This month, the big guns in Warner Bros.’ DC movie universe hit theaters with the heavily-promoted Batman V Superman: Dawn of JusticeLater in the summer, the follow-up DCEU offering Suicide Squad puts the Joker alongside a collection of lesser-known misfit baddies. While bringing Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman together in one film seems like a recipe for an enormous opening weekend box office, it’s starting to look like the “Worst. Heroes. Ever” could bring in some impressive numbers as well.

Suicide Squad has been building buzz with bold posters and fast-paced trailers set to classic rock hits, featuring the supervillain team of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Deadshot (Will Smith), Slipknot (Adam Beach), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Enchantress (Cara Delevingne). A study of social media in January put the movie, along with Batman V Superman, 500 percent ahead of their competitors.

Warner Bros. apparently likes the odds on Suicide Squad. Today, The Wrap reported that director David Ayer is hoping a new fantasy cop film with Will Smith will fit into his schedule this fall, before he and the actor are brought back “for a planned Suicide Squad sequel in 2017.”

Suicide Squad Full Team Cast Photo Suicide Squad 2: David Ayer & Will Smith Returning for 2017 Shoot?

Ayer’s recent projects have included the action film Sabotage with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, and Terrence Howard; plus World War II drama Fury starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. So far, he seems to have left 2017 wide open for that Suicide Squad sequel. Fresh off sports biopic Concussion, Smith’s schedule may be a little more packed, with a quartet of upcoming film projects that includes two possible Bad Boys sequels.

With a planned February 2017 release date for Bad Boys 3, Smith would likely complete work on that film this year. While there’s no guarantee that the first Suicide Squad will be a success, it’s a good bet it will do well enough to warrant that sequel. If Smith’s schedule gets tricky in 2017, it’s likely he’ll drop something else, and the aforementioned side project with Ayer could get pushed to a later date.

At any rate, the report is good news for DC fans, as it indicates strong support within the studio for the burgeoning DC Extended Universe, and for Ayer’s take on the material. While bringing an A-list star like Smith back on board is something of a no-brainer, the return of the individual steering the ship is another sign the upcoming walk on the DC dark side will be as entertaining as the folks behind its incredibly well-cut trailer would like everyone to believe.

Screen Rant will keep you updated on Suicide Squad 2 as information becomes available.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.

Source: The Wrap

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