While all the talk around James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad indicated a fresh approach and a new group of characters, there was always the possibility leading characters from the first film like Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) might return, but one half of that pair plans to drop their affiliation with Task Force X.
Variety reports Will Smith will not return for the film despite Warner Bros. Pictures hope he would remain part of the project. According to the report, the actors schedule will prevent him from reprising his role as Floyd Lawton, the best marksman in the DC Universe. Robbie’s participation is still unclear.
Considering Suicide Squad‘s very premise — villains press-ganged into doing wetwork for an unscrupulous government agency — allows for a lot of turnover, the loss of Smith is not the body blow it might otherwise be. Some rumors suggest the part will be recast, but why not introduce someone like Floyd’s fellow Secret Six member Catman? And while we’re on that train of thought, why not add Ragdoll or Bane to the team? Hopefully, obscure and unlikely characters intrigued Gunn as well and the film will feature an even stranger assortment than the first film.
The Suicide Squad is scheduled for release on August 6th, 2021.