The DC cinematic universe has Suicide Squad on the brain, what with the recently announced Harley Quinn spin-off Gotham City Sirens. The latest Squad related rumor hitting the webs is that professional assassin Deadshot – played by Will Smith – may be getting a shot at a solo movie (see what we did there?).
For those of you who haven’t seen Suicide Squad, Deadshot fell into being the de facto leader of Task Force X, a group of criminals tasked with an impossible mission in the film. That tends to happen when you’re being played by an A-lister like Will Smith, who reportedly gained much more screen time after signing on the dotted line. Though they’re going the Gotham City Sirens route with Harley Quinn to ride on some of Margot Robbie’s star power, it may be a smart bet for the studio to go with a spinoff featuring Will Smith as the biggest star due to his proven box office draw.
Is Warner Bros. current movie slate for their DC cinematic universe reactionary at this time? Yes. But it may just work in their favor, even though it can be infuriating to some fans to see randomly announced spin-off movies on top of the already announced “main” DC solo films like Aquaman, Batman, and The Flash. At this point, Marvel Studios can do what they want and have a road map to work with, because moviegoers appear to love any decision they make which offers them the ability to branch out with their characters. DC doesn’t have that luxury due to constantly playing catch up with Marvel, and the lackluster reaction we’ve had to the developing DCEU so far could be considered a result of that.
Though nothing is set in stone at this point with a Deadshot spin-off, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Will Smith gets the chance to flex his assassin muscles again, this time free of the Suicide Squad and presumably incarceration. The movie could possibly even focus on Deadshot before Task Force X, when he is just getting started in the murder-for-hire business, though we did see a bit of his past already presented with Suicide Squad. It’s unlikely at this point that David Ayers would direct due to his involvement with Gotham City Sirens and a possible Suicide Squad sequel.
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Source: Den of Geek