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Insiders say early footage has WB excited about SQUAD so much so that they are beginning to develop a sequel even though one isn't dated— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 3, 2016
According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Warner Brothers is so impressed by Suicide Squad at this point that they’re already in the early stages of development on a follow-up. They’re apparently looking to fast track the sequel so that it shoots next year for a release in 2018. Needless to say, this was much faster than we were expecting any sequel to happen. What’s more, Warner wants to bring back the entire crew for Suicide Squad 2.
Been hearing for awhile the studio wants this sequel up as quickly as possible and that they also want all players back including Ayer— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 3, 2016
David Ayer is currently working on a new film called Bright that will also include Will Smith. The word is, Warner Brothers is trying to get that film to shoot this year in order to make sure Ayer is available to direct Suicide Squad 2. However, Ayer working on Bright does mean that they will need somebody else to take over the screenplay side of the equation.
Hearing studio is already looking for writer since Ayer will be busy with BRIGHT— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 3, 2016
The level of excitement for a Suicide Squad 2 is a 180-degree shift from what we’ve heard coming out of Warner Brothers for their other, bigger, DC comic property. The rumors from early screenings of Batman v Superman; Dawn of Justice is that the studio is worried it may have so much trouble that it could set the entire Justice League related plan. It’s also possible that this is a direct result of that fear. If WB is looking to push the entire franchise back for whatever retooling is needed, that would create holes in the schedule, and they’re looking toward Suicide Squad to help fill them.