A heavy stream of rumors have been circling DC Comics' Suicide Squad movie for months now, but it's finally official: Casting has been announced. Among those confirmed are Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, and Tom Hardy. Among those being considered for one role yet to be cast, according to Variety, are the likes of Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Oprah Winfrey.
Smith will play Deadshot, best known as a Batman villain and described by the DC wiki as "a super-villain and anti-hero [who'll] commit any murder for the right price because of a notorious suicidal death wish." Robbie will play Harley Quinn; Cara Delevingne's books as Enchantress; Tom Hardy's doubling up on his DC by taking on Rick Flag after his Dark Knight Rises turn as Bane. Jared Leto's the Joker, and Divergent's Jai Courtney is playing Boomerang.
The character they're seeking Davis, Spencer, or Winfrey for is Amanda "The Wall" Waller, "a hardline top-ranking U.S. Government agent involved in clandestine operations." From the DC wiki:
Despite her non-threatening physical appearance, she is almost universally feared as one of the most ruthless women in espionage and politics. She created and runs the Suicide Squad, a team of super-villains running missions for the government in exchange for reduced prison sentences
Um, yes please.
Bustle's own Kadeen Griffiths wrote earlier Tuesday that the Suicide Squad movie needed more females than just Harley Quinn — well it seems we've got that now. Between a racebent Deadshot, Quinn, Enchantress, and Waller, DC is continuing to at least lightly kick Marvel's ass when it comes to representation. It's hardly revolutionary, but it has potential. DC's films still have a ways to go before they win back the audience's trust, but this isn't a bad first step even if I'm side-eyeing that Joker casting.