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Thanks to his role as Rorschach in Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Jackie Earle Haley already has some big time comic book movie cred on his resume, but if new rumors are to be taken seriously, he may soon find himself in the growing DC Cinematic Universe playing the role of The Thinker in David Ayer's Suicide Squad.
This story originates from a Latino-Review reporter, who claims that he's heard sources toss around Jackie Earle Haley's name in connection with the aforementioned role. It's worth noting that the post doesn't seem to have a ton of confidence in the rumor and suggests that it should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, given the actor's great talent and his history with Zack Snyder, it's not too hard to believe that David Ayer and the folks at Warner Bros. and DC Comics might have him under consideration.
Multiple characters have gone by the name "The Thinker" or "Thinker" in DC Comics, but he original version was born Clifford DeVoe, and is best known for making use of a specially designed helmet that would actually give him limited telekinetic and mind control abilities. It's unclear exactly how the character would fit into the Suicide Squad movie, but in the comics he has been featured as a member of the team - which consists of supervillains willing to participate in dangerous black ops missions in order to reduce their individual sentences. You can get a look at him side-by-side with Haley in the image below:
Should Jackie Earle Haley wind up boarding the film, he will be in really good company, as the film has a rather impressive ensemble lined up. Right at the top there's Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker, but the rest of cast includes Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Haley's RoboCop co-star Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. It has also been rumored that Jesse Eisenberg will be reprising his Lex Luthor role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the movie, and reports have also said that Jay Hernandez is attached to the project as well.
With a release date scheduled for August 5, 2016, production on Suicide Squad is expected to start up in the next couple weeks, which hopefully means that it won't be long until Warner Bros. and DC announce the full official cast for the comic book movie. We'll be patiently waiting.