting Will Smith to play. Bringing Eisenberg back for Lex Luthor is also a very smart move.

Chris Groves on Nov 13, 2014


Seems good. Courtney would be a fine Deadshot.

DAVIDPD on Nov 13, 2014


Stop casting this guy in movies! He's like a cardboard cutout. Zero talent in my opinion.

SkyNet300 on Nov 14, 2014

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