By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Make no mistake, despite all the money the DCEU is making for Warner Bros. the shared universe is in trouble. The film slate keeps changing, directors keep dropping away like flies, and the rumors — my god, so many rumors!
One of the ways they seem to be trying to create something that rivals Marvel is by hiring (and trying to hold on to) top talent. That may be why Warners has approached Mel Gibson (who has an Oscar nom for Hacksaw Ridge) to helm Suicide Squad 2.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson is familiarizing himself with the material, but the studio is still looking at other possible directors. The actor/director confirmed the talks during a Hacksaw Ridge Q&A.
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What really makes this interesting is that just this past November, it seemed like Gibson wasn’t interested in directing a superhero film. Mostly he took issue with how expensive the films are and criticized Batman v Superman. Here’s what he told Deadline back then:
“I look at them and scratch my head. I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different. I don’t know. Maybe they do cost that much. I don’t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less.
“If you’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the tax man gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors. […] And [Batman v Superman is] a piece of s–t.
“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.”
I can only speculate why Gibson would be interested in directing a sequel to a movie that was more criticized than Batman v Superman. Conceptually, Suicide Squad is a very different kind of superhero movie, so there might be something there for him to dig into. The property can be a bit darker and more torturous than most superhero titles in the DC canon, so that could be resonating with the director.
This isn’t the first time his name has been associated to a superhero movie. Robert Downey Jr. said a few years ago he would absolutely do Iron Man 4 if Gibson was allowed direct. So maybe he does have some interest in directing a superhero movie after all. All I know is that if Warners does secure Gibson to direct it, then not only will it be a controversial pick, but they would still need to keep him attached. I’m looking at you, The Flash.
Stay tuned for more on Suicide Squad 2.