Mel Gibson Eyed to Direct 'Suicide Squad 2'; Is Actor/Director Refusing The Job?By Ava Jones
Critics may have slammed "Suicide Squad," but raking in a total of $745 worldwide fast tracks it to a sequel. Now, Warner Bros is eyeing Mel Gibson to take on the helm. However, the director-actor is mulling over taking part in the Extended DC Universe.
Mel Gibson Refuses "Suicide Squad 2" Directorial position?
Warner Bros. and Mel Gibson are negotiating, but there are no official confirmations if the "Hacksaw Ridge" director would go for it, Hollywood Reporter reported. Could it be that Mel Gibson is refusing the offer? According to people familiar with the issue, Gibson is now familiarizing the material for the sequel.
What the Studio is Prepared to Do
Warner Bros. is not passive about it and is not pinning everything on Mel Gibson. The studio is also considering "Safe House" director Daniel Espinosa to take the helm of the sequel for "Suicide Squad," News reported. The first movie is directed by David Ayer and it got some scathing reviews both from audiences and critics.
"Suicide Squad" had every the recipe to entertain audiences, but it didn't have the elements of a great film, according to most reviews. It has an all-star cast, including Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Will Smith as Deadshot. Also, it had some major problems during production.
Ayer is presently working on "Gotham City Sirens," which is about the female antagonists in the DC Universe. This means, he will be teaming up again with Robbie. This upcoming spinoff movie is based on the comic book Paul Fini penned featuring lady villains like Poison Ivy and Catwoman.
Meanwhile, Mel Gibson can attribute this demand for his directing skills to his critically acclaimed "Hacksaw Ridge." This is a significant comeback for him after losing studio work due to his anti semetic comments and drunk-driving controversies in the 2000s. "Hacksaw Ridge" got six Oscar nods, including best director for Gibson.