Mel Gibson in talks to direct Suicide Squad 2
Is the resurrection of Mel Gibson complete?
After receiving an Oscar nod for directing the war pic Hacksaw Ridge, rumours are swirling that Gibson is being courted to helm Suicide Squad 2.
So, we’d say going from Hollywood purgatory to the DC Cinematic Universe pretty much means the comeback is complete, right?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson is familiarizing himself with the source material of the Squad, which focuses on villains such as Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the Joker (Jared Leto), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who are forced into action at the behest of a secret branch of the government.
The first Suicide Squad pic was filmed in Toronto and directed by David Ayer, who is moving on to Gotham City Sirens, which will involve some of DC’s female villains and be led by Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Despite working semi-regularly after a public meltdown that included an arrest for drunk driving in 2006, racist recordings and high-profile splits, Gibson hadn’t had a box office hit since 2004’s The Passion of the Christ.
The success of Hacksaw, both financially (it has grossed $164 mill worldwide) and critically, has changed that.
If Gibson does direct Squad 2, he’ll be joining a franchise that he publicly slammed (he called Batman v Superman a “piece of s---”).
During the press rounds for Hacksaw, he also took a dig at the comic book genre telling reporters, “Real superheroes don't wear spandex tights.”
But Mel, if you join the DCEU, please, give yourself a part. The Riddler maybe?
When we asked him why he wasn’t in Hacksaw last fall, Gibson joked, “I was in it… My shadow is in it. Also my arm is in it.”