The praise for Wonder Woman this summer has been overwhelming, but while the other DC Extended Universe movies have each been successful in terms of box office, until Wonder Woman they lacked a certain cache in terms of excitement. They just kind of happened. But money talks, and it talks loudly, so despite the extremely mixed reaction to Suicide Squad, a sequel is in the works, but not under writer/director David Ayer. That duty will fall to a new filmmaker, and the current frontrunner is used to swimming with the sharks.
According to Deadline, Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra of Orphan, Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night and, most recently, The Shallows, has emerged as the man most likely to oversee Suicide Squad 2: Suicide Squader. This is one of two related projects presently in development at Warner Bros., the other being Gotham City Sirens, a spin-off starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and featuring other female Batman villains like Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Ayer is overseeing that effort, while Adam Cozad of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and The Legend of Tarzan fame writes the script for the next Suicide Squad.
Collet-Serra is not the first director to be associated with the potential Suicide Squad movie sequel, other potential filmmakers include Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). The biggest name attached so far though has been Mel Gibson, whose started being thrown around as a possibility during the awards season earlier this year thanks to his heralded return to the director’s chair with Hacksaw Ridge. So far, nothing concerning Suicide Squad 2 has been confirmed in terms of cast members, productions starts or release dates. We will keep you posted, of course.