Deadline has confirmed that Will Smith has decided to reprise his role as Deadshot, the de facto leader of the titular comic book team in Suicide Squad.
According to sources close to the franchise, Smith’s exit from the DCEU was amicable and that decision came down to scheduling conflicts.
Recall that he starred in the 2016 original installment alongside Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, and Margot Robbie. The David Ayer-directed film got mixed reviews but still raked in $746 million at the global box office. The commercial success pretty much secured a sequel as well as a Harley Quinn spin-off starring Robbie.
And it is worthy to remember that while celebrating his 50th birthday back in September, Smith responded to a fan who asked if he would return as Deadshot.
“I hope so. I love playing Deadshot, I’ve really enjoyed that character,” he said. “They’ve been talking about it, so if a good idea comes around… we’ve been having meetings. But I’d love to. I love Deadshot.”
We can’t wait for his official confirmation.