Suicide Squad star Joel Kinnaman knows how to improve the sequel

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

If you’re in the fan camp let down by the way Suicide Squad unspooled the plot of its true villain, you’ve probably got some apprehension — as well as an opinion or two — about how the forthcoming sequel might set things right. But what about the people in the movie? How, for example, would Rick Flag whip the next installment in DC’s budding franchise into shape? 

Well, for starters, he’d ground it in a bit more reality. Speaking with Yahoo Movies UK, Joel Kinnaman, who’ll be revisiting the role of Rick Flag in Suicide Squad 2, said the franchise’s cast of already out-there characters needs some surroundings that feel a bit more realistic — if for no other reason than to let that contrast highlight just how over-the-top characters like Harley Quinn and Deadshot really are.

“I think when we do the second one I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a more grounded version of the film,” he said. “The characters are so extreme it could be more effective if we saw less sorcery. I think the characters become more extreme if you see them in conjunction with real people.”

Kinnaman also surprised literally no one when he shared his biggest beef with the original movie: “The third act!”

Set to begin shooting in fall of 2018, Suicide Squad 2 is one of two superhero projects set to be helmed by director Gavin O’Connor (The Green Hornet is the other.) With a filmography that includes directorial turns for gritty dramas like Pride and Glory, Warrior, and The Accountant, O’Connor might just be the right person to carry out Kinnaman’s wish.

In the meantime, the bigger spotlight is on Kinnaman for his portrayal of jaded P.I. Takeshi Kovacs in Netflix’s highly-anticipated Altered Carbon — a role that, on the eve of the series' release, may turn out to be an even bigger one than Kinnaman’s turn as Rick Flag.

You can catch Kinnaman in Altered Carbon beginning February 2 on Netflix. As for the Suicide Squad 2 release date, hang in there. We’re still in for a pretty long wait — at least until 2019.