io9 are reporting that James Gunn is in talks to pen the script for DC’s Suicide Squad 2 and may also direct the currently untitled sequel. The new Suicide Squad movie is apparently set to be a different take on the characters and not a direct follow-up.
Released in 2016, Suicide Squad brought in more than $745 million at the worldwide box office, a sequel seemed like a sure thing, despite being critically panned. David Ayer decided not to come back for seconds, with both Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise) and Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) touted to helm the next installment before Gavin O’connor (director of The Accountant and Warrior) signed on to write and direct the sequel.
Then the disappointment of Justice League sent shockwaves through the DC brand, and Warner Bros. has been rapidly and randomly reshuffling the pack since. Planned projects such as the Justice League and Man of Steel sequels have seemingly been shelved, with rumors that both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck could be set to walk away. Other projects like Flashpoint, Green Lantern Corps, a Harley Quinn/Joker romance and a Cyborg solo film have been thrown into limbo as well. As it currently stands, the slate includes this December’s Aquaman, next year’s Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984, the currently-filming The Joker one-off film and Birds of Prey featuring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Matt Reeves’ The Batman is also in development, sort of. Maybe. Depending on who you ask.
Could Gunn be the the hand that steadies the sinking ship? Has it taken on too much water? How is the news more entertaining than some movies? Let us know what you think!