According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comeback of Mel Gibson has piqued the interest of Warner Bros. as they begin their search for the director of the sequel to Suicide Squad. After being panned by critics, Suicide Squad seemed to be another blow to the DCEU. With shakeups involving directors and writers for the untitled Flash film and The Batman, Warner Bros. seem to be in the headlines every week with its DC properties. With news of Affleck dropping the role of director for his Batman film, backlash from DC fans was imminent. With Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) now attached to direct The Batman and the shocking Suicide Squad-Gibson news, is WB making the right moves to win back critics?
After being in Hollywood jail, Mel Gibson escaped with the release of the war epic Hacksaw Ridge starring Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn. The success of the film has resulted in the film landing six Academy Award nominations including Best Director for Gibson and Best Picture. Hacksaw Ridge saw Gibson back in the director chair for the first time in a decade.
The news of Gibson being scouted for Suicide Squad may hush critics or leave them scratching their heads. Mel Gibson previously criticized WB’s Batman v Superman which makes this news almost as weird as the ‘Ryan Reynolds on the Shortlist for Green Lantern’ rumor. Variety has also reported that Warner Bros. have met or plan to meet with Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”) regarding the position. As of right now the sequel to Suicide Squad doesn’t have a release date but you can see the DCEU again this June with the release of Wonder Woman.