9/07/2017

'Suicide Squad 2' Lands 'The Accountant' Director Gavin O'Connor


I think in the back of our minds we've known this was the decision Warner Bros. would ultimately land on because it seems like the easiest way out of a pickle.  Variety reports that Gavin O'Connor will write and is in talks to direct Suicide Squad 2, which has been having trouble finding a director to help get it off the ground.

So why was this such an obvious choice? O'Connor has become the studio's new favorite director after he helmed Ben Affleck's surprise action hit, The Accountant, to over $150M worldwide. When Affleck first dropped out of directing The Batman, it was O'Connor's name that surfaced first as a replacement. He's also expected back for The Accountant 2, which should see him reunited with Affleck even though the actor appears to be on the outs with Warner Bros. right now.

O'Connor has developed a rep for stepping in to replace other directors, too. He took over from Lynne Ramsay on Jane Got a Gun and did a serviceable job, and he also replaced Matt Damon on the upcoming Father Daughter Time. On Suicide Squad 2 he'll be coming in after Jaume Collet-Serra dropped out some weeks back.

He steps in at a time that's pretty weird for DC Films. Two Joker movies, one a standalone origin story from Todd Phillips and another in-continuity that would pair Jared Leto's Joker with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. How or if the latter project has any impact on a Suicide Squad sequel is unclear, but O'Connor is a reliably safe pick no matter what gets thrown at him.

Shooting begins this fall, and if we're lucky maybe O'Connor can lure in his pal Tom Hardy for a role? Remember, Hardy was initially attached to Suicide Squad before dropping out. O'Connor is slated to direct Hardy's upcoming Bosnian War film, My War Gone By, I Miss It So.