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For its third movie, the DC Extended Universe opted to turn its attention away from traditional superheroes and focus on criminals who are coerced into saving the world. The Suicide Squad has been a mainstay in the DC Comics universe since the late 1980s, and while the 2016 movie was a critical dud, it ultimately proved itself to be a box office success, making over $746 million worldwide. Suicide Squad 2 is now in active development, but according to Joel Kinnman, who play Colonel Rick Flag, Warner Bros is taking its time with the sequel because it doesn't want to repeat the mistakes that the first movie made. When asked when he thinks he might see a script or learn when Suicide Squad 2 starts shooting, Kinnaman answered:
I don't know. I just know they are working intensely on it. I know it's a big priority at Warner Bros., but it's an equally big priority to get it right. We all felt that we had lightning in a bottle, in a way, and it partly got away from us, a little bit. It's really important to harness everything that was great about it, and then fix what didn't really work. So, I know they're working on it, and we'll see.
Rushing a movie is never a good idea, but in this day and age when many superhero movies and other blockbusters are given firm release dates, sometimes that's just the problem that pops up. For Suicide Squad, its August 5, 2016 release date was already in place when David Ayer, the director and writer, came aboard, so he only had six weeks to pen the script so that production would begin on schedule. It sounds like Warner Bros has learned its lesson for Suicide Squad 2, as the sequel has yet to be officially dated. And as Joel Kinnaman told Collider, it's also important that Suicide Squad 2 nail down the Suicide Squad elements that worked and toss out what didn't. If stretching out the creative process results in a better follow-up, then by all means, take that extra time.
Right now, Suicide Squad 2 is reportedly expected to start rolling cameras this fall, though that could possibly change down the line. With David Ayer working on Gotham City Sirens (as well as returning for Netflix's Bright 2), Suicide Squad 2 directing duties have been passed to The Accountant's Gavin O'Connor, and The Legend of Tarzan's Adam Cozad is penning the script. Along with Joel Kinnaman reprising Rick Flag, Will Smith's Deadshot, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, Jared Leto's Joker and Jai Courtney's Boomerang are also expected to return. It also looks like Jay Hernandez might be back as Diablo, which is interesting considering that he died in Suicide Squad. No official plot details for Suicide Squad 2 have been released, but it was reported last November that the sequel could see the team of government-supervised villains going to Kahndaq to battle Black Adam, who has been labeled a weapon of mass destruction.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates about Suicide Squad 2, and look through our DC movies guide to learn what other projects the DCEU has in development.