As we continue on the roller coaster ride that is the DC Extended Universe, things seem to be at a more hopeful place at the present moment. Wonder Woman‘s soaring success helped out the DC superhero franchise gain some points with general audiences after the somewhat lukewarm receptions for its first three titles, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. So, as of right now the folks at Warner Bros. are riding on a high, but the question remains whether they can turn that into more well received cinematic offerings. With a pantheon load of projects currently scheduled for the next few years, the most interesting of them may very well be the sequels to already established subbranches such as the Margot Robbie, Jared Leto starred Suicide Squad.
Jared Leto’s reaction to the final theatrical cut of Suicide Squad was a little unimpressed to say the least. The actor openly revealed his upset at the amount of Joker scenes cut from the movie, which is total understandable given the work he had put in to develop his version of the iconic Batman villain. If the cut scenes weren’t enough, Warners more recently announced its plans for a Joker Origins movie, which will be a one-off film separate from the DCEU, but has its eyes on Leonardo DiCaprio for the iconic role – which would no doubt take some of the limelight away from Leto. However, Leto seems to be optimistic about Suicide Squad‘s sequel and the appointment of a new director has played a big part in that.
The film’s original director, and director of the first movie, David Ayer, stepped away from the project in order to focus on another DCEU story Gotham City Sirens, which is said to feature an all-female lineup including Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, leaving a big gap for a new filmmaker to takeover. It was recently announced that Warrior filmmaker Gavin O’Connor will be directing the sequel. Following the announcement, Jared Leto was asked, courtesy of Collider, about his thoughts on Gavin O’Connor ‘s recruitment.
“I think Gavin is incredibly talented, he seems to be the perfect director for Suicide Squad 2. I think he’s a really gifted filmmaker and I really love his work.”
No doubt, Leto will be hoping for a heavier Joker presence in Suicide Squad 2 and with O’Connor now taking the reigns he has the opportunity to establish more of his vision for the character with the 53-year-old director.
At this point, it remains unclear as to whether projects like Gotham City Sirens will actually see the light of day, as we haven’t heard much about the movie since its announcement, but Suicide Squad 2 shows a lot of promise given that is has an already-established franchise and that a steady stream of news updates, such as the latest regarding O’Connor’s appointment, continue to be released.
Suicide Squad 2 is set for release in 2019.