Joel Kinnaman: ‘Suicide Squad 2’ May Begin Filming In 2018

Joel Kinnaman, one of the stars of DC's villain-led romp Suicide Squad, reveals that the sequel could begin filming sometime next year.

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Suicide Squad managed to best expectations in spite of the challenges placed in front of it – although poor critical reception certainly has lead Warner Brothers think their options over instead of confirming a sequel immediately after the film’s opening weekend. Actor Joel Kinnaman (who plays the squad’s leader, Rick Flag) reveals that – to his understanding – the current plan is for filming to start next year.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kinnaman stated that Suicide Squad 2 is still in active development in spite of a lack of clear status updates from Warner Bros.:

“As far as I know they’re writing the script and I think the plan is to shoot it sometime in 2018, but that could change. I think I’ll definitely come back for it. Ultimately, I’d love for David Ayer to direct it, but if he doesn’t want to direct it then someone who is great with character and that’s able to ground the story and maybe put these characters in a more normal situation. It would be really interesting to see these crazy characters interact with regular people as well.”

Ayer is currently busy with both the planned Scarface remake and another DC project – Gotham City Sirens – making his return to direct the sequel incredibly unlikely. In any case, a lot of Suicide Squad fans have indicated that they’re interested in the possibility of a more grounded sequel, which would lend itself better to making the follow-up an R-rated feature.

Suicide Squad is available on home video formats right now. The film’s cast includes Will Smith as Floyd Lawton (Deadshot), Margot Robbie as Dr. Harleen Quinzell (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto as the Joker, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Jai Courtney as George “Digger” Harkness (Captain Boomerang), Jay Hernandez as Chato Santana (El Diablo), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Waylon Jones (Killer Croc), Cara Delevingne as June Moone (Enchantress), Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Adam Beach as Christopher Weiss (Slipknot), and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman).

Source: The Hollywood Reporter