The DC Extended Universe may be set to meet Mad Max … well, in a sense.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is currently courting Mel Gibson to direct Suicide Squad 2 and per their sources, the two sides are in early talks to make it happen.
David Ayer directed the first Suicide Squad, which was released last summer to overwhelming box office returns and intensely negative reviews. Featuring an all-star cast that included Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, the film grossed $745 million worldwide, prompting Warner Bros. to fast-track development on a sequel.
However, with Ayer currently attached to direct the Suicide Squad ‘spin-off’ Gotham City Sirens, the studio is looking for a new filmmaker to step in. With Gibson currently experiencing a career revival of sorts thanks to his Oscar-nominated war movie Hacksaw Ridge, having a director on board with Gibson’s pedigree is a move that makes a lot of sense for Warner Bros., whose DC Extended Universe has so far been financially successful, yet divisive with critics and viewers alike.
Gibson also knows a thing or two about how to shoot violent content, which Suicide Squad 2 is sure to have in spades, especially if the studio decides to give it an R-rating. Either way, this is a bold move for Warner Bros. and it will be interesting to see whether Gibson says yes, as he is also in talks to join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2, and is rejoining Hacksaw Ridge-actor Vince Vaughn for the gritty crime drama Dragged Across Concrete.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter