“Suicide Squad 2” has finally found its new director. Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant”) came in and wowed Warner Bros. and DC execs with his vision for the film and landed the job, according to Deadline.
The hiring decision was apparently made today for the “Suicide Squad” sequel, which lost original director David Ayer to spinoff film “Gotham City Sirens.” After Ayers departure, Warner Bros. had a highly publicized hunt for a new director, eyeing Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and then Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop”), who instead opted to board Dwayne Johnson’s Disney project “Jungle Cruise.”
O’Connor will write the upcoming sequel with writing partner Anthony Tambakis (“Warrior”); the job is a tall order for any writer or director, as the first film brought in $745 million worldwide. While the movie wasn’t exactly a hit with fans, the massive take at the box office guaranteed a sequel. Warner Bros. has already secured Will Smith (“Concussion”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and the rest of the squad for the upcoming film.
In fact, Warner Bros. is planning several spinoffs from “Suicide Squad.” Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”) has already been picked to direct solo spinoff “The Joker,” and directing team John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“Focus”) have been tapped to direct another spinoff featuring Harley Quinn and the Joker. Oh, and then there’s “Gotham City Sirens” as well. No matter your opinion of Leto’s Joker, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.
O’Connor is best known for his directing of “The Accountant,” which starred Ben Affleck (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”). The director is already working on a sequel with the actor, who also plays Batman in the DC universe. O’Connor is also known for his work on “Warrior,” “Pride and Glory,” and indie flick “Tumbleweeds.”