It would appear there could be more to the recast of Deadshot in The Suicide Squad than a simple recast...
According to JoBlo, producer Peter Safran called the film a “total reboot.” When reporter Paul Shirey asked Safran about why fans should be excited for “Suicide Squad 2” Safran responded:
“First of all, we don’t call it ‘Suicide Squad 2’ cause it’s a total reboot, so it’s The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it. It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot.”
There have been conflicting reports over how much of the previous iteration of the franchise this new film would contain. While Will Smith was confirmed not to return last month, it was reported by Variety it was due to scheduling conflicts not that Gunn wanted to reboot the character. In fact, it was reported there was internal discussion on whether to recast the character or use another actor in that role. A week later, it was announced that Idris Elba would replace Smith as Deadshot. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it is widely expected that Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn and that Viola Davis will return as Amanda Waller (at least, we hope).
It should be noted that terms like “reboot”, “stand-alone” and “universe” seem to have no universal meaning to producers and executives. The clearest statement on where the DC Universe currently stands has come from WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara:
“The upcoming slate, with Shazam, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey, feels like we’re on the right track. We have the right people in the right jobs working on it. The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago. You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.”
WB and DC want to build demand for its product before it goes back to making crossovers. This means expect keeping steady in properties that have been successful, like Aquaman and Wonder Woman, while also expecting shifting in others like The Suicide Squad.
So we should take Safran’s comments not as “confirmation” that it’s cutting all ties with its predecessor, because it’s not. But what Safran was likely trying to convey is that they’re not trying to continue the story from the first film, but rather introduce a new team, look, and feel; Something fresh.
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