The first Suicide Squad movie was a big hit for Warner Bros., despite how poorly received it was by fans. The company confirmed a sequel ages ago, but hasn’t given us a firm idea yet of when it’ll be coming along. That might just be because of continued director problems. Now, though, a new director is helming the movie and we’re hoping it might finally get moving. Gavin O’Connor, director of the MMA flick Warrior and the Ben Affleck movie The Accountant, is stepping in.
Mel Gibson was once attached to direct the sequel, followed by horror and action director Jaume Collet-Serra. Both eventually moved on, and it’s been almost a month since we’ve heard anything about the status of the movie. With O’Connor attached, maybe we’ll get a projected release date soon.
While the common thread among Marvel movies tends to be that they’re a bit same-y in look and feel, DC and Warner Bros.’ comic book films connection seems to be trouble keeping directors. A family tragedy forced Zack Snyder away from Justice League. The Flash has seen a whole laundry list of directors pass on the movie. Even The Batman saw star Ben Affleck vacate the director’s seat.
Why does this keep happening?
The original Suicide Squad‘s journey to the big screen might point us at a reason why. David Ayer directed the movie, but it seems studio interference changed the direction of the movie. With so many directors passing on and stepping away from these movies, it’s hard not to think that that always-knows-best execs might be digging in their heels too much. It’s hard to pull in Oscar-nominated-and-winning directors like Affleck, Gibson, and Rick Famuyiwa when the contract says “suits get the final say” down at the bottom.
That’s speculation, but the evidence seems to bear it out.
I’m hoping O’Connor can find a middle ground and get the movie moving. And that Warner Bros. will learn its lesson and let movie makers make movies.