Suicide Squad 2 might be coming sooner than you think. While Warner Bros. has yet to officially confirm a sequel to the comic book flick, the studio is reportedly already making plans to move forward with a follow-up.
The news comes out of a recent report from Variety about the upcoming thriller, Bright. According to the publication, Bright, which will reunite Suicide Squad star Will Smith with director David Ayer, is specifically adjusting its filming schedule around the duo, in order to free them up for the DC Comics sequel next year. “The hope is to get production rolling this year [on Bright] in order to get both Ayer and Smith ready for a Suicide Squad sequel shoot by 2017,” the report reads.
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Warner Bros. wants more Suicide Squad movies, as comic-inspired blockbusters like this one are almost always envisioned as franchises. As comic fans know, Suicide Squad centers on a group of imprisoned supervillains who are recruited by the government to execute a dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. The movie boasts an all-star ensemble cast, including Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, and Scott Eastwood among others.
From the sounds of it, the studio is already taking steps to ensure that both Smith and director and co-writer Ayer will return for the sequel, and it’s probably safe to say that it will want to bring the rest of the players (at least, all the surviving ones) back as well. Of course, nothing has been publicly confirmed yet, so which stars will reprise their roles still remains to be seen.
There’s also the matter of where exactly a Suicide Squad sequel will fit into Warner Bros.’ DC Comics-themed lineup. Right now, the studio has eight comic movies — from Wonder Woman to Green Lantern Corps — scheduled from summer 2017 through summer 2020. If Suicide Squad 2 starts shooting in 2017, that would likely put its release sometime in 2018. With The Flash and Aquaman already expected to premiere in the spring and summer of that same year, the studio might aim to schedule the Suicide Squad follow-up into a fall slot.
Obviously, the sequel is only in the early stages of development right now, so fans will have to stay tuned for more details — and an official confirmation from the studio — in the coming months. With Warner Bros. looking to get Ayer and the cast back to work sooner rather than later though, it’s clear the studio is fairly certain that the movie will meet our high expectations.
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