EXCLUSIVE: On the DC Comics-heavy slate that Warner Bros laid out for Wall Street last week, the film Suicide Squad was the only one lacking a clear identification to the superhero-themed franchises that will dominate the slate through 2020. That might change. I hear that Warner Bros is in discussions with Jesse Eisenberg to take the Lex Luthor character he will unveil in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and transfer the villain character to Suicide Squad. As Deadline reported, Will Smith and Tom Hardy are the being sought hard to star in the David Ayer-directed action film along with The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie. Charles Roven is producing.
This would complicate the expectation that Eisenberg would star in the Todd Phillips-directed Arms And The Dudes. I’m hearing it’s unlikely he would be able to do both. He’s already set to reprise in Now You See Me 2, and this one is a clear priority since Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street that it would be a 2016 release. There’s also a Zombieland 2 sequel that got some momentum with Dave Callaham writing the draft for Ruben Fleischer.
The premise: A group of supervillains are brought together to tackle high-risk black ops missions for the government. This is one in the growing universe of DC properties and getting this duo would be the makings of a pretty good mission movie. Stay tuned. CAA reps Eisenberg, who stars in American Ultra. Warner Bros would not comment.