John Cena in talks for The Suicide Squad
The time is up for the real bad guys as John Cena’s time is now for The Suicide Squad as the 41-year-old wrestler turned actor has entered negotiations to star in the upcoming DC Extended Universe sequel for Warner Bros, according to Variety.
Though it’s unknown who Cena would portray in the film, should he star in the film, it would mark his debut into the comic book film world. He originally made a name for himself in the action genre in the mid-2000s with his acting debut in 2006’s The Marine, which has gained a cult following since its release. He subsequently broke out into the comedy world with a supporting role in 2015’s Trainwreck, for which he earned rave reviews, and has since starred in the family comedy film series Daddy’s Home and last year’s teen sex comedy Blockers, along with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Transformers prequel, Bumblebee.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will write and direct The Suicide Squad, which will act as a soft reboot for the franchise. While earlier this year a report suggested Margot Robbie will skip this sequel as well, the new report says that Harley Quinn will appear, though it’s less clear if Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flagg will return.
In addition to Robbie returning for a minor role in the film, Viola Davis returning as government team leader Amanda Waller and the size of Jai Courtney’s return as Captain Boomerang currently unknown, Will Smith dropped out as assassin Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot. The character was originally thought to return for the sequel with Idris Elba (Hobbs & Shaw) taking over the role, however it has since been revealed Elba will be portraying a completely new character. The film will introduce a roster of new characters to the franchise in a move that will propel the story forward in a way that’s both a sequel and a soft reboot for the franchise.
The first film, which hit theaters in August 2016, opened to mostly negative reviews from critics and mixed reviews from audiences, but was a large financial success, grossing nearly $750 million at the global box office off of a $175 million budget and went on to win an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, marking the first DCEU film to win an Oscar.
Warner Bros. has scheduled The Suicide Squad to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.