Superhero Buzz: 'Suicide Squad' Casting Rumors, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Alternate Ending, and More!

Superhero Buzz: 'Suicide Squad' Casting Rumors, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Alternate Ending, and More!

Nov 13, 2014

Looking for the latest on your favorite comic book heroes... and villains? We’ve got you covered in today’s Superhero Buzz column. Get up to speed with Suicide Squad casting rumors, an alternate ending to Guardians of the Galaxy, and check out Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man screen test.

Jai Courtney rumored to play Batman villain Deadshot in Suicide Squad

DC and Warner Bros. have been hard at work trying to line up talent for their upcoming supervillain film Suicide Squad. We know that they’ve already entered discussions with Jared Leto (who would play the Joker), Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Now we can add one more name to the mix: Terminator Genisys star Jai Courtney.

The latest buzz has Courtney potentially joining the cast as Batman nemesis Deadshot. Warner Bros. and DC haven’t responded to the rumor, but if it pans out this would be another big role for the Australian actor – who’s already appeared in a Die Hard film to go along with the upcoming Terminator entry. [via Variety]

James Gunn reveals Guardians of the Galaxy alternate ending

Guardians of the Galaxy

The ending of Guardians of the Galaxy is pretty much perfect as it is, but director James Gunn has revealed that the originally conceived close to his comic book space opera was slightly different. Obviously, you should stop reading here if you want to avoid SPOILERS.

Gunn has gone on the record saying that the original ending montage contained more characters – notably the Collector, Nebula and Grandpa Quill. Why were these guys cut? We’ll let Gunn explain in his own words.

“There are three characters that got cut out [of the "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" montage]: Nebula, the Collector and Grandpa Quill. Nebula and Collector we decided, at a certain point, they’re kind of bad guys in the first movie. It was a real joyous experience with that finale so we thought we’d keep it to the characters that were part of “the good team.” Which includes Yondu. He did fight on the good guys side. So we thought we would keep it to them.”

You can head over to /Film for more of the details about how those sequences looked. Unfortunately, none of this is turning up on the Guardians Blu-ray release, which is set to hit stores on December 9.

Watch Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man screen test

Looking back now, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark. However, when the first Iron Man film was casting, he wasn’t the obvious choice. While director Jon Favreau wanted RDJ for the part, the actor still had to do a screen test. You can see it below.

RDJ pretty much nails it here – which is a good thing because it not only relaunched his career, but it also helped launch Marvel’s entire cinematic universe. Sometimes, Hollywood gets it right. [via The Geek Twins]




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