The DCEU seemed to be back on track with Wonder Woman. Thanks to Patty Jenkins's steady direction, the film came together smoothly and inspired moviegoers around the world. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. keeps running into personnel problems with its other DC properties — most recently, Suicide Squad 2. Directors are leaving the film like Slipknot trying to escape Amanda Waller’s group of ragtag supervillains.
#DavidAyer, who directed the first #SuicideSquad installment — a critical miss but box-office hit — was attached to the sequel at one point. He eventually decided to move onto working with Will Smith on the Netflix fantasy series, Bright. Ayer is also working on the spinoff #GothamCitySirens, but there's been almost no news about it, leading to doubts about its future.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra was the rumored frontrunner to replace Ayer on Suicide Squad 2, but now he's left negotiations as well, Variety reports. Collet-Serra will instead direct Disney’s upcoming #JungleCruise, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. According to The Rock’s Twitter account, he’s pretty excited to have Collet-Serra on board:
'Suicide Squad 2' Director Merry-Go-Round
With David Ayer and #JaumeColletSerra both turning the project down, speculation has turned to other potential directors previously rumored for the job. Jonathan Levine, who directed Warm Bodies and The Night Before, is one director whose name was previously floating around; another is Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer, according to Variety.
But the strangest possibility is Mel Gibson. He reportedly wasn't interested in directing a comic book movie back in February, but Variety’s sources revealed that Gibson was eventually excited to work with Will Smith and the rest of cast. If Warner Bros. does decide to hand Gibson the reins to Suicide Squad 2, it would be his first directing project for a major studio (instead of producing his own films) since Braveheart in 1995.
Although Suicide Squad 2 is lacking a director, we do know that Warner Bros. is working on the script and plans on shooting this year. Just because the movie is off to a rocky start doesn’t mean it will affect the outcome. Just look at the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie, which seemed to be doomed when Phil Lord and Christopher Miller got fired ... until Ron Howard stepped in and immediately got it back on track. As soon as the right director signs on, Suicide Squad fans can expect killer things to come.
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