Suicide Squad 2 is schedule to start production in fall 2018 and to be released in 2019, and Rick Flag actor Joel Kinnaman says the sequel will be, “more grounded” than the first. The sequel will be written and directed by Gavin O’Connor as opposed to David Ayer. Stars may already be preparing for the sequel, as Joel Kinnaman along with Captain Boomerang actor Jai Courtney and El Diablo actor Jay Hernandez were seen working out on social media. Many fans believe that El Diablo will be resurrected after seeing Herandez’s appearance in the photo.
The original Suicide Squad was enjoyed by fans but hated by critics who, despite the entertaining story about bad guys forming a super hero team, could not help but point out the movie’s obvious shortcomings. Whether or not Suicide Squad is thought of as a good movie or a bad one, success is measured only by the box office numbers, and with Suicide Squad making $746 million worldwide, there was little doubt that fans were going to get a sequel. Suicide Squad 2, however, will have more than a few changes.
Joel Kinnaman talked about the movie’s pros and cons in an interview with Yahoo! about his upcoming TV Series Altered Carbon on Netflix. He admitted the the movie falls apart a little in the third act, and went more in depth about how Suicide Squad 2 could be better saying,
“It was a great set-up. Great characters. I think that when we do a second one I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see more of a grounded version of the film. I think the characters are so extreme, so I think it could be more effective if we’re seeing them with maybe less sorcery. Because the characters become more extreme if you see them in conjunction with more real people.”
Many agree with Kinnaman’s sentiments that the movie falters in the third act. Many found the Enchantress over-the-top in seducing the squad members with their greatest wishes. Even David Ayer himself admitted that Joker would have been the better villain. Jared Leto’s Joker, however, had his own problems that need to be dealth with. Mant agree that with less sorcery and a better nemesis, the Suicide Squad would have seen more success.