Film news this past week have given us what might seem like a stroke of genius or the worst idea ever: Mel Gibson as the director of the Suicide Squad sequel.
Sure, Mel Gibson is enjoying the comeback of a lifetime with his film Hacksaw Ridge, nominated for six Oscars (including a Best Director nod for him), but is it really a good idea for him to take the reins? Let’s see why Mel should stay away from this.
No one doubts that Mel Gibson is a great director. The man knows what he is doing, but is he the right choice for a comic book film? His experience with Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Hacksaw Ridge tells us that Mel is great with war and high-profile drama, but he might not perform as well if he has to bring the best out of Jared Leto’s Joker.
Mel’s treatment of women
Let’s make something clear: the Joker/Harley Quinn relationship in the first Suicide Squad was one of the most toxic romances seen on screen, and Gibson has a history of misogyny that won’t help at all when he takes over this story. Will he make Harley kick the Joker’s ass? Or will he still mistreat her? We’ll have to wait and see.
But seriously though, what about the past decade?
Has everyone really forgotten about all of Gibson’s controversies? Sure, we can accept that he had a drinking problem when all this happened, but is it enough to forgive the man? With Hacksaw Ridge, it looks as if Hollywood is ready to take him back, and giving him a superhero film would prove that Mel is the king again.
DC is too weird right now
We don’t want to blame anyone in particular, but after seeing how successful the Marvel films are, with their famous three phases and everything tying up nicely, isn’t anyone at DC worried about how their journey is going the opposite way? Is Mel Gibson the best choice to solve this mess?
Superhero movies don’t really belong to their directors
Mel Gibson is an old-school filmmaker with Oscars in his living room. What does this mean? Basically, that there would be trouble if he were to make a Suicide Squad film. These movies are part of a larger process in which the director is there mostly to hold the camera. The creativity (or lack of) that these films allow their directors to have is not something that Mel is ready for.
Mel should take it slow
The man has just come back to the A-list, and he shouldn’t risk it. If Mel directs the Suicide Squad sequel and critics hate it (and they most certainly will), then it could back to square one for the Braveheart director.
After the Ben Affleck debacle, it’s not safe anymore
Sure, Affleck only stepped down as director, but what if he quits the role as well? Nothing would surprise us at this point, but this kind of instability might mean that Gibson could direct the film and then get fired in the middle of the shooting. You never know…
Mel hates superhero films
Seriously. Only last year, he said that Batman v Superman was a “piece of shit.” Is he accepting the job to sabotage superhero films from the inside? He has been quoted saying that he’s “not interested in the stuff. Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex.” So… don’t hire Mel, maybe?
Please, there are too many movies already
The main issue here is, do we really need another Suicide Squad film? Sure, the first one was a box office success, but it was panned by pretty much everyone. Shouldn’t Hollywood be filming less superhero movies with better quality, instead of just throwing a million DC movies at us, all of them of dubious quality? We already have solo films for Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn, and just those two would be enough to make everyone forget about previous disasters. And another Suicide Squad will certainly not let us forget at all. Not everyone can be Marvel.