Suicide Squad 2 Won't Start Filming Until Late Next Year
According to Variety's Justin Kroll, production on Suicide Squad 2 won't start until late 2018 at the earliest owing to Will Smith's busy schedule.
While Warner Bros hasn't set an official release date for the sequel, it had been previously reported that they were hoping to start filming early next year. However, it appears as though Will Smith's commitments to Disney's live-action Aladdin for director Guy Richie and Ang's Lee's sci-fi thriller Gemini are causing Warner Bros to delay their plans. The latter sounds very exciting as its premise finds Smith as an aging hitman who becomes locked in a life or death battle with a clone of his younger self.
A recent report from Deadline claimed that Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) was the current frontrunner to helm Suicide Squad 2, yet he's not officially signed up, and the sequel is still without a director. Jaume Collet-Serra is currently readying to direct Jungle Crusie for Disney with Dwayne Johnson, so there could very well be a scheduling conflict that takes him out of the running.
Just when you thought the DCEU was getting on track after Wonder Woman, news broke that Martin Scorcese was attached to produce a standalone 80s set Joker origins movie with director Todd Philips (The Hangover). Then, barely a day later Warner Bros revealed that a Harley-Quinn and Joker spin-off with Margot Robbie and Jared Leto reprising their roles. At first, it was believed that the Harley & Joker movie would take the place of female centric Gotham City Sirens, but Warner Bros are still planning to make the spin-off, and Suicide Squad director David Ayer is still attached.
In the time since those announcements, Leonardo DiCaprio has emerged as the studio's first choice, which might sound unlikely, but as he's made five films with Scorcese, there is a chance that DiCaprio might consider taking on the role.