Mel Gibson; Finally Taking the Superhero Movie Plunge?

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Mel Gibson, the former Braveheart, has confirmed he is in talks to direct the Suicide Squad sequel. During a screening of his latest movie Hacksaw Ridge, and subsequent Q+A session, Gibson was asked about how close things were to him taking on the task of directing a second Suicide Squad movie.

Gibson replied stating how; “it’s kind of a first date.”

Added to that comment, Justin Kroll, a reporter for Variety, took to Twitter to state how;

Kroll went on to say;

The prospect of working with the talent the calibre of Will Smith and co. would definitely be appealing to Gibson, but that’s not to say he’s definitely a shoe-in for the position. Other directors, including Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) and Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House) are all under consideration for the project.

The problem is, though, Suicide Squad, whilst better than Batman Vs Superman, was still not a good movie.

Sure, it had a great aesthetic to it and the premise was okay, but the overall character development and subsequent plotholes saw to it that, in essence, the movie was really only ever going to be about Will Smith’s Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Jared Leto’s Joker had minimal screen-time, Jay Hernandez’s El Diablo was borderline useless, and, arguably, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc was even worse.

Cara Delevinge’s Enchantress was the atypical all-powerful villain, who was still taken down by mere humans? And throughout all of it, wouldn’t it have just been easier to send Batman in there? He was in Gotham City at the same time after all, and it is kind of his job. Oh well, at least Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang was funny.

There is no release date set for Suicide Squad 2 but it is more than likely going to happen, whether Gibson is attached to it or not. As Jamie Davies always says, money dictates everything. Don’t tell him I gave him some credit, though, please?

-James Wright (22/02/17)

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