The new The Suicide Squad concept art features Idris Elba as a different character

More than a year has passed since then The Suicide Squad hit theaters and took fans of the DC Universe on an unexpected journey. In the eyes of some fans, the project would not have been a success without its thrown together ensemble cast of characters, many of whom are absolutely lesser known in DC Comics. The focus was Robert DuBois / Bloodsport (Idris Elba), one of the film’s central protagonists – a role that surprised some, especially after rumors that he could be taking on other DC characters, including Floyd Lawton / Deadshot, in the role of Will Smith in 2016 suicide squad. While Elba has since hinted that the rumors were meant to shake off speculation before the film was released, some newly emerged concept art hints at just how far that went. The concept art shared by David Levy on Behance actually shows Elba in Deadshot’s costume colors in one of the film’s highlight scenes.

“It was no longer a sham. We just had to give it a name because we didn’t know what DC Universe character we were going to use,” Elba said Comicbook.com in 2021. “Well, Vigilante just felt like a good red herring for anyone who was curious. And ultimately, we really wanted to get the character right and figure out who makes sense in this version of Suicide Squad. So listen, I’m glad people were surprised because the Deadshot character is an incredible character and should come back.”

Will Deadshot return in the DC Universe?

The DC Universe has now taken a new path The Suicide Squad‘s James Gunn and Peter Safran, who now jointly run DC Studios, are definitely leaving fans wondering which past characters might eventually return. As Safran and even Smith themselves explained around The Suicide Squad‘s release prevented planning for his return in the film.

“We’ve talked about it,” Safran admitted of Smith’s possible return The Suicide Squad on a set visit in 2019. “But I think the will [Smith] of everything was really more of a timing thing than anything else. We knew we had to start filming in September because, to be honest, we probably knew earlier than most that James was going to come back and do it Guardian. So it was really important that we start filming when we started filming and Will wasn’t available and that made it easier overall. What are you going to do? He is not available. So, honestly, it’s also nice to help separate it from the first film in a bigger way, I think.”

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