Everything we know about ‘Suicide Squad 2’ so far

Dwayne Johnson may make his debut as villain Black Adam in 'Suicide Squad 2'

'Suicide Squad 2' news

Despite scathing reviews, DC’s Suicide Squad was a financial success, raking in more than $745 million worldwide. It should be no surprise then that Warner Bros. plans to make a sequel expanding its interconnected film universe. While details about the film remain scarce, Warner Bros. is putting the pieces together.

For those who missed Suicide Squad, the film took a different approach than most superhero movies, following a band of supervillains who, having been captured, are forced to work for the government and undertake high-risk missions. The band of misfits includes the assassin Deadshot (Will Smith), grimy thief Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and former psychologist Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).

The plot of Suicide Squad 2 is a mystery for now, as is the full roster. Big names like Smith and Robbie (whose performance was one of the most popular parts of the film) will almost certainly return. And although some — including director David Ayer himself — were upset by how little the Joker (Jared Leto) was in the first film, it seems like he may be returning in the sequel.

One big question hanging over the film is whether, despite the financial success of the original, the critical backlash will hurt the franchise moving forward. Our reviewer considered the film to be “far from the worst comic book movie in recent years,” but still described the action as ultimately “bloodless.”

There is no official release date for Suicide Squad 2, although 2019 is likely. Here is everything we know so far. There may be spoilers ahead.

A weapon of mass destruction

Dwayne Johnson has been teasing “a really cool surprise” for the introduction of his DC Comics character, Black Adam, and it looks like that is no exaggeration. Signs now point to the supervillain making his debut in Suicide Squad 2. Sources tell The Wrap the plan is for Johnson to appear in the film.

Nothing is confirmed at this point, but according to insiders, the sequel will see the motley antihero crew working to locate a weapon of mass destruction. Their search will reportedly put Black Adam in their sights, as he himself will be the weapon of mass destruction. It is an intriguing idea, not only because it would bring Johnson’s character into the fold but because the popular actor’s addition would possibly give the film a boost.

Assuming The Wrap’s sources are correct, Johnson will have to fit the film into his busy schedule next fall. Suicide Squad is slated to begin production in October 2018.

A mastermind

Gavin O’Connor was hired after a period of uncertainty about who would take over the director’s chair left vacant by Ayer, who is helming another DC property, Gotham City Sirens. In taking on Suicide Squad 2 directing duties, O’Connor also agreed to write the script. He comes to the project having recently directed the action film The Accountant.

Before O’Connor landed the job, other directors rumored to be on WB’s short list included Mel Gibson — apparently back in demand after the success of Hacksaw Ridge. Recently, Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed the recent shark attack movie The Shallows, seemed to be the top choice for Suicide Squad 2; however he took another gig directing Jungle Cruise, an upcoming film starring Johnson.

Update: Added news of Dwayne Johnson’s reported role in the film.