News/opinion: ‘Suicide Squad 2’ might begin filming next year

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By: Myri Nieves

After the surprising commercial success of Suicide Squad on the big screen, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the WB has greenlit a sequel. Joel Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flag in the film, offered a small update on when ‘Suicide Squad 2’ could begin filming during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “As far as I know they’re writing the script and I think the plan is to shoot sometime in 2018, but that could change. I think I’ll definitely come back for it.” Kinnaman also expressed his desire for David Ayer to return and direct the sequel.

There has been no official word from Warner Brothers as to when the sequel could start filming and who will take the reigns from Ayer if he does not return. Based on news last year, it looks like the entire cast (sans Delevingne) will be returning for the planned sequel. Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) has been signed on to pen the screenplay for the Suicide Squad sequel. Ayer has also been reportedly tied to Gotham City Sirens with Margot Robbie, which follows the stories of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.

Writers thoughts: I’m one of the few people that didn’t completely detest Suicide Squad. I more or less saw it for what it was, which was a no-brainer fun action film with crazy characters and, mainly, Harley Quinn finally on the big screen. The difference between Harley’s grand entrance into the world of comic films, as opposed to Wonder Woman, is that her entrance wasn’t done the justice that it deserved. My biggest criticism with her portrayal was not Margot Robbie’s acting (I thought she did quite well) but the way she was presented to us.

If you notice, all of Harley’s merchandise was strongly Joker based. “Mad Love” t-shirts, Puddin chokers, J+H keychains, and the list goes on. Sure, she was initially created as Joker’s sidekick and unrequited love interest, but through the comics and stories themselves, she has evolved to be so much more than that and it was disappointing to see her being reduced to a lovesick Joker puppet with booty shorts and gratuitous ass shots. So, in the sequel, I’d like to see her take the reigns of her own life and show people who really is the boss of Gotham City crime. A cameo by Poison Ivy would be fantastic.

After Jared Leto’s less than stellar performance as the Joker, it would be good to see him tone it down a little and really focus on the Joker’s mindset. He has the potential to do great things with the role, but he needs better material to work with. Deadshot was the only portrayal I was pretty satisfied with so I’d love to see more of him and Captain Boomerang, who I felt didn’t have enough to do in the movie and stood around as a comical relief Aussie prop. And of course Katana, who was so hyped up in the trailers and turned out to be a great dud in the film, doing nothing except a few slashes and weeping over her dead husband. A fully developed Katana who wields her powers and catches the souls of men with her sword would be incredibly satisfying to watch on screen.

While Suicide Squad was a domestic and international success, it did raise a lot of critic’s eyebrows and for the most part found it without substance and structure, which I agree with. With the smash that Wonder Woman brought this previous weekend, I have high hopes for Suicide Squad two and future DC films.

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