Mel Gibson might be joining the DC Universe.
According to reports, the actor-director is being courted by Warner Bros. to helm the superhero sequel, scheduled to hit theatres in 2019. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter no official offer has been made, but Gibson is said to be familiarizing himself with the material. Should Gibson not pan out, the studio is reportedly making a plan B with director Daniel Espinosa of “Safe House”.
The first film was written and directed by David Ayer, who has since moved on to his next projects including the development of “Gotham City Sirens” which will focus on the female villains of Gotham City, reuniting him with his “Suicide Squad” star Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
The “Suicide Squad” sequel would mark the first superhero flick for Gibson, who is currently riding high on a Best Director Oscar nomination for his war film, “Hacksaw Ridge”. However, Gibson has a busy schedule ahead of him, both in front of and behind the camera.
Gibson has three acting roles lined up, including a still-to-be-confirmed role in the comedy “Daddy’s Home 2” and is set to re-team with his “Hacksaw Ridge” actor Vince Vaughn for the gritty crime drama “Dragged Across Concrete”. He’s also picked his next directing project, a war drama called “Berserker” which is still in the pre-production process.