The bad guys are back! Suicide Squad 2 is set to begin production this year with a bulk of its major cast confirmed to return as well as some important new additions.
Dwayne Johnson, confirmed for the role of Black Adam, teased fans on social media about “a really cool surprise” in relation to his character’s introduction to the DCEU before the release of the Shazam film. Given this news, it is likely there will be a Black Adam appearance or mention somewhere in the Suicide Squad 2 film. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto have all been reportedly confirmed to reprise their roles as DC Comics’ iconic villains for the sequel.
Robbie has also teased fans about stepping back into stiletto-heeled shoes of Harley Quinn at some point this year, but it was unclear which film the character would featured in. A Gotham City Sirens movie as well as a Harley Quinn spinoff are both in development. Like with most DCEU projects, direction and production choices have been rocky. David Ayer stepped down from the director’s chair after Suicide Squad leaving the seat up for grabs for a lengthy period of uncertainty.
Big names like Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch), Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Orphan), and even Mel Gibson (Hackshaw Ridge, Braveheart) were rumored, however none remained officially attached to the project. In September 2017, Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Warrior) took the seat as not only director, but also writer of Suicide Squad 2. Longtime DCEU producer, Charles Roven joined to team to back the project at the beginning of this year.
The most recent addition has been Michael De Luca as a producer alongside Roven at the lead. De Luca is best known for his work as producer on Moneyball, The Social Network, Captain Phillips, and the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.
So, what does this mean for Suicide Squad 2?
This confirms earlier reports of Warner Bros. re-configuring the arrangement of executives put in charge of each film. Adding De Luca means the studio will have one head focused on a single project rather than an individual overseeing multiple projects, (See: Zach Snyder). The approach to refrain from spreading contributors thin should ultimately be a big payoff, and improvement for the forthcoming sequel.