Take this with a large grain of salt. Rumor around the geek pages is that Idris Elba, who has been cast in director James Gunn‘s reimaging of DC Film’s “The Suicide Squad” could be playing the role of Deathstroke, Slade Wilson.
When Elba first joined the cast it was believed he would be replacing Will Smith in the role of Deadshot, but those rumors were quickly shot down. This new rumor is an interesting one. Previously, True Blood and Magic Mike actor, Joe Manganiello, portrayed the big screen version of Deathstroke in an after credits scene in Joss Whedon‘s Justice League film. After being given the run around by Warner Bros for a couple years now, (Manganiello was in negotiations to be the villain in the defunct Ben Affleck Batman solo-film and was rumored to star in his own solo film.) Manganiello may have just cut bait and left the DC Cinematic Universe behind. Here is where the rumor started:
A certain Barstool Sports contributor took to Twitter in order to share this particular rumor regarding Idris Elba and Deathstroke.
Again, let’s start off by saying this could just be nothing. But what if it’s something? It would be absolutely nuts. Not only that, it would actually make sense in some ways. Deadshot and Deathstroke have certain, similar qualities. Assuming James Gunn had already finished the script and had a story in a place he liked, it would be easier to swap in a similar character, at least in broad terms, as to not disrupt things too much. Deathstroke would seem to fit that bill.
What we know for sure is that The Suicide Squad is aiming to film later this year. The cast also includes David Dastmalchian as Polka Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, John Cena as Peacemaker and Michael Rooker as King Shark, with Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney reprising his role as Captain Boomerang. Hopefully, we’ll hear some solid info regarding who Idris Elba is playing in the near future. The Suicide Squad is set to arrive in theaters on August 6, 2021.