Jared Leto is Your New Joker For Suicide Squad Film

By Gerald Lynch on at

The long-rumoured cast of comic book flick Suicide Squad, DC Comics' answer to The Avengers, has been confirmed. If ever there's been a film that could so easily buckle under the weight of its cast, it's this one.

Taking over the role of the Joker from the late Heath Ledger will be Jared Leto, whose Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyer's Club proved he can pull off astonishing transformational performances. It's an unenviable role, what with the praise poured upon Ledger's posthumous Joker, but a good choice nonetheless.

He'll be joined by the equally well-cast Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) as Joker's second-in-command, Harley Quinn.

Then things get a little...crazy. Tom Hardy will be doubling up on DC roles, playing Rick Flagg after his mumblefest as The Dark Knight Rises' Bane. Will "The Fresh Prince of Scientology" Smith will play Deadshot, Jai Courtney will be Boomberang and model-come-actress-come-GTA-V-radio-host Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress. No word yet on whether Jesse Eisenberg will pop up as Lex Luthor, as he's set to in Batman Vs. Superman, but chances are good.

The director who somehow has to keep that cast in check is David Ayer, working off his own script. 300 / Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is producing.

Just like the comic books, Suicide Squad will focus around a team of some of DC's baddest baddies, working together to tackle super-dangerous black ops missions for the government. Coming out in 2D and 3D on August 5th 2016, it'll likely set the stage for DC's long-awaited Justice League film.