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Wizard World Tulsa: Will Jon Bernthal Join Suicide Squad?

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Jon Bernthal and Scott Wilson were at the Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con this weekend and they mostly talked about their experience working on the hit zombie series The Walking Dead. However, a couple of fans asked Bernthal about working on the World War II movie Fury with director David Ayer. That led to a question about the DC Comics movie Suicide Squad, and Bernthal had an interesting answer to one of those questions.

Bernthal said that he loved working on Fury, saying that he really got to know his fellow cast members and said it was an honor to make a movie paying respect to the real life soldiers who fought in World War II. He also went on to compliment David Ayer, saying that the director is one of the best working today and has a huge, bright, future in Hollywood.

David Ayer will next direct the DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, the first DC Comics movie announced for the huge wave of DC Comics films that will follow Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. A fan mentioned how a lot of directors will want to work with their favorite actors again on future projects and asked if Bernthal would accept a role in Suicide Squad if asked.

Bernthal said, and I quote, ” I can’t talk about that right now.”

When the moderator mentioned that the Internet can thank Jon Bernthal for that, the actor went into repair mode and said that he didn’t mean it like that and that he loved working with David Ayer and would like to work with him in the future. However, he never denied that he was up for a role and never mentioned it again.

With that said, the only reason an actor would say that can’t talk about something is because there is something to talk about. That makes it look like either Jon Bernthal is at least up for a role in Suicide Squad or he is actively pursuing it.

El Mayimbe from Latino Review reported a rumored lineup for the Suicide Squad. Deadshot will be in it, which is no shock since he is the longest tenured member in the comics. Captain Boomerang is another. The other rumored members include Vixen, Blockbuster, Mindboggler, Jaculi and Multiplex. I could see Jon Bernthal as Multiplex (who recently appeared on TV’s The Flash) but I would love to see him get the role as Captain Boomerang, who is said to be one of the leads in the movie. Pair him with one of the major stars that they are looking at casting to play Deadshot, and that could be huge for Bernthal’s career.

Through his entire appearance at Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con, Bernthal seemed like one of the nicest, down-to-earth guys in the lineup and he really deserves all the success that he can find in Hollywood. Who would you want to see Jon Bernthal play if he does sign up for Suicide Squad? Chime in below with your thoughts.

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Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.

  • Connykid

    It was the moderator, who knew clearly knew jon based on their back & forth, that posed the Ayer question close to the top of the panel. Get your facts straight because the fact that this guy has moderated for bernthal before suggests he softballed a question that Bernthal new was coming

    • That’s actually not true, as I was in the audience and heard the girl ask the question. The moderator is the one who helped Bernthal deflect the “can’t speak on it now” comment.

      • Connykid

        The fan asked about Fury and the moderator asked the extended question connecting it to Ayer and Suicide Squad. I was in the audience as well. You should really connect the dots better. There is prob vid out there but you’re really really wrong on this and missing a big point.

        • Regardless of who asked the question, it doesn’t really change his answer and what it likely means. The point of the article is the same no matter whose mouth the question came from.

          • ConnyKid

            if that’s what you think, then you really are missing the point. a journalist, fan, agent, moderator, etc…when different people ask the same question they have different intentions behind it. A reporter is looking for news, a fan is probably more just curious and operating from a pure place. A moderator who is hired by the venue has probably already consulted with the person on stage. and if you were paying attention you’d see that Bernthall and the moderator kept mentioning things that suggested they knew each other and worked together before. (look at their little talk about swear words and then the same guy did robert englund and they also had those little familiar exchanges). very little research shows that this guy has been with them before. My guess is these guys already talked backstage (because no pro is going to put their panelist in a bad spot…like, you know chris hardwick has sort of prepped his people on Talking Dead and SDCC) and Bernthal knew the question was coming. That suggests there is more behind his answer. but you know, if you think that’s silly, then that’s cool but I couldn’t more strongly disagree with your assumption that it doesn’t matter who asked the question. I found your site because I was so intrigued by this little back and forth but I think you’re missing important by saying it was a fan, that’s why I bothered commenting

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