Ron Seifried | On 03, Dec 2014Comic book movies have long focused from the perspective of the hero’s good deed. This theme is about to change with DC Comics third installment of their superhero franchise that began with 2013’s Man of Steel. Suicide Squad is based on a group of antihero’s looking to redeem themselves by acting as deniable assets for the U.S. Government, operating out of the supervillain/metahuman Belle Reve Penitentiary in Louisiana on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Led by the prison director Dr. Amanda Waller, the Suicide Squad take on high-risk black-op missions as a way of redemption of past sins. But the villainous group inevitably run out on their own to commit other crimes, bringing superhero’s Superman, Batman the rest of the DC universe to the rescue. Originally debuting in 1959, DC Comics and Warner Bros. will base this cinematic entry on John Ostrander and Ryan Scott’s interpretation and incorporate into DC shared film universe. The screenplay is being written by Justin Marks, best known for penning Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Director David Ayer resume includes the critically acclaimed Fury and End of Watch. The casting announcement was rumored for some time, but it wasn’t until very recently that all the contracts were finalized. Academy Award winner Jared Leto will be the Joker; Will Smith is Deadshot; Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn; Tom Hardy will portray Rick Flag; Jai Courtney is Captain Boomerang and Cara Delevingne has been cast as Enchantress. Planned as the Ocean’s Eleven of comic book films, casting for Amanda Waller is reportedly centering around Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Warner Bros’ first choice, Oprah Winfrey. Jesse Eisenberg, currently cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman, also may reprise Superman’s arch nemesis role in the DC franchise. Filming is set to begin in April 2015 in Toronto for a August 5, 2016 release date.