Idris Elba played Robert DuBois in The Suicide Squad, a mercenary known as Bloodsport who was sentenced to Belle Reve penitentiary after being convicted of shooting Superman with a Kryptonite bullet. The Man of Steel didn’t turn up in The Suicide Squad, but Idris Elba would like to see that story told.
Variety caught up with Idris Elba at the New York premiere of Beast, where the actor said he “would definitely like to tell the Superman story. There’s no doubt. Bloodsport versus Superman. It needs to happen.” As Bloodsport was one of the few characters to survive the events of The Suicide Squad, we might just get to see Idris Elba in the DCEU again. Once upon a time, there was a chance that Bloodsport and the rest of the Suicide Squad would actually have faced off against Superman in the movie. “[There] was a time when I thought that The Suicide Squad should fight Superman,” Gunn said, but admitted that it didn’t take him long to scrip the idea. “At the time, there were a lot of questions about, ‘Who is Superman in the DCEU? Is this movie outside the DCEU?,’ and all that stuff that I didn’t really want to deal with that much. I just wanted to tell a good story.“
Idris Elba will next be seen starring in Beast, a survival thriller which follows a recently widowed husband (Elba) who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with his two young daughters to a game reserve managed by an old family friend and fellow wildlife biologist. Soon a ferocious, man-hunting lion begins attacking them and devouring anyone in its path. “
Baltasar Kormákur directed Beast from a screenplay by Ryan Engle, based on a story by Jaime Primak Sullivan. “It’s a monster movie, but it’s kind of the anti-monster movie,” Ryan Engle said. “You have a unique situation where the hero and the villain, the villain being the lion, share the same desire to protect their family. It’s a really cool symbiotic relationship where they have to fight it out, but they’re going for the same thing.” Beast will hit theaters on August 19th.
Would you like to see Bloodsport go toe-to-toe with Superman?