This is the first time in weeks that we had a DC Cinematic Universe story that didn’t involve Ben Affleck. It would seem that life in Hollywood seems to be turning around for Mel Gibson. If news reports are to be believed, it would seem that Warner Bros is looking to court Gibson into directing the next Suicide Squad movie. Once you wrap you head around that, we will continue. Take your time.
THR is reporting that Gibson is being courted by the studio for the sequel, but they are quick to say that no offers or commitments have been made. Variety has gone a step further and claimed that they studio is, also, planning on talking with Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”).
While fanboys are already circling around what kind of movie Gibson SHOULD do, let’s take a moment to relax the fanboy fervor and think about this rationally. Given this is the internet, which makes that request a very tall order.
The odds of Gibson taking on this studio movie is slim to none. This is one of those stories that has a big DC property and a big name attached, so it will get hits. Bear in mind, Gibson has no kept his opinions of comic book movies to himself. Slashfilm reported in May of last year that he was offered the role of Odin in Thor.
He, also, told The Guardian what he thought about the current slate of super hero movies. “Some are good. Some are kind of funny … Guardians of the Galaxy. Or the first Iron Man. And some of them are just like retreats. I mean you can watch them do Spider-Man five times…”
He went on to say this about the current state of film: “There is a slight shift in film. But, then again, I think all films are suffering from people not being able to now open them with their name. It’s a different kind of business these days…I think you used to get more variety of stories, films and performances. You had more of a chance of a profound film experience. But that’s not gone. I think that has been relegated to the independent world – but they have to do it twice as fast for half the money.”
Gibson is not wrong. “I look at them and scratch my head,” he told Deadline about Batman v Superman. “I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different. I don’t know. Maybe they do cost that much. I don’t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less. If you’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the taxman gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors. … What did they spend on ‘Batman V Superman‘ that they’re admitting to? And it’s a piece of shit.”
Of course, some in the geek community would say that this is his chance to make a quality film. The major stumbling block would be the fanboys that would scrutinize every piece of information (truthful or otherwise) and condemn the film before it was released (i.e. Batman v Superman). Not to mention, Gibson is not a studio filmmaker. He is a filmmaker (like Quentin Tarantino), who will usher his own script and film it the way he wants to. Not to fit into someone else’s cinematic universe. You heard it here first: Mel Gibson will not be directing this movie.