A lot of DCEU fans found themselves disappointed when it was announced that Will Smith would not be returning for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, and the WB was said to be thinking on whether to replace Deadshot with a new character or just have someone else take over the role. Apparently the latter was the decision they decided to go with.
According to Variety, Idris Elba is in talks to replace Will Smith as Deadshot in the Suicide Squad sequel. Smith had to turn down the project due to scheduling conflicts; ironically, the movie he would be working on would have been Bright 2, which is directed by original SS director David Ayer.
Though a lot of fans expressed that they liked Elba as an actor, some were disappointed to think that he would be replacing someone else’s role as compared to originating a character of his own. Why be Deadshot when you can be Jon Stewart of the Green Lantern Corps? Casting Elba also closes the door for Smith to make a return in the franchise—especially since he was one of the best things about the first movie.
For now, Gunn is said to be doing a soft reboot on Suicide Squad, going for an entirely new roster. Personally I would have preferred if he kept to some of the great elements from the first film. Besides Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, I thought that the choices for Captain Boomerang and Amanda Waller were fantastic. I wouldn’t even mind a return from Killer Croc.
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is set to come out Aug. 6, 2021.