We've heard that Suicide Squad 2 is being fast-tracked into production, but it's beginning to look like the sequel will most likely not start shooting for another year. Variety‘s Justin Kroll has reported on Twitter that the film isn’t expected to begin production until fall 2018 at the earliest. The reason? Will Smith is a busy guy! He will be working on several other projects including his role as The Genie in Disney and director Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin remake.
Suicide Squad director David Ayer is not involved with the sequel. DC is also developing a spinoff film featuring Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn – who, along with Smith’s Deadshot, were the standouts of the first Suicide Squad movie.
Suicide Squad did well at the box office but was demolished by critics and had its origins in the pre-Geoff Johns regime of the DCEU. And because there is a stockpile of DC Comics films that are currently in some stage of development, ranging from David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! to a stand alone Joker origin film, it’s easy to see why there is no rush to make Suicide Squad 2.
So hearing at the earliest, SUICIDE SQUAD 2 won't go in to production until fall 2018 because of Smith's schedule with ALADDIN and GEMINI— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) August 29, 2017