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Suicide Squad marked the 3rd movie from the DC/Warner Bros cinematic universe that has caused much divide between critics and fans. Coming off the critically displeased reception of Batman V Superman, critics weren’t any less forgiving for SS, tearing into for its jarring plot, erratic editing, and vapid characters. The DC loyalists, however, relished the films boss soundtrack of classic rock anthems, its youthful edge style (If Hot Topic could be a movie, this would be it) and the badassery of break away characters like Viola Davis’  unapologetically brutal Amander Waller, Margo Robbie’s barb-tongued spitfire Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s “no time for bullshit” Deadshot. These are characters people want to see more of. And, well, they will. Suicide Squad 2 is in the making! With an interesting directing being courted no less. 

The first Suicide Squad was directed by David Ayer.  One would assume he would come back for the sequel, as he was so gung ho and primo defender of the first one. But he’s not coming back to the squad. Not because of any ill-will or lack of desire. He’s still very much in the DC/Warner Bros family. Instead of SS, he’s been tapped to helm Gotham City Sirens, which will feature Robbie’s Harley Quinn as part of a larger female supervillain lineup that includes the likes of Catwoman and Poison Ivy. So, if Ayer is not coming back to SS, who’s in line for the directors seat?

Mel Gibson.

No, really.The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Gibson and Warner Bros. are in “early talks”. Of course, in the same article HR also stresses “no official offer has been made.” Still, the fact that Gibson’s name is even on the radar seems so out of left field.

Gibson was remembered for being an 80s action star with his famous roles of Mad Max and Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon series. He was also remembered as being a competent director with the Passion of the Christ. Referring to Gibson’s success in the past tense, as he’s spent the past decade the with lingering controversy for (among other things) making anti-Semitic, racist, and sexist remarks. His bad and disorderly behavior has really bogged him down, which depending on who you ask, was/is deserved. Despite swimming up shit creek, he’s never stopped working. Having co-starred in Expendables 3, and Machete 2. He even got back in the directors chair for the first time in 10 years and earned high praise for his war movie Hacksaw Ridge. Suffice to say, Mel is on “the come back trail” as they say.

In the past, Gibson’s has had mixed feelings regarding the trend of Superhero movies. “Some are good. Some are kind of funny,” he said, citing Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man. “And some of them are just like retreats. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times.” As ambivalent as he seems to be, this wouldn’t be the first time Gibson’s name has floated around the superhero medium. In 2014, his friend Robert Downey Jr. told press he’d star in Iron Man 4 if and only if Gibson would direct. RDJ himself is a prime example of good actor who’s career went in the toilet due to poor life choices but was given a second chance and turned things around, now becoming one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Superhero movies are changing lives and giving new found fame to all that are fortunate enough to be involved in them. Maybe Gibson recognizes that and sees Suicide Squad or whatever as an opportunity to further put his past behind him.

At the moment, the phrase “early talks” is really just hearsay.  Variety adds that Jonathan Levine (50/50) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) are also in the running. So there’s a few names floating around. Time will tell.

 

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