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Rumor of the Day: A Watchmen star could be joining the Suicide Squad

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Mar 19, 2015, 1:26 PM EDT (Updated)

As the Suicide Squad film from writer-director David Ayer continues to take shape, we continue to hear whispers about the various DC Comics characters who'll be popping up in it. Earlier this week, we heard whispers of Batman popping up in the film, or at least being mentioned, as a kind of shadowy figure that only the Joker (Jared Leto) has ever really gotten a fix on. Now we're hearing reports of another character joining the flick, and the acclaimed actor who might play him.

Like the Batman rumor, this rumor comes from Umberto "El Mayimbe" Gonzalez over at Latino Review, who's had his ear to the ground on this project for quite a while, and who's been posting little tidbits of information he's heard about the film over at his Instagram page. According to Gonzalez, DC Comics character The Thinker could be a part of Suicide Squad, and the studio is interested in Jackie Earle Haley -- perhaps best known for his work as Rorschach in Watchmen -- to play the character.

The name "The Thinker" has been applied to several DC villains, but the most notable is Clifford DeVoe, a Flash villain who dates back to 1943 and who used a "Thinking Cap" to project his mental force and help him in his criminal endeavors. That version of the character has at various times been a member of the Injustice Society, become a hologram in the Justice Society of America's computer system and, yes, taken on a mission with the Suicide Squad. More recently, in the New 52 era, The Thinker was reinvented as a man with a powerful brain, which he used to generate complex and accurate predictions of what would happen, at a price: His brain operates at the expense of the rest of his body, essentially wasting him away. He's been a member of the Secret Society of Supervillains, a direct adversary to the Suicide Squad and a recruit of the Squad's leader, Amanda Waller.

We don't know at this point exactly where this particular version of Thinker's allegiances may lie (or if he's bringing King Shark with him, which is probably too much to hope for), and of course, his appearance is unconfirmed anyway, but he's an interesting minor character to be sure, and Haley's certainly got the chops to play him. We'll let you know if this particular rumor gains any more traction.

Suicide Squad hits theaters Aug. 5, 2016.

(Via Umberto Gonzalez)