Actors jumping between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe isn’t anything out of the ordinary. In fact, it happens at the creative level as well, with James Gunn being one of the most recent directors to helm titles in both universes. Now, another filmmaker and actor has joined him, but just for a starring role.
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is said to be joining the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy director Gunn’s DC project The Suicide Squad, where he will appear alongside the likes of returning stars from the first movie such as Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis. Fellow newcomers to the cast include Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Flula Borg, and Steve Agee. More on the report below.
Deadline says Waititi will be in the film, though what role he might be playing is has not yet been revealed.
Considering that Waititi is returning to write and direct Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder, which is expected to begin shooting in the first quarter of 2020, it’s likely that the role isn’t that big. The Suicide Squad itself will start shooting later this September for an August 6, 2021 release. A table read is also expected to happen soon.
It’s still unclear what the film is going to be about or if it will be a reboot of the original, which was directed by David Ayer. However, some of the original cast members will be returning to reprise their respective roles. Robbie is back as Harley Quinn, Kinnaman returns to play Rick Flag, Courtney reprises his role as Captain Boomerang, and Davis comes back to play Amanda Waller.
Meanwhile Dastmalchian will play Polka-Dot Man, and Melchior plays Ratcatcher. It’s unclear who Fillion and Borg might play, but Agee will voice King Shark. Finally, it was speculated that Elba would be playing Deadshot, a role who was originally played by Will Smith in the first, but that has been denied.
Let’s face it, Warner Bros.’ new direction for the DCEU has been for the better. The franchise had a very shaky start, with Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and the original Suicide Squad being critical disappointments. However, Wonder Woman and Aquaman have proven to be the things that the DCEU needed to stand alongside its biggest rival, Marvel Studios.
Of course, this wouldn’t be Waititi’s first foray into a franchise with a huge following. He did have a minor role in Green Lantern and went on to direct and star in Ragnarok. He eventually reprised the role of Korg in Avengers: Endgame and then came the announcement that he would be returning for Thor: Love and Thunder. Not only that, but he plays the role of IG-11 in The Mandalorian, the first-ever Star Wars live-action television series from Jon Favreau.