The DC Extended Universe released the first Suicide Squad film back in August 2016. The film was a financial hit, but critics and audiences didn’t give the film a warm reception. Despite of this, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Suicide Squad 2 is still in the cards, and The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor is set to write and direct the film, with Todd Stashwick serving as a co-writer.
Stashwick was recently interviewed by Discussing Film, where he was asked about his work as the co-writer on Suicide Squad 2. While he didn’t give any specific details regarding the film’s plot, Stashwick updated us on the status of the film’s script:
“We have finished our draft and I’m really proud of it… It’s a sequel to the first film. Again, I can’t say anything else. Our intention is to tell an exciting story, deepening these characters.”
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was widely considered to be a major misfire for the DCEU. Because of the mixed-to-negative reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from critics and fans alike, Warner Bros. was aiming to course correct the tone of their universe by making it a little less dark and even adding in some humor.
It was heavily-reported that reshoots for Suicide Squad just a few months before it hit theaters were utilized to interject more humor, with Geoff Johns adding some new dialogue for the characters to deliver. The end result was a film that many found to be disjointed and reeked of a film made by committee. Since its release, Ayer has made comments about what he felt were shortcomings in the finished product.
Perhaps with O’Connor and Stashwick on Suicide Squad 2, critics and audiences will warmly respond to their take on Task Force X. Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are widely expected to reprise their roles as Deadshot, The Joker and Harley Quinn respectively.
At this time, there are three DCEU films that fans already have had glimpses of: Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984. Also, the highly-anticipated Joker directed by Todd Phillips and starring Academy Award-nominee Joaquin Phoenix is set to begin filming very soon. For all the online discussions about whether or not the franchise remains in big trouble, perhaps the potential at all three of these films receiving critical acclaim along with high box office numbers will further enthuse audiences at new pictures under the DC Films banner.
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Source: Discussing Film