It’s all cracking-off in the DC Comics Cinematic Universe. Ben Affleck dropped out of directing The Batman only to be replaced by Matt Reeves. Then there are rumours Affleck doesn’t want to wear the cowl anymore – and now comes the revelation that Warner Bros. would like Mel Gibson to direct Suicide Squad 2.
Gibson helming any movie is a tantalising prospect and the thought of him working in the DC playground is an exciting one. Ayer came under fire for the first Suicide Squad (which was actually quite good) and he’s working on a spin-off titled Gotham City Sirens with Margot Robbie. This leaves the door open for the sequel to get a new director.
According to Boris Kit at The Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. is courting the actor-director to helm Suicide Squad 2 and the sides are early in talks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. No official offer has been made nor has any commitment.
Sources say that Gibson is familiarizing himself with the material. But the studio is not being passive and is also looking at other directors, Daniel Espinosa among them.
In the past Gibson has shown a little apathy when talking about superhero movies, but a Suicide Squad sequel might let him play with his violent and darkly comic cinematic tendencies. He’d likley give it more bite than David Ayer’s original – but would he be willing to put up with the compromise of making a film that wasn’t originated by him?
Personally, I’d love to see Gibson direct Ben Affleck in The Batman – and if Affleck does indeed bail on the Bat-flick then Mel Gibson would make for a tremendously grizzled Bruce Wayne/Batman. Think about that for a minute,