The other day it was reported that The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman was the top choice to replace Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in the Suicide Squad movie coming out next year. Now that news has been confirmed the actor has a deal all set up.
Suicide Squad is planned for an August 5th release next year and is being directed by Fury‘s David Ayer. The film stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
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It was disappointing news when Tom Hardy announced that he needed to drop out of DC and Warner Bros.’s Suicide Squad project, but the companies are closing in on officially signing Joel Kinnaman as a replacement.
Kinnaman has been really making a name for himself through his standout performance as Stephen Holder on The Killing while also starring in last year’s Robocop reboot. The 35 year old actor has roles in the upcoming Knight of Cups by Terrence Malick, as well as Child 44, which stars Gary Oldman and the man Kinnaman might replace, Tom Hardy.
Hardy was supposed to play Rick Flagg, the man that leads the odd group of villains in the Suicide Squad, but dropped out due to scheduling reasons and problems with the script. Kinnaman is one of three in the running to be Hardy’s replacement along with Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal.
The Suicide Squad movie is currently scheduled for an August 5, 2016 release date and is being directed by David Ayer. The film features Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.
Walking Dead alum Emily Kinney has been cast in The Flash as the Bug-Eyed Bandit and will be appearing in the upcoming 18th episode of the series titled “All-Star Team-Up.” The traditional character is a male who goes by Betram Larvan, which has been changed to Brie Larvan for the series.
The Bandit will pose as the first threat to the Atom when Ray and Felicity travel to Central City for help with Ray’s A.T.O.M. Exosuit from Cisco, Caitlin and Wells. The villain’s origin will give her ties to Felicity and the two will even be considered hacker rivals who engage in a hacking battle that revolves around Felicity saving the Flash. It will be great to see the Bug-Eyed Bandit appear on the show and the gender change will offer a nice take on the origin story as well as adding more depth to Felicity’s story.
The first official picture of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) in the ATOM costume for Arrow has been released! I think that the suit looks pretty amazing and have been so happy since knowing we would get to see it this season on the show. A big part of what makes The Flash and Arrow so much fun is that they stick to the comic book style and are putting everyone into costumes. It will be great to see Palmer’s character get much more involvement and progression throughout the rest of the season, especially knowing it will payoff with him suiting up and hopefully joining the team!