Suicide Squad 2 Director Shortlist Includes Mel Gibson


When it was announced a few months ago that David Ayer would be directing and producing the Suicide Squad spin-off Gotham City Sirens starring Margot Robbie, it seemed unlikely that he would return to the director’s chair for Suicide Squad 2 as well. Now this week we have confirmation that Warner Brothers will be hiring someone else to take over the franchise and we’ve got our first look at the list of directors under consideration to do it. Most notably, and perhaps most surprisingly, Mel Gibson is one of the filmmakers that the studio has met with, providing further proof that his Hollywood comeback is complete. His WWII film Hacksaw Ridge is currently up for Best Picture at the Oscars this year and Gibson himself is also nominated for Best Director. The other directors on the Suicide Squad 2 shortlist are as follows:

  • Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad)
  • Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life)
  • Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50)

Something tells me that pretty much all of these guys are more likely to end up landing the gig over Mel Gibson, although Gibson did at least confirm that he has met with the studio. Fleischer was in the running to direct Justice League once upon a time and Levine was previously on the shortlist for a couple of Marvel movies including Spider-Man: Homecoming. Mel Gibson will also be reteaming with Vince Vaughn on screen for a thriller called Dragged Across Concrete, to be written and directed by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk). Who would you like to see direct Suicide Squad 2?

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  • Lori Cerny

    Fleischer would capture the tone of SS2. Gibson, well, that seems like a step-down for him to tackle SS2. Maybe he’s planning a trade-off to get a project that he really wants to direct afterwards?

  • No one important

    I don’t know why any director would consider taking on a comic book film, without final cut approval. It’s such a beloved genre and the potential interference by the studio ruining your vision would seem like such a deterrence, especially with the kind of backlash received when the final product is a mess. I’m curious, in the development stage process of making a film are the attached directors getting paid money? And do they keep the specified money if the studio decides to not go forward with their vision?

  • Scott

    I would love to see this, but something tells me the Safe House jobber will probably end up getting the gig. Surprising, too, as Gibsin is on record saying he is not a fan of the super hero movie movement.

    On a side note, where is that picture from? I wanna say it’s some press shot for Braveheart, but Gibson looks much older in it.

  • It was part of a photoshoot for Empire, where actors revisited iconic roles.

  • Scott