Despite declaring that their 2016 tentpole film Batman v Superman was a “piece of s#!t,” Mel Gibson is reportedly being courted by Warner Bros to direct Suicide Squad 2.
The Hollywood Reporter says, “Warner Bros. is courting the actor-director to helm Suicide Squad 2 and the sides are early in talks. No official offer has been made nor has any commitment.”
The report adds that Gibson isn’t the only director on the list, which also includes Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash, and the upcoming Life). These are two dissimilar choices. Gibson is known to be a visionary filmmaker (he is nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge, which has made $164 million worldwide), while Espinosa hasn’t really broken out after his hit Swedish crime movie Snabba Cash, and its sequel.
According to THR’s sources, Gibson is familiarising himself with the project before making a decision. The Mad Max star’s reputation took a hit after much-publicised controversies in the 2000s. But post the success of Hacksaw, he is being flooded with offers, including a sequel to the hit Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home.
In September, Gibson slammed superhero movies, especially Batman v Superman. “It’s a piece of s**t. I’m not interested in the stuff. I’m not interested in the stuff. Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic-book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex. So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot,” Gibson told Deadline.
2016’s Suicide Squad was directed by David Ayer, who is currently prepping Gotham City Sirens (which will focus on the female villains in Batman’s rogues gallery) for Warner Bros.
Follow @htshowbiz for more