Will Smith seems to have rather lofty ambitions for his role in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The DC super-villain team-up has assembled a stellar cast, and Smith thinks that the film will be strong enough that he’ll be able to bring something major to the table. The word on the street, ever since Tom Hardy left the project, is that Smith’s character (Deadshot) is a big focal point in the film’s plot. As such, Smith has told MTV what he intends to do with that spotlight.
“With this character and the DC world, I love that Iâ€™m getting the opportunity for the global definition of Deadshot,â€ says the megastar. â€œThereâ€™s been Deadshot in little appearances here and there, thereâ€™s an idea, but Deadshot isnâ€™t defined, really. I get to be a part of the creation that will be the biggest historical image of Deadshot.”
While the exact terms of his deal with WB/DC are unknown at this time, one would have to think that it’s very possible we could see Deadshot be front and center as an antagonist for one of Ben Affleck’s solo Batman outings. Could be cool, no? Smith vs Affleck? Then again, if he’s portrayed as more of an anti-hero than a straight-up villain then he’d likely just amount to “mini-boss” of sorts in a Batfleck flick. We shall see.
What do you think? Do you think Smith has what it takes to define Deadshot, the way Robert Downey Jr defined Iron Man or the way Brandon Lee remains the face of The Crow? With characters like Deadshot, that live just under the radar of mainstream audiences, there’s always the opportunity for an actor to come in and create something special that brings them to the forefront. Justlook at Chris Pratt and Star-Lord. It’s always comforting to hear a star of Smith’s magnitude speak with such excitement and ambition about a project like this.
Now let’s just hope that the script is strong enough for him to follow through on his goals, and that Ayer brings his End of Watch and Training Day A-game to the film.