Hollywood is buzzing with rumors that Will Smith will not return to reprise his role as Dead Shot in Warner Brother’s Suicide Squad sequel. Nothing is official yet, but Variety has reported that the studio does not expect Will to be in the second installment of Suicide Squad.
In the report, unnamed sources say scheduling was the deciding factor on whether Will would be back, and that the break up was amicable. Most industry experts believe WB wanted its biggest stars to return, namely Will Smith and Margo Robbie who played Harley Quinn in the first Suicide Squad movie, with the other actors and characters being filled in on the fly.
James Gunn, who was penciled in to direct the 3rd Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but was subsequently let go by Disney amid untasteful tweets resurfacing, has been announced as the writer and director of Suicide Squad II. Gunn and DC have promised a “fresh take” on the Suicide Squad, which is not without risk.
Most fans panned the third act of the 2016 Suicide Squad, and critics crushed it for being derivative and disjointed. However, the movie did have a following, with Smith and Robbie doing their best to save a weak script. The movie ended up making $746.8 million, one the highest grossing films in the DC Cinematic Universe. Losing a star like Will Smith could spell trouble for the sequel, and all eyes will be on who DC and Gunn choose to replace him with.
Suicide Squad II is scheduled to be released on August 6, 2021.