Just a cursory glance at social media seemed to radiate positivity to the news last month that James Gunn, formerly the keeper of the Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel Studios, was leaping to the DC side of things at Warner Bros. for the Suicide Squad sequel. Based upon Gunn’s work on Guardians there was no telling what kind of story or characters or anything else the director might pull out for audiences to see.
There is one thing though we now know we won’t see: Will Smith’s Deadshot.
According to Deadline, Smith has amicably split ways with the studio in regards to the sequel to the 2016 anti-hero/villain film. While Smith was not contractually connected to the film, it looks like there might have been interest but scheduling wise it just didn’t work out with Gunn hoping to begin shooting in Atlanta in September and Smith already connected to other projects.
Previous reports had indicated that Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, would feature a whole new cast but it had seemed likely that headliners Deadshot and Harley Quinn would find their way back into the squad. Harley will at least be there as it is confirmed that Margot Robbie will reprise the role from the first one that she is already set to reprise in next year’s Birds of Prey film.
Despite Smith’s exit, there is always the possibility that either Deadshot played by Smith or another actor could return in the future if the sequel does well enough to get another sequel or if rumors of plans for a solo Deadshot film ever come to fruition.
Who else will join Harley is uncertain at this point, but Gunn definitely has a lot of characters to choose from on the DC side of things as the Squad has had so many different members through the various incarnations over the decades.
The Suicide Squad is set to arrive on August 6, 2021.