From the moment his involvement with the film was announced over a year ago, NFL quarterback Nick Offray's seemingly hush-hush role in Suicide Squad has been subject of wide speculation.
Many DC fans have been theorizing a handful of possible characters as the subject of his role--one popular theory suggested that he would be taking on fan-favorite character (and inspiration for Deadpool) Deathstroke, while others had previously assumed that the role would turn out to be Steve Trevor, as a lead-in for the upcoming Wonder Woman film. Fans hoping for a breakout role for the NFL star, however, seemingly have been met with disappointment, as it seems that he may be saddled with merely a minor role in the DC Universe.
According to the film's credits, Offray plays Lieutenant "GQ" Edwards, a soldier under the command of Task Force X's Rick Flag--but not an actual member of the task force at all. With the critical backlash that the film has received thus far, the controversy surrounding Offray's role has flown relatively under the radar.
Offray isn't the first big-name celebrity to be given a seemingly minor role by Warner Bros. Earlier in the year, fans had been disappointed to learn that actress Jena Malone’s role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was cut for the theatrical release, turned out to merely be a forensic scientist for S.T.A.R. Labs when she was added back into the 3-hour Ultimate Cut of the movie.
Still, some theories are alive and well. Some DC fans are speculating that, though the movie does not expand on the identity of Lieutenant Edwards, it could simply be a red herring meant to obscure a later plot twist that Offray would, in fact, be playing Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke.
Suicide Squad is currently playing worldwide, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.