The Marvel cinematic universe may be the most popular at the moment but DC has their eyes on your box office dollars and their offerings over the next few years are starting to look very tasty.
That include Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice in early 2016 but right now we're getting excited about Suicide Squad. Based on a series of stories about a supervillain team which does black ops for the American government, its being written and directed by David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) and is getting primed for an August 2016 release date.
That all sounds pretty cool but the really big news is the cast, which includes heavy-hitters like Will Smith, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman and Margot Robbie. That's just part of the crew and they've all sitting for table reads this week ahead, with production set to kick off in mid April. And naturally director Ayer shared a very starry photo.
Wow - let's name that cast and their known rolefrom left to right.
David Ayer (director), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Will Smith (Deadshot), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Jay Hernandez (role unknown), Karen Fukuhara (Plastique),Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang),Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn),Viola Davis (Amanda Waller),Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Adam Beach (Ravan), Jim Parrack (Deathstroke) and Ike Barinholtz (Hugo Strange).
The obvious ommission is Jared Leto as The Joker, which is an amazing role for the recent Oscar-winner. Leto himself has been teasing the look of the character on his personal Instagram but it's likely that right now the production wants to keep the transformation under wraps. Hopefully until we can see something in full costume.
There's a lot to like about this new DC universe creation, especially as it deals with characters who are a bit more interesting than the terrifically good but dull Superman. Rumours are suggesting the Suicide Squad story might take place between Man of Steel and Superman v Batman, so we can expect some kind of connection, despite Suicide Squad not arriving til later in 2016.
Suicide Squad is in cinemas in August 2016.