Like every DCEU film so far, ‘Suicide Squad’ has landed with massively mixed reviews and Warner Brothers sounds like they want to change that opinion by putting Mel Gibson (‘Hacksaw Ridge’,’The Passion of the Christ’) into the director’s chair for ‘Suicide Squad 2‘. This is an interesting choice for the studio as a comic book movie, especially a follow-up to ‘Suicide Squad’ doesn’t seem to be the type of film that would be in Gibson’s wheelhouse to direct. Maybe act in years ago but not film. That being said, not only is the studio actively courting the actor turned director, but it sounds as if he is familiarizing himself with the story to see if he would be interested.
Quite a switch of viewpoints after he called ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a “Piece Of $%#” but I guess money talks.
If he ends up not interested, the studio is “not being passive” while trying to find someone to helm the film as they’ve also looked into Daniel Espinosa (‘Safe House’,’Life’), Ruben Fleischer (‘Zombieland’), and Jonathan Levine (‘Warm Bodies’.)
While David Ayer was able to make a quite profitable film in the first outing of the new Joker, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot, critics primarily panned it with audiences giving it a similar reaction. With both women and minorities not depicted that great in the film and Gibson not having the best track record there it almost seems as if pulling him in would be courting controversy which doesn’t feel like a marketing move that Warner Brothers would want to follow.
We don’t know much about the film as of yet, but it is clear that with Ayer currently working on ‘Gotham City Sirens’ that ‘Suicide Squad 2’ would be Margot Robbie’s third venture out as Harley Quinn. Possibly even fourth if ‘The Batman’ ever sees the light of day and she shows up in there first.
Do you feel that Mel Gibson would be a perfect directorial choice for ‘Suicide Squad 2’ or are his past anti-Semitic comments and prior views on superhero movies enough to steer you away from wanting anything to do with him? Share your thoughts below!
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