When Suicide Squad hits theaters in August 2016, it’s going to feature a cast full of villains, government figures and even a certain vigilante from Gotham City. It’s one of these characters that director David Ayer seemingly teased last night on social media, and while their identity is a mystery, this person is armed and ready for battle:
Ayer Tweeted this photo of a silhouetted individual on the Suicide Squad set. While the person’s features can’t be made out, what is clear is that they’re wearing a baseball cap and holding some kind of assault rifle. It also looks like they might be wearing headphones, similar in size to ones you might wear at a gun range to block the booming noises. Ayer isn’t saying who this person is, but we have a few guesses of our own.
Although he hasn’t been officially announced, it’s been heavily rumored for several months that Deathstroke is appearing in Suicide Squad, with one report saying that this is who Jim Parrack is playing. Deathstroke is a talented mercenary who relies on various weapons to take out enemies, so an assault rifle would be just one tool in his massive arsenal. That said, chances are that if this is Slade Wilson, it’s him out of costume. The cap and headphones wouldn’t go well with his famed orange and black mask.
There’s already at least one bad guy we know will be packing major heat: Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot, played by superstar Will Smith. In both the Suicide Squad cast photo and his own portrait, he was holding a rifle while suited up, and considering how keen Deadshot’s aim is, he would definitely use a rifle like this out in the field. However, like Deathstroke, this would likely be the character out of costume. Maybe he’s just getting in some shooting practice before heading out of one of the Squad’s notoriously dangerous missions.
Making sure the villains don’t get out of hand on missions is the job of Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag in Suicide Squad. Like Deadshot, he was holding a rifle in the cast photo, and of all the possible options, this one seems like it’s the likeliest possibility. Since Flag is a government operative, he’s not donning an unusual costume like the supervillains, and while a ball cap and headphones aren’t necessarily regulation military uniform, maybe this is part of an undercover getup he’s wearing.
Someone On The Crew
Who’s to say this is even one of the characters in Suicide Squad? Just because you’re not appearing on-screen doesn’t mean you can’t handle the equipment. This could just be one of the crew members posing with a gun, like earlier in the year when Ayer posted a photo of a crew member testing out a flamethrower. Admittedly, holding a gun while standing in shadow isn’t quite the same as using something that spews fire, but it’s along the same lines. My primary guess would be that it’s Mr. Ayer himself, who just wanted to get a shot of himself looking badass without people knowing for sure it was him. Also, if you closely to the left side of this person’s face (his right), there’s might be a hint of a mustache – a facial hair style that Ayer wears proudly.
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