8 Characters That Should Appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad

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By Jon Arvedon | More Articles
February 28, 2019  09:39 AM

Last week, we learned that former Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was officially in talks to helm The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. after already being tapped to pen the script. Furthermore, it was revealed that the film would be less of a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and more of a soft reboot with “a mostly all-new cast of characters and actors.”

That being said, we here at Epicstream decided to compile a list of our picks for which faces – old and new – we’d like to see in the film, which is slated for an August 6, 2021 release date. So, without further ado, here are eight characters that should appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad:


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Starting with the returning faces, it makes total sense for Will Smith to reprise his role as Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot. Not only is the character a longstanding staple of the comic book incarnation of Task Force X but Smith is a guaranteed moneymaker. The only problem is that the actor’s schedule is jam-packed as it is, so securing someone of his caliber now that the film has a confirmed release date could prove difficult. Then again, perhaps the release date was set with Smith’s other commitments already in mind.

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Another character that should return for The Suicide Squad is Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag. He was present when the team first debuted during the Silver Age of comics, and Task Force X needs a strong leader who’s capable of walking both the straight and narrow and walking on the wild side. And even if Kinnaman doesn’t return, it isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker. While he was great in Suicide Squad, Kinnaman isn’t a name fans would likely lose their minds over if he had to be recast.

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