Warner Bros.' top choice to direct Suicide Squad 2 is ... Mel Gibson?

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Jan 22, 2021, 4:50 PM EST (Updated)

Critical beating aside, Suicide Squad was a substantial commercial success for Warner Bros. last summer, and while director David Ayer and star Margot Robbie are leveraging that success into spinoff flick Gotham City Sirens, the studio still wants a direct sequel to keep the film's other characters going. We haven't heard much about that film, but Warners is now on the hunt for a director, and they're apparently after a somewhat strange choice for the job.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is in "early talks" with Mel Gibson to direct Suicide Squad 2. Yes, really. Gibson is apparently taking some time to get familiar with the Squad, and no offer has yet been made. He is the top choice, though, ahead of other directors like Life's Daniel Espinosa.

In some ways, this isn't that weird. Gibson's a talented, Oscar-winning director who knows action cinema and knows how to work with movie stars. Plus, he's riding high after the success of his World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, which earned him lots of new studio attention and an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

That said, aside from the fact that he's never touched superhero flicks before, I just don't get this choice. Gibson's past problems in his personal life -- including a drunk driving arrest, anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks, and abusive phone calls to his ex-girlfriend -- will create at least some measure of bad press for Warner Bros., a studio already struggling with its superhero universe.

More importantly, many fans still find it hard to welcome Gibson back into Hollywood, and some will still shun him altogether. Whether you consider him redeemed or not, he's not exactly a forward-thinking choice, and backlash to this news has already begun (seriously, go check Twitter right now).

What do you think? Should Mel Gibson get a shot at Suicide Squad 2?