After a decade or so of being untouchable in all the worst ways, Mel Gibson is finally making his way back into the cultural milieu with a series of featured appearances in films like The Expendables 3 and the under-seen Blood Father, as well as a directorial credit for the critically acclaimed Hacksaw Ridge. After last year’s Suicide Squad debacle earned the film some of the worst reviews in the DCEU’s history, it seemed like a lost cause that we’d ever get a decent movie out of these people.
And while Gibson has been tapped to star in Daddy’s Home 2 alongside Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, he may also be in the running to direct the Suicide Squad sequel after The Hollywood Reporter wrote that “sources say that Gibson is familiarizing himself with the material.” A shocking turn of events, to be sure, after Gibson called Snyder’s Batman v Superman “a piece of shit,” in an interview last year with Deadline, going on to say (in reference to the film’s $250 million dollar budget):
“I’m not interested in the stuff. Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic-book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex. So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
Gibson would surely be a radical choice for a DC movie but also a perfect one. Suicide Squad reeked of a film that needed someone more confident in the director’s chair, both for the film and all of the people who tried to meddle with it. David Ayer, writer-director of the first film, does great work when he’s given a low-budget and full creative control, as we saw with End of Watch. But tackling a franchise like that resulted in a movie that had far too many moving parts both on and off-screen to ever work. Bringing in a legend like Gibson might be just the thing to stabilize the franchise, given how clear it is to everyone – including the actors and directors in the DCEU – that this whole thing is on the verge of going under.
Other directors in consideration include Ruben Fleischer (who, honestly, would be a bust), Daniel Espinosa, and Jonathan Levine, who seems like a good decision. But again, these are all directors who don’t have a ton of clout, and it seems like bringing in a pro would be the best way to go about this. Regardless, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on what’s ultimately decided in the coming weeks!
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