In West Philadelphia born and raised, on a playground is where he spent most of his days. To the surprise of no one, Will Smith will not be in the next Suicide Squad. Titled The Suicide Squad and being rebooted by James Gunn, version two is looking to take the team in an all-new (and hopefully better) direction. This means that along with Smith, no characters from the first movie will be returning for the second. Or, at least I should say that most aren’t returning. Rumour has it that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will be coming back.
Smith’s departure isn’t all that shocking. At 50 years old, he is busier than ever. He already has Bad Boys 3 and the sequel to the Netflix movie, Bright on his schedule. Fitting another blockbuster may be too consuming, even for the former Fresh Prince.
While understandable, the news is still saddening. Suicide Squad was a movie with very few bright spots. Of the bright spots, Smith was definitely a standout. When talking about the character, he said this, “I love playing Deadshot. I really enjoy that character.” It’s sad to know that he won’t be back.
In truth, as good as he was, he wasn’t meant to play Deadshot. Will Smith is a marquee name who shouldn’t have his name or acting abilities lost in an ensemble cast. If staying with superhero movies, Will Smith should be either transitioning into a mentor role (Alfred Pennyworth) or a much older outside of continuity Batman. Smith is a true talent and Deadshot, unfortunately, didn’t have the background needed for Smith to be more than he was.
The Suicide Squad has a tentative release date of August 6, 2021. With James Gunn’s involved the movie should be better than its Oscar Winning predecessor.