Mel Gibson meets with Warner Bros. about potential DC collaboration

Both sides are in early talks without any official offer or commitment being confirmed. Despite its less than satisfactory results however, Warner still interested in making a Suicide Squad sequel and they've already been eyeing directors to lead the project.

It had been previously reported that the studio was courting Gibson and Lithgow to play the fathers of Wahlberg and Ferrell respectively, and sources now say the deals have closed. Gibson's a talented, Oscar-winning director who knows action cinema and knows how to work with movie stars. But he's also been a director on a number of movies, including Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, and Apocalypto.

Mel Gibson most recently directed the true World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield. Presumably Mr. Ayer will be too busy with Gotham City Sirens to handle Suicide Squad 2. And it would be downright shocking if he actually signed on for the job.

Two time Academy Award victor Mel Gibson has two different projects in the news today. It's his first studio title since 2010's Edge Of Darkness and his first studio sequel since Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998. He wrote the sequel's script with John Morris.

Reports first surfaced that a Suicide Squad sequel was being courted previous year. The first one had a ton of positive buzz around it, with fans excited for what looked like a fun departure from the usual superhero fare. Ayer, meanwhile, is working with Robbie on another DC Comics film, Gotham City Sirens. That said, cash is king, and the movie did make $745.6 million worldwide on an estimated $175 million budget, so there's that too.

  • Larry Hoffman