Last year, mainstream audiences were introduced to the Suicide Squad with the David Ayer-directed film of the same name. While comic book readers have been more than aware with this team of baddies for decades, this was their big screen debut. While reactions to the film have been largely negative, there was no mistaking the splash it made at the box office. For a DC film that was virtually devoid of Batman and Superman, the fact that it nearly made $750 million worldwide was quite the achievements. Additionally, while the movie itself may have not been the greatest, the portrayals of the numerous onscreen baddies were largely seen as positives.
With that in mind, it was inevitable that there would be a sequel, but we got more than that. Thanks to a series of announcements months ago, we now know that DC Films is hard at work at both Suicide Squad 2 and a spinoff film Gotham City Sirens, the latter of which would follow Harley Quinn, along with a couple other female anti-heroes. That being said, there’s been no real timetable in mind for a lot of DC’s films. Following the release of Aquaman, their entire slate is one big mystery.
However, in a recent interview with THR, Suicide Squad star Joel Kinnaman — who played Rick Flag in the flick — gave a bit of insight as to where the production stands for Suicide Squad 2.
“As far as I know they're writing the script and I think the plan is to shoot it sometime in 2018, but that could change. I think I'll definitely come back for it.”
Obviously, he’s just an actor, and is, by no means, involved in the development of the film, but it does give us some kind of an idea. With that in mind, a 2019 release date certainly seems like it could be in the cards. But if there’s one thing that’s predictable about Hollywood, it’s that it’s unpredictable. Tomorrow we can find out that DC has torpedoed the script and opted to instead focus all their efforts on another property.
So far, virtually nothing is known about Suicide Squad 2. With Harley Quinn running off into her own film, we don’t even know if she’ll continue to be in the lineup. Earlier this year, it was revealed that filmmaker Mel Gibson was in talks to direct, but that’s not necessarily who Kinnaman would want to see.
“Ultimately, I’d love for David Ayer to direct it, but if he doesn’t want to direct it then someone who is great with character and that’s able to ground the story and maybe put these characters in a more normal situation. It would be really interesting to see these crazy characters interact with regular people as well.”
We’ll have to wait and see how this all shakes out.
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