The DC Extended Universe is certainly at an interesting point in its life. All of its films have been financial successes, but despite that fact, there are plenty of folks who are almost ready to swear off the universe altogether. So despite their overall financial victories, Warner Bros seems to be making fast, seemingly random decisions, going forward with such films as Gotham City Sirens, Man of Steel 2, The Batman, and of course, Suicide Squad 2, despite their slate already being full.
Not too long ago, it was reported that Harley Quinn would be moving forward with her own female-centric Gotham City Sirens, but that didn’t necessarily ring the death bell for the Suicide Squad franchise. Things stayed quiet for a bit, but soon after, we learned that directors Mel Gibson, Jonathan Levine, and numerous others were in early talks and/or consideration to helm the anti-hero sequel.
While Warner Bros hasn’t settled on a helmer just yet, thanks to a new report from THR, we now know that they are currently in negotiations with Legend of Tarzan scribe Adam Cozad. Also on the writer’s filmography is Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Admittedly, this news isn’t exactly the most promising. Cozad is relatively new to the business, and thus far, the films he’s put out have been less than impressive. That being said, it’s important to note that they were both franchise films. Whenever dealing with a franchise, it’s difficult to lay too much blame on the screenwriter, as there were likely a whole lot of cooks in that kitchen with a say in the film. Given that, and his relatively little experience, there is still plenty of potential for him to put out something great, if it’s the right fit.
While I have the best of hopes, it’s hard not to be a little bit cynical about this. As of late, Warner Bros has been incredibly reactionary, and when it comes to DC movies, they seem to have turned their backs on the “filmmaker-driven” approach, as evidenced by the several edits we heard about before the first Suicide Squad hit theaters. Here’s hoping the studio doesn’t head down that road once more for this sequel.
What do you think of them hiring Cozad? Is this promising to you, or evidence that they’re looking for someone to just execute on orders? If the latter, is that necessarily a bad thing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!
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