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Suicide Squad 2 recruits The Accountant's Gavin O'Connor to write and direct

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Mar 25, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT (Updated)

With so many DCEU films being juggled by the folks at Warner Bros. right now, we won’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping track of things, puddin’. But this latest news should provide a bit of clarity, at least as far as Suicide Squad 2 goes. (Keep in mind though, we’re not talking about Gotham City Sirens, the Joker/Harley Quinn movie, the Joker origin story, or The Batman.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gavin O’Connor has been tapped to write and direct the Suicide sequel, which Jaume Collet-Serra recently dropped out of the running for in favor of Disney’s Jungle Cruise, and which Suicide Squad director David Ayer vacated before that, in order to helm GCS. Along the way, Mel Gibson, Ruben Fleischer, and Jonathan Levine were also rumored to be on the short list. 

Granted, he’s by no means known as a genre guy, but O’Connor has experience making at least one superhero look good -- Ben Affleck, aka Batman (for now) -- in another hit for Warner Bros., The Accountant. O’Connor is still currently attached to direct that film's sequel, as well. He previously directed Warrior (which he also wrote), Miracle, and Pride and Glory, among other film and TV shows. 

Although scheduling conflicts may be an issue, Suicide Squad 2 is expected to return many of the main players from the original, including Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Will Smith as Deadshot.  

What do you think? Is O'Connor the right man for the job?