Rick Flag actor Joel Kinnaman says the script for Suicide Squad 2 is being written, with plans to shoot the DC Extended Universe movie’s sequel in 2018. Director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad debuted in theaters last August, with a main crew that includes such classic DC villains as Joker (Jared Leto). The film also marked the live-action debut of the DC Comics characters Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith), among others.
While the DC supervillain film was all but dismissed by critics, moviegoers still made Suicide Squad a blockbuster hit, as it went on to earn $325.1 million domestically and $420.5 million overseas, for a collective global cume of $745.6 million. Naturally with impressive numbers like that, it didn’t take long for sequel talk to surface, and now one of Suicide Squad’s stars has provided a status update as to when the film will be going before the cameras.
Here is what Kinnaman had to offer THR, on the matter of Suicide Squad 2:
“As far as I know they’re writing the script and I think the plan is to shoot it sometime in 2018, but that could change. I think I’ll definitely come back for it.”
The only certainty about Suicide Squad 2 so far is that Ayer has moved on from the sequel to direct DC’s Gotham City Sirens (and since that point, he also entered negotiations to direct the Scarface reboot). If Kinnaman could have his way, at least, he’d like to see Ayer return to the helm of Suicide Squad 2 somehow. Also expressing his hopes for the sequel, Kinnaman says:
“Ultimately, I’d love for David Ayer to direct it, but if he doesn’t want to direct it then someone who is great with character and that’s able to ground the story and maybe put these characters in a more normal situation. It would be really interesting to see these crazy characters interact with regular people as well.”
Of course, before Kinnaman or any other Suicide Squad cast members can see their hopes for the sequel come to pass, the production needs to lock in a director. If one of the actors is starting to float starting dates, perhaps Warner Bros./DC is close to making an announcement of a hire.
With a stable of iconic characters to play, the interest certainly is there. Earlier this year, Mel Gibson confirmed he was in talks to direct the Suicide Squad sequel, but nothing has happened with the Oscar-winning filmmaker since then – even though he is reportedly the studio’s first choice for the job.
Guy Ritchie has also expressed interest in directing Suicide Squad 2 – and while the material and Ritchie’s distinct style seems to be a perfect match, Warner Bros. may be a bit hesitant to grant the helmer another big budget film following the paltry box office returns for the studio’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (not to mention, the director is already committed to Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin).