After a lackluster year at the box office, 2016 is shaping up to be quite huge for Warner Bros., as they launch their DC Comics Extended Universe (DCEU) with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016) and Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016). We have only seen one trailer for Suicide Squad so far, but it is already shaping up to be one of next year's most highly-anticipated movies. As many fans know, this villainous team almost turned out a bit differently, since Tom Hardy was originally set to play Rick Flagg.
Unfortunately, production on the actor's new drama The Revenant was significantly delayed, which forced him to drop out of Suicide Squad. This lead to Joel Kinnaman taking over the role of Rick Flagg, just a month before production got under way in Toronto. While promoting The Revenant in an interview with Variety, the actor revealed that he was "bummed" about losing the Suicide Squad role.
"It punched right into that, yeah. That got derailed for me. Was I bummed? Of course I was. I hate f---ing losing work. I kept bemoaning that they were losing me significant money on a daily basis. Actually, it was good for my character."
His character, John Fitzgerald, is the primary antagonist in The Revenant, who leaves Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) for dead after he was brutally attacked by a bear. It seems that the actor transferred his anger over losing the Suicide Squad to his nefarious character John Fitzgerald. There had been rumors that Tom Hardy left Suicide Squad because he was unhappy with the direction of his character, but the actor shot down that rumor in May, saying he was "gutted" to lose that role.
The actor also added in May that he loved the dynamic between The Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) in Suicide Squad, adding that he thinks Suicide Squad will be a very important film for fans. Would you have rather seen Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in Suicide Squad? Or do you think Joel Kinnaman will do a fine job? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on Suicide Squad.