Well, this certainly seems like a strange call.
After the unexpected financial success of Suicide Squad (despite general audience reviews leaving something to be desired), Warner Bros has elected to attempt to spin three new movies out of Task Force X.
While the proposed Deadshot movie is probably going to take a long time to bear fruit, work is already well under way on Gotham City Sirens, the spin-off starring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and the center of a team of female supervillains.
This movie will benefit from David Ayer, who directed most (but not, it’s been rumored, all) of Suicide Squad, and will likely be the best place that fans of Suicide Squad can go if they want more of the same.
These fans definitely exist, but it’s hard to get a specific reading on how prominent they are among those who’ve seen Suicide Squad, as they have a tendency to shout louder than the casual viewer. Whether they outnumber those who didn’t enjoy the first movie is debatable, but unlikely.
But what to do with the main Suicide Squad series, and the opportunity to slap a number 2 next to the original movie’s logo in order to rake in big bucks?
Apparently, DC has a very specific vision of what this movie will be – they’re looking for something a little less like Suicide Squad the First, and a little more like Passion of the Christ.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mel Gibson has been offered the role of director for the project, suggesting that DC aren’t exactly concerned about controversy with this new movie.
While Gibson was first made famous for playing Mad Max in the original movies of the same name, he’s most widely known now for making anti-Semitic comments that effectively turned Hollywood against him in a matter of seconds.
Gibson is a controversial choice to direct Suicide Squad 2, but fans can have hope that this plan won’t come to fruition. According to Variety, directors Jonathan Levine (who directed Warm Bodies) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) are also being considered by the studio, just in case Gibson thinks that making a DC movie might hurt his reputation.
All of this bears the question: if your shared movie universe is so universally reviled that Mel Gibson might not want to be associated with you, is it time to walk away?
Not if DC has anything to say about it, apparently. There’s still money to be made, and that’s what matters most.