King Shark Cast in The Suicide Squad

If you listen to my podcast here on Ph LEVEL, Analog, then you’ll know that we’ve been a proponent from the very beginning of the casting of Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy) as King Shark in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Now, according to The Wrap, our wish has come true, as James Gunn has cast his longtime collaborator as the son of the Shark God. With Rooker out at Guardians of the Galaxy, it was only a matter of time before Gunn cast him in his next cinematic universe, and this level of perfect casting just doesn’t happen too often.

Michael Rooker joins an already impressive cast with David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, John Cena, and Idris Elba, as well as a returning Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, and Margot Robbie, reprising their roles from the 2016 film.

UPDATE: Michael Rooker has debunked this casting announcement, claiming it to be false. Unfortunately for us… Rooker is pretty known for messing with people until the time is right.


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Ratcatcher Cast in The Suicide Squad

The cast of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad continues to surprise, with Variety reporting that the director has cast Portuguese model/actress Daniela Melchior in the role of Ratcatcher. Ratcatcher started as a late-80’s Batman villain named Otis Flannegan who has the ability to telepathically communicate with and control rats. While Flannegan is a male, the film will see the role gender-swapped, with a mysterious connection to Deadshot rumored, as well.

Flannegan joins David Dastmalchian, John Cena, and Idris Elba, alongside a returning Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Joel Kinnaman. The Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 6th, 2021.

Polka-Dot Man Cast in The Suicide Squad

The first new addition to James Gunn’s upcoming reboot-sequel, The Suicide Squad, has been announced. The Hollywood Reporter has word that David Dastmalchain (Ant-Man) has been cast as Polka-Dot Man in the film. Polka-Dot Man is a meta-human with the ability to grow large powered-up dots all over his body.

He joins Idris Elba, and a returning Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, and Jai Courtney. The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 6th, 2021.

John Cena in Talks for The Suicide Squad

James Gunn’s upcoming reboot-sequel, The Suicide Squad, just keeps getting more ridiculous as Variety is reporting that John Cena is in talks to join the cast in an undisclosed role. There’s no telling whether he could join the new team, or perhaps face-off as a villain, but either way, this is yet another addition to a film that is looking better and better each week.

John Cena joins previously announced Idris Elba, and the returning Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Joel Kinneman as Rick Flagg. The Suicide Squad hits theaters August 6th, 2021.

Idris Elba Playing New Character in The Suicide Squad

While it was previously reported that Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) would be joining James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad as Deadshot, replacing Will Smith, we’ve learned that Elba will in fact play a new character that has yet to be revealed in the film.
According to Variety, the choice to move on from Deadshot was due the studio “not wanting it to feel as if it was disrespecting Smith.” Smith’s departure was on good terms and only due to schedule conflicts, and this leaves the door open for Smith to reprise his role at a later date, if he chooses to do so.

The role that Elba will be playing is still being kept under wraps, though the character is confirmed to be a character from the Suicide Squad comics.

Viola Davis Returning as Amanda Waller

It looks like the reboot title for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is in trouble, as more and more of the original cast of the 2016 film is returning for the follow-up. According to The Wrap, Viola Davis will be reprising her role as Amanda Waller, the head of Task Force X, and ruthless authority figure that proved herself more villain than hero in the original film.

Not that this is bad news. The 2016 Suicide Squad was a well-cast film with bad direction and writing, it had potential but wasn’t quite there. With Gunn at the helm it’s exciting to see what they all do.

Jai Courtney Returning for The Suicide Squad

While we thought that James Gunn’s upcoming reboot-sequel, The Suicide Squad, would feature a generally fresh cast of super-villains, it seems that won’t entirely be the case. According to /Film, Jai Courtney will be reprising his role as George “Digger” Harkness, a.k.a. Captain Boomerang, who made his debut in the 2016 film.

Courtney’s Captain Boomerang was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise critically-panned film. He chewed the set off every scene he was in, and was clearly having the time of his life making the film.

James Gunn Reinstated for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

In a shocking about-face, Deadline is reporting that Marvel Studios and Disney have reinstated James Gunn as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Several months after a manufactured controversy forced Disney to fire the much-loved director, Disney CEO Alan Horn has said he’s met with Gunn numerous times, and after discussion regarding his handling of the matter and public apology, the studio has opted to bring him back.

Backlash from all sides seem to have won out, as principle cast members of the previous Guardians of the Galaxy films, as well as Kevin Feige himself have stood up for Gunn in the time since. Gunn has since signed on to direct the upcoming reboot for The Suicide Squad starring Idris Elba and Margot Robbie, which still seems to be next on his busy docket.

Regardless of what happens next. It’s nice to have Gunn back at the helm of the franchise that he brought to critical acclaim.

Idris Elba to Replace Will Smith as Deadshot in Suicide Squad

After news broke that Will Smith may not be returning to the role of Deadshot in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, many of us were wondering what the future of the character would hold. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Idris Elba will be stepping in for the role, as he was the studio’s one and only choice to replace Smith.

The split was amicable, as Smith’s busy schedule just wouldn’t allow for the film. Now, in its place, Warner Bros. has selected one of the hottest actors in the world, with Elba next being seen opposite Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Hobbs & Shaw. He joins Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn when The Suicide Squad releases on August 6th, 2021.

Will Smith Not Returning for Suicide Squad 2

While it was initially reported that Will Smith’s Deadshot would be returning alongside Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, it would seem the dates just couldn’t be worked out with Smith’s schedule, and he has opted not to return for The Suicide Squad, helmed by James Gunn. Interestingly, however, sources within the studio claim that the character could be replaced in the installment to keep the door open for Smith to return in a future film.

That honestly seems like the best idea, as Will Smith was arguably the heart of that entire film, with Margot Robbie being the star.

James Gunn to Direct The Suicide Squad

The Hollywood Reporter have learned that DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures have reached an agreement with fan-favorite director, James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) to direct The Suicide Squad for the studio. In addition to directorial duties, he is writing the screenplay, with the film set for release on August 6th, 2021.

It’s rumored that, while Margot Robbie and Will Smith will reprise their roles as Harley Quinn and Deadshot, respectively, the rest of the characters will be recast.

First Trailer for James Gunn Produced Brightburn

We’ve known for a while that Sony Pictures would be releasing a horror film, produced by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), but details were kept quiet on the project. Now, we have an official title, cast, and even a first trailer for the upcoming twist on a classic superhero origin, Brightburn. The film is directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and written by Mark Gunn & Brian Gunn. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) stars alongside David Denman (Power Rangers), Jackson A. Dunn (Shameless), Matt Jones (Home) and Meredith Hagner (Younger).

“What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.”

James Gunn Working on New Suicide Squad Film


After being fired from Marvel Studios, in what many believe was an unwarranted move, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have confirmed that James Gunn is in final talks to write, and possibly direct a new Suicide Squad film for the studio. Gavin O’Connor had previously been announced as the writer-director on the sequel, but it would seem things have changed on that front, with the Guardians of the Galaxy director now taking the chair.

Little is known at this time, but stay tuned for updates as this story is still currently developing.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Set for 2020


James Gunn has confirmed on his Facebook that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be arriving in just under 3 years, setting the film firmly to release in 2020. He also confirmed that it will be titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to close out the trilogy.

Marvel has already secured 2020 dates for as-yet unnamed films on May 1, August 7, and November 6, which likely puts Guardians in its now-infamous May slot to open the summer.