David Ayer's Suicide Squad is a film with a complicated history. The film was famously rushed through development, had to undergo many mid-production changes, and ultimately received some vicious reviews from professional critics when it came out in the summer of 2016. Despite all of this, however, the movie wound up being a massive hit all around the world -- bringing in nearly $750 million worldwide -- so it's not really a huge surprise that Warner Bros. and DC Comics are currently developing a Suicide Squad 2.
But what is the status of the sequel? When will it come out? Who is involved in making it? It's all of those questions that we plan to address with this new edition of our What We Know So Far guides. So read on, and find absolutely everything we've learned about the development of Suicide Squad 2!
What Is The Suicide Squad 2 Release Date?
It's become customary for major movie franchises to announce full slates of projects that look as many as five years into the future -- but that route hasn't worked out so well for the DC Extended Universe so far. As a result, until recently, the only developing blockbuster with an actual release date was James Wan's Aquaman, which will be coming out on December 21 of 2018. This means that we don't actually know the specifics of when we will be seeing Warner Bros. release Suicide Squad 2 into theaters -- but we definitely can confirm for a fact that the sequel is in the works, as the company revealed in late summer of 2017 that the sequel will be released sometime in 2019.
While they didn't announce any specific dates for the majority of the company's projects, Warner Bros. made it very clear during San Diego Comic-Con 2017 exactly which films they are planning on moving forward with, and Suicide Squad 2 was one of the titles that was mentioned in that conversation. Previously, that meant that the film could realistically have come out any time between 2019 and 2025. Obviously, knowing that Suicide Squad 2 has 2019 squarely in its sights isn't exactly specific, but you can be sure that we will be keeping a sharp eye out for more details in this department.
What Is The Suicide Squad 2 Rating?
Both Deadpool and Logan have done a radical job completely changing the comic book movie game where ratings are concerned. While it was once believed that the blockbusters had to be PG-13 in order to bring in key teenager demographics, it has been shown multiple times that it's very possible to make a crazy amount of money while only appealing to adults. It's not an industry development that Warner Bros. has yet to take advantage of with their DC Extended Universe franchise just yet, and as a result there's every possibility that Suicide Squad 2 will have the same rating as its predecessor -- but it remains a question that doesn't actually have a firm answer.
Prior to the release of Suicide Squad in the summer of 2016, writer/director David Ayer told a reporter that the thought of an R-rated Suicide Squad 2 was an idea "worth lobbying for" -- so with the right minds at work, one could see the approach as still being on the table. That being said, Ayer is not actually making the sequel himself anymore, and whoever the studio brings in might wind up thinking that an R-rated approach is stupid. We won't know more on this front until the project moves further into development, which makes for a perfect segue into our next point of discussion...
Who Is The Suicide Squad 2 Director?
Until recently, the subject of who Suicide Squad 2's director would be was a fluid one, as the project existed without a mind to guide it for a while. Given the financial success that the first movie experienced, you'd expect that Warner Bros. would bring David Ayer back for the follow-up, but he's actually unavailable because of his work on another DC Comics property. In early September 2017, the studio finally filled the vacancy, with The Accountant's Gavin O'Connor being hired to direct and write the upcoming blockbuster.
After some suggestion that Mel Gibson could potentially be the man to make Suicide Squad 2, there were reports in July 2017 saying that the job belonged to The Shallows' Jaume Collet-Serra. Unfortunately, this was a short-lived engagement, as news stories surfaced just a couple weeks later saying that the filmmaker would no longer be working on the comic book project. In 2016, Warner Bros. had an unexpected hit with O'Connor's film with Ben Affleck, The Accountant, so it seems likely that this led to the eventual decision to hand this portion of the DCEU over to him.