Warner Bros. Wants Mel Gibson to Direct SUICIDE SQUAD 2
Warner Brothers is courting Mel Gibson to direct Suicide Squad 2, THR reports.
Gibson and the studio are said to be in early talks, though “no official offer has been made” nor has the Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ filmmaker made any commitment. Gibson most recently directed the six-time Oscar nominated World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge.
While Gibson is said to be “familiarizing himself with the material,” Warners is also looking at Life director Daniel Espinosa to take over for Suicide Squad director David Ayer, who will be next tackling Gotham City Sirens. (The spinoff will star Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn alongside iconic Batman characters Catwoman and Poison Ivy.) Suicide Squad was poorly received by critics but grossed $745 million worldwide.
Gibson previously called WB’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice “a piece of shit,” adding, “I’m not interested in the stuff. Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic-book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex. So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
Warner Brothers recently had two potential directors walk out on The Flash before Ben Affleck, long attached to direct The Batman, officially stepped down as director. (War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is said to be the frontrunner to helm the solo Bat-flick.) Warner Bros. has yet to establish a release date for Suicide Squad 2.