‘Suicide Squad 2’: These 3 Favorite Characters Will Definitely Return and More

In 2016, Warner Bros’ released the DC comic book film Suicide Squad to dismal reviews from critics. Even hardcore fans of the source material tended to dislike the movie, which was poorly written, haphazardly edited, and failed to do many of the characters justice.

In spite of that, Suicide Squad is still in the works. That’s because the first movie was actually a hit at the box office, grossing $746 million worldwide. That’s more than either Man of Steel or Justice League made. Now, fans are hoping that this sequel will right the first movie’s wrongs.

Here’s everything we know about the sequel to Suicide Squad, including the three actors who are definitely returning.

It will have a new writer and director

Gavin O'Connor speaking into a microphone and looking straight ahead.

Gavin O’Connor will be taking over direction. | Alberto E. Rodriguez

The writer and director of the original Suicide Squad, David Ayer, will not return for the sequel.

Instead, Gavin O’Connor will write and direct Suicide Squad 2. You’ll recognize O’Connor as the director of the 2016 Ben Affleck film The Accountant. He also directed and co-wrote the Tom Hardy/Joel Edgerton boxing movie Warrior.

So if you really disliked Suicide Squad, good news: Warner Bros. has replaced the person responsible. 

Filming will reportedly begin in late 2018

The cast of 'Suicide Squad' together in formation.

Suicide Squad 2 is in its early stages of production. | Warner Bros.

So when will we actually see Suicide Squad 2? Well, Variety is reporting that filming is expected to begin in fall 2018. They’re also reporting that Suicide Squad 2 is one of Warner Bros.’ top priorities. Filming apparently won’t start until later this year because of the actors’ busy schedules. Omega Underground had previously reported that filming would begin in October 2018.

Warner Bros. has not given the movie a release date. For some perspective, though, the first Suicide Squad began filming in April 2015, and it came out in August 2016. If Suicide Squad 2 were to begin filming in October 2018, and production takes as long as the first one, that would mean the sequel would come out in February 2020 at the earliest.

Conveniently, DC currently has an untitled film scheduled for Feb. 14, 2020. So it seems like this might be when Suicide Squad will come out. 

Warner Bros. recently made some big changes behind the scenes

Michael Del Luca accepting an award.

Producer Michael De Luca | Mark Davis/Getty Images

So is there any reason to believe that the next Suicide Squad might be better than the first one? It’s possible, as, in addition to hiring a new writer and director, Warner Bros. has also made some big changes behind the scenes after the disappointment of Justice League.

Before, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns headed the DC films. But now, Warner Bros. is moving Berg to a new position. Taking over as the head of DC Films will be Walter Hamada, producer of hit films like The Conjuring and It. 

In addition, Warner Bros. recently hired a new producer for Suicide Squad 2: Michael De Luca. He has produced some great, Oscar-nominated films like MoneyballThe Social Network, and Magnolia. This is significant because so far, all of DC’s movies have been produced by the same basic group of people.

But after a series of failures, Warner Bros. is bringing in some outside help. This should hopefully shake things up and result in a better Suicide Squad sequel.

Jared Leto will be back as the Joker

Jared Leto's evil smile in 'Suicide Squad'.

Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad | Warner Bros.

Jared Leto didn’t seem to be particularly happy with the first Suicide Squad. All throughout the movie’s press tour, he said that he was upset Warner Bros. cut out many of his scenes. There was also a fair amount of controversy over Leto’s method acting. Members of the cast also revealed that Leto really went over the top while staying in character as the Joker. This involved, among other things, sending them weird wrap presents like condoms and dead pigs.

For these reasons, it sounded like there was some chance Leto wouldn’t return astThe Joker. This seemed even more likely when it was reported that Martin Scorsese was producing a Joker movie for DC that would not star Jared Leto.

However, Variety is now reporting that Leto will be in the sequel. 

Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie in 'Suicide Squad' holding a hammer and snarling.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad | Source: Warner Bros.

Everyone tends to agree that the best part of Suicide Squad was Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn. She brought an energy to the film that a lot of the other actors didn’t. And her performance was pretty faithful to the character.

Since then, Robbie has received multiple awards nominations for her performance as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Will she even want to return to Suicide Squad?

Luckily, Robbie will be back in Suicide Squad 2, according to Variety. Robbie herself had previously suggested that she would be playing the character again in 2018. 

Will Smith will also be back as Deadshot

Will Smith, holding a shot glass while pointing to it.

Will Smith as Deadshot | Warner Bros.

Finally, one of the big draws to Suicide Squad was Will Smith, who portrayed Deadshot. He wasn’t great in the movie, but it’s easy to imagine a better version in the sequel. We might get that, as Variety is reporting that Smith will be back as Deadshot.

However, if the movie takes a while to come out, that might be because of Smith. An earlier report from Omega Underground suggested that filming was being delayed to accommodate his schedule. 

Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Karen Fukuhara have said they intend to return

Captain Boomerang 'Suicide Squad' crouching down and looking to the side.

Captain Boomerang | Warner Bros.

Joel Kinnaman has not been officially confirmed for the Suicide Squad sequel. However, he has indicated that he would like to return as Rick Flagg. While promoting the new season of House of Cards in 2017, Kinnaman said, “I think I’ll definitely come back for it.”

Jai Courtney, who played Captain Boomerang, has also not been confirmed for the sequel. But he told We Got This Covered that he wants to come back, saying, “I certainly don’t feel like I’m done with that character.” In addition, Karen Fukuhara, who plays Katana, wants to return and explore more of the character’s backstory.

One actor whose return isn’t clear is Viola Davis. She hasn’t said anything about being in Suicide Squad 2, and she apparently had a horrible time filming with Jared Leto. Still, Amanda Waller is an important enough character that Warner Bros. will obviously try to recruit her back for the second installment.

Separate movies about the Joker and Harley Quinn are in development

Harley Quinn and the Joker cackling and driving in a car in 'Suicide Squad'.

Suicide Squad fans have a lot in store for them. | Warner Bros.

Although Suicide Squad 2 is in the works, this isn’t the only movie we’re getting with these characters. One is Gotham City Sirens, which Suicide Squad‘s Ayer will direct. This is a spinoff about three female DC villains: Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy.

There’s also a standalone movie about The Joker in the works. But, confusingly, this has nothing to do with Leto’s Joker. This movie won’t take place in the DC universe. It will instead be a totally separate movie with a different actor playing the character. Martin Scorsese will serve as producer.

In addition to that, there’s also apparently yet another spinoff in development. This one is a standalone film about The Joker and Harley Quinn (the versions of the characters from Suicide Squad)According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love) will write and direct the film, which is being described as “an insane and twisted love story.”

Robbie has also said she’s working on a Harley Quinn spinoff, one that’s different from Gotham City Sirens. So yes, that’s four separate movies about Harley Quinn and/or The Joker that are in the works. 

DC has tons of other movies in different stages of development

Gal Gadot as 'the female lead in Wonder Woman'.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman | Warner Bros.

DC has a bunch of other projects in various stages of development. But it’s unclear which ones will actually come out, especially after the recent behind-the-scenes shakeup. Right now, the films that it appears are definitely getting made are AquamanShazamWonder Woman 2, and Suicide Squad 2. Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps also appear to still be in the works and currently have release dates in 2020.

However, all of the following are movies that DC is also planning: The BatmanBatgirlBlack AdamFlashpointGotham City SirensJustice League DarkNightwing, plus a Man of Steel sequel and standalone films about Deadshot, Deathstroke, and the Birds of Prey. It’s not totally clear whether all of these will end up hitting theaters.

However, one thing that’s clear is that going forward, DC is hoping to de-emphasize the whole cinematic universe idea, instead leaning towards making standalone movies like Wonder Woman. As changes are being made behind the scenes following Justice League‘s failure, it would not be surprising if we hear some big updates — including the cancellation of certain projects and the departure of some creative talent — in the DC universe in the coming months.

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