The first Suicide Squad may have some problems from the writing and direction departments of DC Films, but it contained enough interesting characters and solid actors/actresses to still become a bit of a guilty pleasure for some fans. Plus it made a boat load of cash at the box office, raking in almost $750 million. So naturally, a sequel is coming whether you liked the original or not.
The real question is how can DC avoid repeating some of the large mistakes that turned the first Suicide Squad into one of the worst reviewed movies of 2016?
Easy answer: cast Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Suicide Squad 2!
In a recent report from The Wrap, it’s suggested that Johnson will join the cast of the sequel as Black Adam, a character that he was supposed to play in a planned Shazam! movie before it was shelved (although they seem to have resurrected the idea in recent months).
There was also preliminary talks of Johnson getting his own solo Black Adam movie in the DC Extended Universe, although details on that are still pretty vague.
“Suicide Squad 2” may serve as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s introduction to the DC Universe as the super-villain Black Adam, two insiders familiar with the idea told TheWrap.
The insiders told TheWrap that the current plan for the sequel is for the members of Suicide Squad to be tasked with tracking down a weapon of mass destruction. That weapon? Black Adam himself. The villain is best known in DC Comics as the main nemesis of superhero Shazam.
“The Rock” first hinted at what’s cooking in May, when he told Fandango, “We have a really cool surprise for Black Adam that I can’t reveal, in terms of where we will see Black Adam being introduced.”
The Rock has turned into a genuine Hollywood star, appearing in the Fast & Furious franchise plus starring in the recent Baywatch and Jumanji remakes. He also stars in the HBO series Ballers, about a former NFL pro who turns into a player agent and money manager after he retires.
Suicide Squad 2 isn’t scheduled to begin production in Fall 2018, which hopefully gives the studio plenty of time to sort out the carousel of directors, writers, and scripts. Maybe they can figure out to make Jared Leto’s Joker less awful between now and then.