Outside of the firm release dates for November’s Justice League and 2018’s Aquaman, most of the future films planned for Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe are up in the air. One of those films might now be closer to finding its place.
According to Deadline, The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra has become the frontrunner choice to direct Suicide Squad 2, the sequel to the 2016 David Ayer directed DC film. Previously Mel Gibson and other filmmakers were looked at to helm the sequel but the studio is said to now be focused fully on Collet-Serra.
Ayer, who directed and wrote the previous film, quickly became attached to the Gotham City Sirens film that is set to have Margot Robbie reprise her role as Harley Quinn alongside reportedly Catwoman, Poison Ivy and possibly Batgirl and other female DC Comics characters.
Currently the only reported returning characters from the first film are Will Smith’s Deadshot and Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
While the original film featuring a group of villains being put together to save the day wasn’t a critical success, it was a box office success. The first Suicide Squad managed to pull in $745 million worldwide, which pretty much led to an instant plan for a sequel.
Collet-Serra is currently wrapping up work on the 2018 Liam Neeson film The Commuter. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the film could be looking at a mid-2018 production start which would likely mean that Warner Bros. is aiming for a 2019 release for the film.