– by Joseph Jammer Medina

As of this writing, the DC Extended Universe is still an unproven entity. MAN OF STEEL managed to make decent bank with over $650 million in worldwide box office sales, but the consensus among fans and critics was decidedly split. BATMAN v SUPERMAN is the next to hit the DC slate, and while our sources are over the moon about the film, the studio is still a bit anxious about whether or not it will perform come March 25th.

All that aside, reaction to the trailer for their next film, SUICIDE SQUAD has been largely positive from fans. But what does the studio think about it? While there’s no way for us to know about that, if a recent report is any indication, then they must have a ton of confidence in it.

According to Variety, WB is aiming to begin production for SUICIDE SQUAD 2 in 2017.

In a recent report from the outlet, director David Ayer and actor Will Smith are looking to reteam for their next film, BRIGHT. The article proceeded to say:

“It’s unknown when the film would get underway but the hope is to get production rolling this year in order to get both Ayer and Smith ready for a SUICIDE SQUAD sequel shoot by 2017.”

Obviously, Hollywood is a very fickle beast, and these types of things could be canceled should DC and WB’s films in 2016 fail to meet expectations, but the fact that they’re planning a shoot for 2017 shows a lot of confidence in what they’ve seen so far in SUICIDE SQUAD. It shows even more confidence that they’re willing to stray from their established schedule, which did not include a SUICIDE SQUAD 2.

What do you think of this recent report? Does this give you any more confidence in the DCEU, or is this just a studio covering its bases for the future? Let us know in the comments down below!

SUICIDE SQUAD  hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

SOURCE: Variety (hat tip to Batman-News)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.