Idris Elba talks Bloodsport's DC future – and whether he could appear in another Suicide Squad movie

The Suicide Squad
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Idris Elba has addressed the status of his Suicide Squad character Bloodsport in a new interview with the Inside Total Film podcast.

Elba, who appeared in James Gunn's 2021 The Suicide Squad movie as the hotshot anti-hero, reveals that he doesn't know what plans DC has for the character – but could see him appearing in another movie.

"I love Bloodsport. I have no idea what they want to do with it. I imagine that the next time we see Bloodsport would probably be in a [Suicide Squad] movie," Elba says. "I don't think they have any plans to give him his own franchise but there's a possibility."

It's unclear where Elba's character would fit into DC's current plans. In January, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn unveiled the first plans for a new cinematic universe. DC Chapter One: Gods and Monsters features at least five movies and five TV shows, with more to come.

Next up for Elba is a return for another familiar face: tough-talking, hard-hitting London cop John Luther in his big-screen debut. Luther: The Fallen Sun is now streaming on Netflix.

Previously, Elba told Total Film that Luther's feature film outing was using Bond, a character Elba has long been linked with, as a reference point. 

"It's not a competition, but I reference Bond as a template for the type of film we're going for. John is a leading character in a film that he's the hero of. That's the comparison I'm making. Some films do them well – Bond is one of them. But my ambition for it is to have that sort of scale, that reverence. I want people to be like: 'Ooh! Luther, the first film? Wicked.' And to continue that. And then maybe later down the line, when I'm too old, someone else will step in to play John."

For more from the full conversation with Idris Elba – which goes in-depth on Luther and much more – check out the latest episode of the Inside Total Film podcast, available on:

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Bradley Russell

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