The DC Extended Universe can feel like a pretty chaotic place lately, amid the news that DC Entertainment is shuffling leadership at Warner Bros. (again), Henry Cavill is reportedly out as Superman, and we're still not sure that Ben Affleck will be back as Batman. It's hard to keep track of what's moving forward, what's on hold, and what we might never see anymore. Well, if you were interested in a Suicide Squad sequel, you can apparently place that film in clear "moving forward" territory.
Speaking to Discussing Film, Todd Stashwick — who is co-writing Suicide Squad 2 with director Gavin O'Connor and David Bar Katz — provided a very brief but very clear update on the film's progress.
"We have finished our draft and I’m really proud of it," Stashwick said.
Stashwick also responded to a question about the film's story by simply saying it's, obviously, a sequel, and it will be an "exciting story" with the goal of "deepening" the characters in the Squad. Everything else is still being kept under wraps.
This is good news, though, for anyone who's been wondering exactly what was up with Suicide Squad 2, a film that's often fallen between the cracks when discussing all of the various DCEU projects out in the world in various stages right now. Obviously we know that Aquaman and Shazam! are already well on their way to theaters, Wonder Woman '84 is filming, and Cathy Yan and Margot Robbie's Birds of Prey film doesn't look too far off.
Then there are all of those other projects, some of which have been delayed for what feels like forever. Most prominent among these is Matt Reeves' The Batman, which may or may not have an actor to fill the title role. According to a report that surfaced last week, Reeves has also turned in a draft of his script to the studio, so that's progress, but we might not hear anything definitive for some time.
So, where does this leave Suicide Squad 2? Right now, in terms of the Squad's characters, Robbie's Harley Quinn seems to be taking the lead, which gives Birds of Prey priority, so that film has to be shot first. Then, there are various concerns over Will Smith's availability to return as Deadshot, which could push the Squad sequel's production start into late next year.
With all that in mind, it's hard to tell when this film will transition from "the draft is done" to "we start shooting on Monday." Right now, though, Suicide Squad 2 has a director, a script, and a returning cast, and that's more than some DCEU films can say.