Mel Gibson in Talks to Direct Suicide Squad 2

Posted 2017/02/16 4182 0

Mel Gibson, who hates superhero films, is mulling joining the DC Extended Universe … as a director.


Suicide Squad may have got the worst critical attention of any of the DC Extended Universe films so far, but it was still incredibly successful; it made $745 million worldwide, more than superhero big hitters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man, showing there’s real appeal in the supervillain team-up. Since then, this sub-franchise looks to be growing. 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.

It was first reported Wednesday that Mel Gibson (of all people) was in talks with Warner Bros. to take over for David Ayer as director of Suicide Squad 2. Gibson had said in the past that he wasn’t interested in directing a comic book movie so his involvement does seem odd. However, late Wednesday night, Gibson did confirm the news to an audience at a Q&A after a screening of Hacksaw Ridge (via Batman-News). The moderator asked Gibson how close he was to locking down a deal and Gibson said, “It’s kind of a first date”.

Gibson reportedly has competition for the job, with Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) also being considered. Variety reporter Justin Kroll, who on Wednesday broke news about the directors in the running for Suicide Squad 2, offered some insight into what Gibson is thinking here. The presence of Will Smith in the cast appears to be a big selling point for Gibson:

Gibson is mostly known, and praised, for his exemplary directing work in movies like Braveheart and Apocalypto. But it was his 2000s string of run-ins, namely a DUI police stop where he used derogatory slang about the female police officer and subsequent antisemitic remarks, plus a bit of alleged domestic assault, that put him in “movie jail.” But, perhaps because of his recent Oscar-nominated work, Hacksaw Ridge, Warner Bros rethought their stance on him. His biopic of conscientious objector Desmond Doss nabbed six Oscar nominations, including one for Gibson for best director, and has made $164 million worldwide to date.

“Hacksaw Ridge” marked Gibson’s first film as a director in 10 years. If he takes on “Suicide Squad,” it would be his first directing gig for a major studio since helming Paramount’s “Braveheart” in 1995.