For those hoping for a continuation of the events from David Ayers’ Suicide Squad (anyone?), it sounds like you’re out of luck. Peter Safran, a producer on several DCEU projects, confirmed in a recent interview that James Gunn’s upcoming take is considered a Suicide Squad reboot. Not a sequel like everyone was assuming.
When asked by JoBlo “How excited should people be for Suicide Squad 2?”, Safran stated that “we don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 ‘cause it’s a total reboot”. He then went on to offer a title, branding the film as The Suicide Squad, and hyped it up by saying “I think people should be extremely excited about it. It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot.”
Safran also solidified that, following the news of Gunn being rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, his Suicide Squad reboot for Warner Bros. and DC would still be the priority. He clarified that “Everybody knows on both sides that Suicide Squad is the priority today and he’ll finish that movie and then everybody knows that his next film will be Guardians.”
It may seem abrupt, but Warner Bros. and DC allowing for Gunn to have a clean slate is the best course to take. Opting for a Suicide Squad reboot as opposed to a sequel with a pre-established canon allows the talented director the creative freedom to craft an original story with no preconceived confines.
We know that Idris Elba is on board as the new version of Deadshot in the Suicide Squad reboot. And one would imagine that Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn since she’s slated to reappear in other DCEU films in the works as well. But whether Gunn’s script completely starts a new, or simply omits the events of the original Suicide Squad, is to be determined.