There was a lot of uncertainty when it was announced that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment‘s first foray into its Expanded Universe post-Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice would be based on the Suicide Squad. It was unconventional choice to build a movie around a reluctantly heroic group of supervillains, and there was the predictable blowback once casting had started to be announced, but since we’ve started to get a look at the film through trailers, something weird has been happening: people are looking forward to it. It would not be incorrect to say that there’s even excitement about Suicide Squad, which is why it should comes as no surprise that the sequel may already be in the works.
Hidden in a report from the TheWrap that talked about director David Ayer‘s next project Bright, a contemporary cop thriller with fantastical elements. Bright has a script by Max Landis and is expected to star Ayer’s Squad star Will Smith along with Joel Edgerton, and while it doesn’t quite yet have a greenlight, it has a small window to get started given the involvement of Ayers and Smith. “Ayer hopes to fit the project into his fall schedule before Warner Bros. brings him and Smith back for a planned Suicide Squad sequel in 2017,” TheWrap wrote.
To be clear, that would be a 2017 start date for the film, and not a 2017 release date. If filming on Suicide Squad 2 were to begin sometime next year, it would likely have a 2018 or 2019 release date, which would mean some rejiggering of the DCEU release calendar since there’s currently no slot for a Suicide Squad sequel. Of course, if Suicide Squad hits big, Warner Bros. will make the room, and if the studio’s already considering potential scheduling conflicts with talents that suggests a huge vote of confidence for the movie, which is surprising given that just last week it was suggested that studio confidence in Batman V. Superman was so shaky that they were rethinking their DCEU strategy. Well, at least one thing seems to be working out for them so far…
Suicide Squad will be in theaters everywhere on August 5.