Back at the beginning of March, we reported that Idris Elba would take up the mantel of Deadshot in the Suicide Squad sequel. I was actually excited by this news as I have never liked Will Smith in the role and thought the original could have been better cast. It was painfully obvious Smith was cast due to his star power, in hopes to give the movie a boost. In that respect, it worked out for the studio but Smith’s performance wasn’t great. That is, of course, my opinion.
Now, Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has decided to eliminate the Deadshot character and are moving Idris Elba into a new role. The exact role Elba would be taking on is unknown but the studio felt this was the right move. According to Variety, the production team didn’t want to Will Smith to feel disrespected by replacing him with Elba.
It is unknown what character Elba would now be playing, but after taking the last few weeks to discuss, everyone involved felt this was the right move. The team also did not want to feel as if it was disrespecting Smith, who helped bring this character to life for the first time, by replacing him with Elba. While many believe chances are still slim for a future return, the decision keeps the door open for Smith to possibly come back in future films, since his original reason for leaving had to do with scheduling and not creative differences.Variety
With Smith presumably out there will only be three original characters returning for the Suicide Squad sequel, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller). Jared Leto as the Joker doesn’t seem to be part of the equation but I’d be okay with that as I wasn’t fond of his performance either.Source: Variety