Last week we learned that Tom Hardy had dropped out of Warner Brothers’ Suicide Squad, the villain team-up movie, and that they were going after Jake Gyllenhaal as his replacement. Well, Jake G has passed, too. So the Suicide Squad remains one member short with production set to begin in April. It’s not cause for alarm—yet—but I’m not sure it’s a good sign that they’re having a late casting issue. WB prides themselves on their flashy superhero casting—Marvel is content to cherry pick no-names and turn them into stars, but WB likes the neon-bright casting announcements that come with scoring A-list names. There are only so many of those names available, though, and WB is going to run through options quickly. They might have to be content with a second-stringer here. Also, Jake G is tight with Suicide Squad’s director, David Ayer. That Ayer couldn’t sway him is curious, at least.
But it leaves Jake G free for my dream of having him in the Marvel universe. He is really funny, but we haven’t seen him in a lighthearted role in several years. There are only a few prominent roles left in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there are some interesting new characters coming down the pipe. Casting gods, smile upon us and put Jake G in one of the fun superhero suits.