Suicide Squad 2 is being fast-tracked by Warner Bros. as they look to the future of the DC Extended Universe. Although it still doesn't have a director locked in to helm the project, the studio is obviously confident that they can quickly produce a sequel. Since the DCEU was officially launched in 2016 with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans and critics alike have criticized the studio's attempt at a shared universe. The DCEU is developing a number of films further down the line, including Nightwing, Batgirl, Shazam, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, and Suicide Squad 2.
Previously, Mel Gibson had been in talks to helm Suicide Squad 2, but with no official confirmation it doesn't seem like he'll be taking the reins. Guy Ritchie has also mentioned that he'd be interested in taking the role, but there has been no word on the status of that either. Harley Quinn and The Joker are reportedly going to return, including the main cast from Suicide Squad. With the villainous couple being two of the most popular characters in comics, it's no surprise Warner Bros. wants the characters in as many films as possible.
THR found that the Joker & Harley movie is being developed from the Crazy, Stupid Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, but a source said that Warner Bros. is attempting to release Suicide Squad 2 as quickly as possible. It was also recently reported that Warner Bros. is looking to start filming Suicide Squad 2 during 2018, as a script is currently being written. And even though Gibson is reportedly still the first choice for the studio, they're also searching for other directors to helm the project.
The DC movie news has been flying out over the past two days, as Warner Bros. also announced that a solo Joker movie produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) was in the works outside of the DCEU. With the recent announcement of a Harley Quinn and Joker movie alongside the characters' appearance in Gotham City Sirens, it seems like Warner Bros. is really playing on the popular nature of the characters. But will multiple films starring different versions of the character confuse mainstream audiences?
With Jared Leto reportedly unhappy with how much footage he shot for Suicide Squad was left on the cutting room floor, could this be some sort of compensation for the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer? Of course, Warner Bros. is going around Leto for the solo Joker movie as the studio wants to take on a different actor for the film separate from the DCEU. Although this does give the studio the capability to tell wider stories, it could also get messy for audiences expecting to see one version of the character and getting another.
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