Despite less-than-stellar reviews (Let’s be real: They were really bad), WB is moving forward with a Suicide Squad sequel because the first movie made lots of money ($325m domestic, $420m internationally). And you’ll never guess who may helm it.
Mel Gibson. Yeah, the racist and sexist one . He’s having a bit of a comeback at the moment — He just booked a starring role in a sequel to Daddy’s Home, which’ll be his first starring role in a major studio film since those horrific tapes leaked in 2010.
According to THR, Mel and WB are in “early talks” as the actor/director starts “familiarizing himself with the material.” The report warns that “no official offer has been made nor has any commitment.”
Also in the running is director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44).
David Ayer directed the first Suicide Squad but is evidently uninterested in returning for the sequel. Anticipation was very high for the movie thanks to stellar trailers featuring Joker and so many others, but the film ended up being a critical flop.
This tweet from IGN’s Eric Goldman probably says it best:
"We’ve had a lot of bad PR on the DCEU movies. Who can turn this around and give us some good press?”
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“Perfect! Call him!”
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) February 15, 2017