Although the live-action DC universe has had a bumpy road to theaters, there are a handful of characters and performance that stand out among the rest, with fans are hoping for more. For David Ayer's Suicide Squad, that was the case with both Harley Quinn and Deadshot. The latter was played by the great Will Smith, with the character presented as a complicated villain, murderer, father, and friend. It's currently unclear when Suicide Squad 2 will happen, but Smith is still very interesting in playing the character-- specifically in his own solo movie. When recently asked about leading a movie, he said:
It looks like Will Smith is very interesting playing Deadshot in more DC movies. But although there have been some meetings, there doesn't appear to be a concrete plan for the actor to star in a solo flick.
Will Smith's comments come from a Youtube Live video he did (via Heroic Hollywood), where the actor fielded some questions before bungee jumping from the Grand Canyon for his 50th birthday. In it, Smith provided a quick update about his DCEU character, and the motivation to possibly do a spinoff movie of his own one day. But smart money says Suicide Squad 2 will happen before then.
As it stands now, Suicide Squad 2 is still very much in development, with no release date or production start announcement. The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor is currently attached to both direct and write the project-- taking on the mantle from David Ayer. Leading actors Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto have all expressed their interest to return, and hopefully fix the misstep that was the first film. But that's not happening anytime soon.
Back in August, it was announced that Suicide Squad 2 was going to be delayed, reportedly so Will Smith could film the sequel to Netflix's Bright. In the meantime, it seems DC is moving forward with its Birds of Prey movie, allowing Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn to appear in another DC movie before teaming back up with her villain buddies. Smith always has a ton of projects going on at once, and this point in his career is certainly no exception. As such, we'll have to wait for Deadshot to come back and kick some more ass.
Deadshot does seem like a great character to give a solo movie, perhaps even a prequel. His life of crime was only briefly scene and referenced in Suicide Squad, as well as his relationship with his daughter. Perhaps a solo movie could turn back time, and show Deadshot in his hayday.
The Birds of Prey movie is currently slated to arrive in theaters on February 7, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.