The Suicide Squad: Idris Elba Didn’t Want To Take The Place Of Will Smith’s Deadshot

Idris Elba confessed that he did not want to take the place of Will Smith’s Deadshot when he took the role of Bloodsport in James Gunn’s the Suicide Squad. The reboot of the original 2016 film has officially been released in theatres and on HBO Max. The newly released movie features various new characters, with some of the fan favourites returning from the original film.

Will Smith Won’t Be Returning As Deadshot In The Suicide Squad.

Even though 2016’s Suicide Squad, directed by Ayer, was an ensemble film in many ways, the central focus was arguably Will Smith’s Deadshot. Floyd Lawton, a professional sharpshooter and a frequent adversary of Batman played by Ben Affleck, finds himself recruited by Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis. Lawton eventually emerges to command the task force X against the enchantress portrayed by Cara Delavigne.

The Suicide Squad Idris Elba Didn't Want To Take The Place Of Will Smith's Deadshot
The Suicide Squad Idris Elba Didn’t Want To Take The Place Of Will Smith’s Deadshot

Will Smith portrayed an uncertain hero with an understanding of dreadful empathy as a man who wants his daughter to see him as more than a bad guy. After his character survived in the 2016 Suicide Squad, Will Smith’s Deadshot was expected to return along with characters like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag.

Idris Elba, to replace Will Smith as Deadshot?

The Suicide Squad Idris Elba Didn't Want To Take The Place Of Will Smith's Deadshot
The Suicide Squad Idris Elba Didn’t Want To Take The Place Of Will Smith’s Deadshot

When the news came out that Will Smith won’t be reprising his role as Deadshot in the spin-off movie, followed by Idris Alba being cast for an unknown role gave rise to rumours that Elba would take Will’s place Deadshot for the sequel. However, the rumours were proved inaccurate.

Idris Elba Didn’t Want To Take Over Will’s role. 

Recently Elba talked about all those rumours in an interview with ET. The actor revealed that he didn’t want to replace Will Smith as Deadshot. He admitted that he was happy to take the role of Bloodsport. James Gunn offered Elba the role of a professional assassin who has a complicated relationship with and an alienated daughter just like Will’s Deadshot.

Idris said it was natural for those rumours to surface as Will announced he wouldn’t be coming back, which led the fans to think that he was being cast for the role of Deadshot. Also, Idris said that he’s happy that James offered him a different role as he didn’t want to take over Will’s Deadshot.

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Even if Elba was not chosen as Deadshot, he did get the role of Bloodsport partly due to Will Smith’s unavailability to return. During an interview with Screen Rant, the producer of the movie, Peter Safran, revealed that initially, the plan was to bring Deadshot back as the team leader, but that couldn’t happen due to Will Smith’s schedule. Thus, Elba was chosen for the role of Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad.

 Fans misunderstood the whole situation; the original plan was for Elba’s Bloodsport to replace Will’s Deadshot as the leader of the team and not for Elba to replace Will as Deadshot.

We suggest the fans so don’t be disappointed as everything will probably work out for the best. Both Deadshot and Bloodsport share some similarities, but the way Elba has enacted Bloodsport has its own flair, and it is entirely different from what we saw in Smith’s Deadshot.

Hopefully, these two deadly assassins will cross paths in the future since the door to DCEU remains open for Will Smith. The Suicide has been released in theatres and is streaming on HBO Max, so those who haven’t seen the sequel yet, watch it.

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