Warner Bros. Eyes The Shallows Director To Helm Suicide Squad 2

It seems like Warner Bros. may finally be getting Suicide Squad 2 up and running. Despite the poor critical reception of the first film, it still managed to bring in $745.6 million worldwide. Suicide Squad featured a collection of iconic DC characters like Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and The Joker (Jared Leto). The film opened up doors for a number of new spinoffs, sequels and prequels – with the most obvious one being Suicide Squad 2. And after a long period of mystery, the studio may have finally found the film’s director.

Suicide Squad was helmed by End of Watch and Fury director David Ayer. It appeared for a while that Ayer may come back to also direct the Suicide Squad sequel, but those plans have since fallen through. Ayer will instead be tackling the upcoming DC spinoff, Gotham City Sirens, which will also feature Harley Quinn. Other recent directors in question to helm Suicide Squad 2 include Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). But apparently there’s a new big name in the running.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is eyeing The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra to helm Suicide Squad 2. He is reportedly their top choice to direct – so it’s very possible a decision could soon be made.

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Collet-Serra would definitely be an interesting choice for the sequel. Aside from the aforementioned shark thriller The Shallows, the director has plenty of other interesting credits to his name. His works include the horror film Orphan, as well as a couple action movies like Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night. The filmmaker clearly has some experience, which is surely one of reasons why Warner Bros. is considering him.

What remains to be seen, however, is if the studio actually goes through with these plans. Not only that, there’s still plenty of other unknowns about Suicide Squad 2. Leto previously expressed discontent after many of his Joker scenes were cut from Suicide Squad, so his future (and possibly others) in the DCEU are still up in the air. Hopefully Warner Bros. will learn from what they did right with Wonder Woman, and apply that to some of the projects that still remain in unsure waters.

Suicide Squad 2 is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline

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Warner Bros. Rumored to Start Releasing 3-4 DCEU Movies Each Year

The phenomenal success of Wonder Woman has surely come as a comfort to Warner Bros. after the very mixed results of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. The DC Extended Universe is still very much in its infancy, so there’s no telling what effect this newfound success will have in the years to come. And according to a new rumor, it appears Warner Bros. is already shooting for the stars.

That news may come as a shock to some since the studio has been hurt by rushing productions in the hopes of paralleling Marvel’s output. Warner Bros. hired Joss Whedon (The Avengers) to handle the remaining post-production work (including some potential reshoots) on Justice League after Zack Snyder recently departed to deal with a family tragedy. The Flash has already suffered from two directors stepping down due to creative differences, which is worrying since the movie is reportedly set to hit in early 2018. The Batman is also dealing with directors coming and going, script rewrites, and rumors of star Ben Affleck’s growing disinterest in playing the character. But even with all that said, that doesn’t mean the DCEU can’t thrive.

According Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood and The Wrap (per Comic Book), Warner Bros. is rumored to be looking at releasing 3-4 DCEU movies each year. Until now, the studio has only slated two installments a year at most. But Gonzalez seems to think otherwise. While speaking on the Heroic Insider video podcast, Gonzalez stated that “I know for a fact that DC is trying to get three to four movies made a year going forward.”

Now it’s hard to say at this point when (or if) that will happen. There have been rumors galore about potential sequels to Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, amongst others. Warner Bros. also has David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens coming up, as well as James Wan’s Aquaman. So they definitely have their hands full at the moment. It remains to be seen if Warner Bros. can make all of these various disparate projects come together into some cohesive and, most of all, successful.

Source: Comic Book