Suicide Squad doesn’t land into cinemas until August, but there’s already some buzz that Warner Bros. is making plans for a sequel (however, at this point in time, this rumour has not been officially been confirmed by WB – so make of this what you will), with director David Ayer and actor Will Smith (who plays Deadshot) as well.
“I’ve seen Suicide Squad, and I can tell you that movie really works,” Ben Affleck (who plays Batman in the DC Extended Universe) told Entertainment Weekly. “That movie is really, really cool and fun and awesome.”
The fact that there’s already buzz about a sequel to Suicide Squad speaks well for the film’s quality though – the only other film I can think of, off the top of my head, that had talks of a sequel before it was even released was Deadpool…and look how well it’s been going. So for Warner Bros. to already having talks about a Suicide Squad sequel five months before release is a rather promising sign, especially with the report saying that they’re aiming to get the cameras rolling again in 2017. It seems like WB wants to make a sequel sooner rather than later. It’s also got the seal of approval of Ben Affleck (himself an Oscar winning screenwriter and directing Argo, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture).
So what can we expect to see in a sequel to Suicide Squad? As I mentioned previously, the rumour says that Ayer and Smith will be back for the sequel, but given that this is the Suicide Squad we’re talking about, I expect at least one or two people in the incarnation debuting in 2016 to die. Quite possibly more.
One character that we can certainly expect back is Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.
Ruthless antiheroic, high-ranking government black ops agent, she’s often been associated with government organisations like Checkmate and ARGUS, acting both with and against superheroes in the name of national security. Most notably, in the DCAU (DC Animated Universe) she was at the head of Project Cadmus, a genetic engineering project designed to produce superhumans to take out the Justice League. In the actual comics, they ended up producing Superboy, intended to be a successor to Superman himself (he died, but got better, as superheroes do). I’m not sure whether or not Cadmus in the current continuity falls under the aegis of ARGUS, but it’s not too far of a stretch to imagine that Waller would have some investment in any potential big-screen Cadmus adaptation (a future storyline when the Justice League is fully assembled, perhaps?).
As an individual, Amanda Waller is probably the best person to represent government pressure on the League, an unmatched power-broker, a ruthless sociopath that will cross every line all in the name of protecting her country. She is someone that has no qualms with crossing the line, unlike the more morally squeamish heroes. And she can get away with it. I’m definitely expecting for her to play a bigger role in the DCEU moving forward. Having signed on for three films, which presumably includes Suicide Squad, that means that there are 2 more left on her contract. If she appears in a sequel, then she can only appear in one more film – barring a contract renegotiation of course, which happened with Robert Downey Junior after Iron Man 3, with Marvel Studios contracting him back on for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and both halves of the two-part film Avengers: Infinity War.
Smith is already said to be returning; Margot Robbie seems also to have a multi-film contract with Warner Bros, so it’s quite possible that she will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in a second Suicide Squad instalment. Hopefully though, apart from these 3 no other original cast members will reprise their roles. The team is called the SUICIDE Squad for a reason, and it’s not because of their great healthcare plans.
Deaths – such as they are in comics – are a rather common occurrence for the Squad members, and having all the characters reprise their roles would be – I won’t say unfaithful, but perhaps a disservice of sorts would be more apt. Since the Squad’s incarnation, there have been many, many criminals to serve on it, so there’s definitely a rather rich mythology that they can dig into, to introduce more villains into the public eye. I for one would love to see King Shark up on the big screen one day – The Flash may have done him first, and done him well, but there’s only so far you can go on a TV budget. And by swapping around for other characters associated with the Suicide Squad since it was first introduced, Warner Bros can introduce/bring back fan favourite characters like Deathstroke and focus on their own character development, which is often (understandably) overshadowed by that of the heroes’.
At such an early stage of course, we can’t really say what the plot of the Suicide Squad sequel – if its even greenlighted – would be, but I’m going to go out on a hunch and say that I think it’s going to involve something to do with Project Cadmus, with Waller using the Squad in various heists, gathering up failsafes against the Justice League…and perhaps even drawing some League members into the conflict.
If the sequel ends up shooting in 2017, then by then Justice League – Part One would have wrapped filming – and presumably, the Justice League will have formed. Could Waller be organising some kind of failsafes using Project Cadmus against a possible uprising by the Justice League, a la the Justice Lords in the DCAU, or Superman and his regime in Injustice: Gods Among Us?
Only time will tell.
Of course, all this is contingent on the Suicide Squad actually giving a decent box office draw. But if they do end up bombing at the box office, we can all at least rest easy knowing that they are indeed, the Suicide Squad.
Suicide Squad releases in cinemas August 5th.