Jai Courtney Eyed for Batman Villain Deadshot in ‘Suicide Squad’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jai Courtney Deadshot DC Suicide Squad

“Terminator: Genesys” star Jai Courtney is in talks for a major role in Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” that could prove to be Batman villain Deadshot, sources tell Variety.

Tom Hardy, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are also in various stages of discussions to join the super-villainous movie, which is being written and directed by “Fury” filmmaker David Ayer.

“Suicide Squad,” produced by Charles Roven, will be released in summer 2016.

Warner Bros. had no comment on this story.

Based on the DC comic book, the story centers on the team of super villains who are given a chance at redemption by the government. The catch: Their mission will probably kill them all.

Warner Bros. is courting Leto to play the Joker in the film, Robbie for Harley Quinn and Hardy for Rick Flag, a founding member of the Suicide Squad. As for Smith, it’s uncertain which character he will play, but sources say it’s likely the Flash nemesis Digger Harkness a.k.a. Captain Boomerang.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, who co-stars in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” may also join the film.

Though the character of Deadshot isn’t as well known as Lex Luthor or the Joker, he’s a key villain in the “Batman” comic book universe. Also known as Floyd Lawton, Deadshot has a major death wish and a strong bond with Catwoman, although there’s been no confirmation yet that Catwoman will make an appearance in the pic.

WB could obviously give Deadshot and other “Suicide Squad” members their own standalone films should the super-villain movie prove a success.

As for Courtney, “Suicide Squad” would mark yet another major Hollywood franchise the Australian has landed in a short amount of time. He broke out as John McClane’s son in “A Good Day to Die Hard” and followed that up as a villain in “Divergent,” with plans to reprise the role in “Insurgent,” which bows next year.

He also plays Kyle Reese in the next “Terminator” pic, “Terminator: Genisys,” which opens next summer and co-stars Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke as her son, John.

Courtney is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Morrissey Management.

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  1. Jai Courtney will be perfect to play Deadshot. Will Smith would be perfect as Bronze Tiger.

  2. Lilly says:

    Will Smith must play Bronze Tiger for this movie to work!

  3. I thought that Will Smith was up for the Bronze Tiger role. Jai Courtney would be perfect for Deadshot. I can’t wait to learn who else up for the role in Suicide Squad.

  4. Lance says:

    Seems like movie wise DC is always following in Marvels footsteps trying to emulate their success and doing it badly. There are some good potentially good casting choices there with Hardy and Leto, but so many head scratchers Courtney seems destined to be the next Sam Worthington to me, a guy Hollywood pushes really hard who’s just boring as watching paint dry on screen. Generic action star #7.

  5. Okay..Will Smith as Captain Boomerang? Seriously? How about Bronze Friggin Tiger? And Deadshot is tight with Catwoman? Been a huge fan of Deadshot for decades and never heard that before.Might want to double check that.

  6. edenrose says:

    LOVED him as Varro in Spartacus!

  7. Matt says:

    Wouldnt it make sence for Jai to play Digger ak Captain Boomerang considering he is Australian and the character is Australian. ? Just saying

  8. And why we don’t see a good-looking, nice, talented actor like Josh Hartnett in these big movies anymore??? Some execs should check John Logan’s Penny Dreadful…

  9. I just don’t understand how any studio executive can think “ohh, Jai Courtney is perfect for this role”.

  10. I’ll be honest: I just hate Courtney. And when I imagine that Momoa or Gadot will have their own movies… Marvel knows how to cast their leads but DC… not sure.

  11. Jay Courtney AKA another Worthington, Kitsch or Hedlund. BTW what happened to Logan Marshall-Green?

  12. Guest says:

    So boring. Also this guy has how many franchises? Please no. So boring. So bland.

  13. Smith as Captain Boomerang? No thanks. Not that I’m against the idea of a skin color change, I’m well aware that there are black people from Australia, and I’m fine with that. I just don’t want to have to suffer through 2 hours of what Will Smith thinks an Australian accent is supposed to sound like.

    Also, not digging the idea of Jai Courtney as Deadshot. I’d rather see someone with a bit more charisma.

    Not much that can be done about Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor, that’s already set in stone, so if Luthor is in the Suicide Squad movie, well, guess we’re just gonna have to suck it up.

    I’m mostly okay with everything else though.

  14. Tali Adina says:

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  15. Yea i think you guys mixed up Will smith’s and Jai Courtney’s characters. Wouldn’t make sense to for Smith to be playing Captain Boomerang but the character is Australian. Would be weird to change his race because Boomerang is generally consider Australian device. Jai Courtney on the other hand is in fact an Aussie. Therefore Will smith is headshot and Jai Courtney is Captain boomerang.

  16. MShawn says:

    Haha.. Will Smith as an Australian. Guys, it’s more likely he’s up for Bronze Tiger.

    • Will Smith still could be Captain Boomerang. Australia does have black people, so the “race switch” could be fine. What’s not fine is having to suffer through what Will Smith thinks an Australian accent is supposed to sound like.

  17. OK right says:

    What is it with directors obsession with this guy? Jai has to be one of the blandest actors out there right now.

  18. Jared Purdom says:

    So they are hiring an Australian actor to be Deadshot while casting WILL SMITH as an Australian character that throws freaking boomerangs?

  19. Stephen says:

    Is he any good or just this year’s Sam Worthington?

  20. RJR says:

    Will Smith as an Australian???? Uh-huh. Makes as much sense as Leto for Joker.

  21. I can’t wait to see the Suicide Squad in 2016. I hope that it will be a winner.

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