To call Suicide Squad one of the worst tent poles in recent memory seems like I'm selling the film somewhat short. Suicide Squad is one of the worst movies I've ever sat through in a theater - a committee-based production whose every cynical creative decision felt like it was made in a boardroom in an attempt to milk max dollars from the general public.
You already know this, but David Ayer's movie is an abject failure on nearly every conceivable level, any semblance of genuine weirdness or character development buried beneath an avalanche of studio notes, seemingly scribbled on bar napkins while reviewing test screening score cards. Put in an Eminem needle drop here. Position Will Smith into the spotlight more. Introduce the Joker because, well...what other villain is instantly recognizable in this "DC Movieverse"? It's a blatant act of exploitation I should probably admire (as I'm the guy with a Cannon Films tattoo on his forearm). But shit, at least Golan & Globus loved the form they were demolishing.
Anyway, Joel Kinnaman thinks he knows how to fix Suicide Squad 2 (beyond hiring the director of 2016's absolutely bugnuts The Accountant). While doing the rounds for Netflix's upcoming Altered Carbon (which Kinnaman is admittedly great in), Rick Flag himself was asked by Yahoo! want "went wrong" with the movie, and Kinnaman had this to say:
“In the third act - it was a great set-up, great characters. I think when we do the second one, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a more grounded version of the film. 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."
Well, no. Look, magic shit is fun, and nobody bought a ticket to Suicide Squad thinking it was some gritty procedural about the ins and outs of former convict life (I hope). If anything, Slipknot proved that realism in these movies means that people just die when explosives go off (RIP Slipknot - Adam Beach they did you dirty).
The key to making Suicide Squad 2 better is simple: focus on making a movie instead of a comment card response. While that doesn't seem that hard, DC is also shook post-Justice League, so it's probably only going to get worse from here.
The new and improved Suicide Squad 2 is slated to come out next year, maybe. Then again, maybe not.