Despite being a financial success, “Suicide Squad” stands as one of DC and Warner Bros. worst received efforts. Behind the scenes struggles no doubt contributed to this, but it was, at best, a mess. In hiring James Gunn to write and potential direct a sequel (potentially called “The Suicide Squad“), changes are expected to the franchise. Today, it seems like one big change is confirmed, and it involves the first film’s biggest star.
Variety has the exclusive, reporting that Smith is not going to return for the sequel. Scheduling is apparently the cause, so either the character of Deadshot will either be recast or not included in this follow-up. Margot Robbie‘s status is also up in the air, which would severely impact the star power that the project can boast.
The story includes the following bit:
Even though his return had not been made official, sources tell Variety that Will Smith, who played Deadshot in the original, is not expected to return for the studio’s upcoming sequel. Sources say scheduling was the ultimate factor and that the decision was made on amicable terms between both sides with no hard feelings.
Though the studio has never confirmed who would be returning for “The Suicide Squad,” insiders say the studio has always wanted its biggest stars like Smith and Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn in the first pic, to return while figuring out other casting decisions along the way.
Smith will be just fine without this franchise. If “The Suicide Squad” loses both Robbie and Smith, it’ll be a full do-over for Gunn and company. It may be risky, but after the first one, there’s really nowhere to go but up.