The Suicide Squad assembles for first cast photo (with some new faces)

If you'd told me this time last year that Suicide Squad was going to be one of the most anticipated comic-book movies of the next two years, I would've called you crazy, but here we are. Writer/director David Ayer's DC Comics-based flick has assembled an intriguing cast, they're playing some intriguing characters, and the film seems ready to take the darker side (as opposed to the Justice League side) of the DC Universe and break it wide open. Based on everything we've heard, confirmed and unconfirmed, there are a lot of DC characters making their big-screen debut in this flick, and a new cast photo confirms just how big the gang is.

Yesterday, Ayer tweeted out this photo:

The photo's interesting for several reasons, and I don't mean because Jared Leto's not in it. For one thing, we see some rumored cast members made official by the photo, and for another, there are those three guys standing up on the far right. They are, from left to right, Adam Beach (Windtalkers), Jim Parrack (True Blood) and Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project). We didn't expect to see any of them in this photo, nor do we know who they're playing, but of course, the rumors have already begun.

After the photo surfaced, Latino Review reported that Beach is rumored to play Ravan (a DC villain who's a member of Onslaught), Parrack is the final choice for Deathstroke (a role fellow True Blood star Joe Manganiello was previously up for, but reportedly Warner Bros. wanted to cast younger), and Barinholtz is longtime Batman nemesis Dr. Hugo Strange. All three are unconfirmed, but at the very least we know they're all part of the film's cast now.

Oh, and in case you want a rundown of everyone in the photo ...

Standing, left to right: Ayer, Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), Jay Hernandez (rumored as El Diablo), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Beach (rumored as Ravan), Parrack (rumored as Deathstroke) and Barinholtz (rumored as Hugo Strange).

Seated, left to right: Will Smith (Deadshot), Karen Fukuhara (Plastique), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress). 

Suicide Squad hits theaters Aug. 5, 2016. 

(Via Twitter)

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