According to Gonzalez, Common is playing a none-too-remarkable character from the comics called Abel Tarrant aka Tattooed Man. Set photos already confirmed that for us – Tattooed Man, as his name would suggest, is a supervillain who can manipulate the many tattoos on his body, bringing them to life so he can wreak havoc on those around him. That’s not the big scoop here – what Gonzalez is more up in arms about, and you’ll be more interested in as well, is the supposed identity of Eastwood’s character.
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It’s worth noting at this point that, though Gonzalez has a fairly good track record with this kind of stuff, he already got Eastwood’s role wrong once, saying that the Longest Ride actor was playing Wonder Woman love interest Steve Trevor in Suicide Squad, which has been since debunked with Chris Pine in talks to play the love interest in that film (which will also take place in an entirely different geographic corner of the DC Universe). So if you trust him here, that’s your call – I’m a little tentative, though the scoopster says Comic-Con will see him corroborated by the studio.
According to Gonzalez, one of his sources on set was able to glimpse a last name on Eastwood’s chest – WILSON – and a first letter of the first name – S. Now, for those of you wondering why the DC diehards around you are already squealing with delight, that’s S. Wilson as in SLADE WILSON – aka Deathstroke, one of the most feared villains in the entire DC Comic Universe. I’ll let that sink in.
Gonzalez speculates that Suicide Squad will find Wilson first in his pre-Deathstroke life, with the character evolving into the supervillain by the end of the pic. Eastwood has signed a multi-film deal, so this could be his origin story.
Suicide Squad opens August 5, 2016, but we’ll likely know if Gonzalez’s reporting is up to scratch sooner than that, with Comic-Con just around the corner.