This is probably the most attractive cast ever assembled.

Last night, Warner Bros. confirmed the cast of Suicide Squad, the rag-tag band of villains hired by the government to take on suicide missions for a chance at parole.

Will Smith will play Deadshot, a one-eyed mercenary who never misses. Jared Leto will play the Clown Prince of Crime, Joker. Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Joker's lover and sidekick. Tom Hardy will play Rick Flag, an ex-military type. Jai Courtney will play Boomerang, a supervillain who fought against The Flash and model Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress.

What's more, Oprah Winfrey is being sought to play the role of Amanda Waller - who acts as the squad's government handler, not unlike Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe.

So what's our read on all this? 

David Ayer's Fury was OK, not great. He hasn't a huge amount of success directing - Sabotage was pretty awful and Street Kings was bland - so he's working against a bad reputation.

Will Smith as Deadshot should be interesting, to say the least. He hasn't really played a villain before, more an anti-hero in Hancock. 

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as Joker makes sense. They've both got the physical characteristics down and we can see Leto as a solid Joker.

Tom Hardy, on the other hand, we're surprised to see him step back into a comic-book role - especially considering he was sort of ambivalent about his role in The Dark Knight Rises.

Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne is where we run into trouble. Jai Courtney's pretty unimpressive as an actor - remember A Good Day to Die Hard? Yes, us neither.

Cara Delevingne, she's a model. So this, as far as we know, would be her first major acting role. Obviously, she'd be foolish to turn down something like this - but what does it say about the casting thought process that they're putting a well-known model in instead of an actor?

It all seems like it's "Find us the most well-known, household names" to fill out the roster. Keep in mind, the average cinemagoer has never heard of Suicide Squad.

Ergo, putting a well-known cast in the roles makes sense - but some of them just look like they don't belong.

We'll have to wait and see how it all pans out. 

Suicide Squad opens August 5th, 2016.


via Variety