Hardy Talks “Suicide Squad” Departure

One of the more disappointing exits from a project in recent times has been that of Tom Hardy from David Ayer’s upcoming “Suicide Squad” film at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Hardy was in talks to play Rick Flagg, the leader of the Suicide Squad, but had to drop out over scheduling conflicts with his most recent project “The Revenant” running over time. Joel Kinnaman ultimately took over the role, a solid actor but not as striking as Hardy.

Speaking with Collider during press for next week’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” release, Hardy revealed that he was disappointed not to be a part of the film as he found it very ‘alley’ (slang for ‘cool’):

“Warner Bros. is my home studio and I love them so I was really bummed out. I wanted to work on that and I know the script is really fucking alley and I also know what’s gonna happen with The Joker and Harley Quinn in that; I won’t give away too much…it’s fucking alley. And that whole territory is something that I would certainly – I mean, everybody loves The Joker. Everybody loves The Joker. Will Smith is a dope guy, but everybody loves The Joker and that’s gonna, I think, be a very important film for fans.”

Hardy also confirmed that schedule overruns on Alejandro Inarritu’s 1800s-set revenge drama “The Revenant” were to blame for his dropout:

“There’s a very practical element as to why I’ve missed out on that foray, which is because Alejandro [G. Inarritu] has overshot by three months in Calgary, so we’ve got to go back out to Patagonia or Alaska to continue shooting The Revenant which has turned into a much bigger beast than we thought, but that also looks exceptional.

Literally we wrapped in Calgary for now until we go back in July. It would have smashed the two, I would’ve had a beard. It was just not gonna happen so I got ass-slammed technically out of Suicide Squad, gutted, so I had to hand it over to Joel Kinnaman, who will do an amazing job. It’s just I got bumped out, and that’s cool that’s the way it is.”

Speaking of “Suicide Squad,” Bruce Timm has now weighed in on Margot Robbie’s take on Harley Quinn – a character Timm co-created with Paul Dini on the 1990s “Batman” animated series. He tells io9: “I just saw the pic like a couple hours ago. It was interesting. I was frankly a little nervous about what Harley would look like, but I thought she looked really cool. So I’m optimistic, we see. “

“The Revenant” is targeting a Christmas 2015 limited release ahead of opening wider in January. “Suicide Squad” opens August 5th next year.