The Suicide Squad 2 Has Been Canceled?

By Doug Norrie | 2 days ago

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When The Suicide Squad was released last summer, it was a much-needed jolt for the DC Extended Universe, offering a combination of action and laughs that the franchise really hadn’t seen all that much of, at least in the Zack Snyder-led movies and arc. But James Gunn breathed new life into things, even resetting things from the first attempt at the characters. It’s what made folks already start clamoring for The Suicide Squad 2, knowing there was still plenty of meat on the bone with the characters who made it all the way to the finish line. But now it’s looking like the sequel might not be coming at all with James Gunn instead focusing his attention on other characters and productions in and around this world.

James Gunn was speaking to The Playlist (via ComicBook) and talked about all of the projects he had in the pipeline while also lamenting that there might just not be enough time to do everything out there. With this discussion came the possibility of a The Suicide Squad 2 with the director admitting that it was on the back burner at least for the time being. Gunn said, “…the honest truth is, I just have so many hours in a day to work on stuff. And I had such a fun time working in television that I really think that’s what I’m going to spend the next year of my life doing.”

James Gunn went on to say that there had been discussions about a sequel for this film, but that it was really only that, talks. Firm and concrete plans for a The Suicide Squad 2 weren’t out there at this point, though he did leave the door open for the possibility in the future.

When James Gunn said that he might be choosing television work over getting back into movies for something like The Suicide Squad 2, it doesn’t mean he’s walking away from the DCEU, far from it. The director has a couple of different things lined up that will be in this universe including the second season of the hit series Peacemaker which took HBO Max by storm last year. And he’s also hinted that he’s working on another project that will include some of the characters from that series as well. There had been speculation this would be in the form of a series around Amanda Waller, though Gunn threw cold water on that notion.

The reason fans had gotten so excited about the chance at a The Suicide Squad 2 was because of what James Gunn brought to this story and these characters when he reset things after the disappointment that was the David Ayer version the first time around. Keeping on Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Gunn cast different leads with Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as the aforementioned Peacemaker, and David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man among many others. The dark and comedic tone completely worked for this group and the movie was a resounding success with critics.

While we can’t totally rule out a The Suicide Squad 2 coming in the future, it doesn’t look like it will be for quite some time, if it were to land at all. But there is solace in the idea that James Gunn keeps working on adjacent stories in this universe.