Will Smith Drops Out Of James Gunn's Suicide Squad 2

The actor who played Deadshot in the 2016 film is not returning for the sequel.

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The upcoming Suicide Squad sequel has lost one of its biggest stars. Sources told Variety that Smith, who played Deadshot in the 2016 Oscar winning film, is not expected to return for the follow-up reportedly due in part to scheduling issues.

Smith and Warner Bros. reportedly parted ways amicably. It's also worth nothing that Smith was never even officially confirmed to return as Deadshot in Suicide Squad 2. According to the report, producers wanted Smith and Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn, to return for the sequel. No official casting announcements about Suicide Squad 2 have been made as of yet, however.

Suicide Squad might not have been a critical hit, but it made $746 million at the global box office, which basically guaranteed a sequel. As mentioned, it won an Oscar--for Makeup and Hairstyling.

The sequel is to be written and directed by James Gunn, who directed the Guardians of the Galaxy movies before Disney fired him. Production on Suicide Squad 2 is expected to begin this fall, and the movie has a release date of August 6, 2021.

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I liked Will's portrayal of Dead Shot, but I have no investment in the original character myself.

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The volume of superhero movies is just getting out of hand. When will it ever end?

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@Redline65: Eventually, right now they are the wild west films of modern day. Wild West films were popular for a good couple of decades, so it's possible they could continue to produce them for another 10 or 20 years.

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And nobody cares.

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Gonna be The Matrix all over again for him. James Gunn is a film making virtuoso.

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The DC movie universe is such a mess.

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Dr Smith probably opted out when they brought in Gunn. Shocked he's still getting work after what he did. WS is big enough to tell execs to "bugger off" when they try to attach him with unsavory sorts.

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@southsouthsac: why are you shocked?

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No lost with will Smith leaving he wasn't even playing Deadshot . He was playing will Smith worse dceu film to me

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Worst joker ever.

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This was the one and only movie in my 45 years experience, that I left theatre after 20 or so minutes...

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Good. Will Smith is a terrible actor.

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more games , less movies pls...

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Good for him.

That movie was so awful and so unnecessary, so good for him for ditching the sequel to tend to more important projects. And by 'important', I mean just about anything else.

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@Person4: yea more important projects like bright and wild west sequel/reboot lol

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Maybe now we'll get an actual Deadshot who keeps the bloody mask on

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@dagrimmreepa: Maybe also a Harley Quinn who wears the Harley Quinn outfit.

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@Elranzer: she did wear the outfit briefly in a flashback.

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@Elranzer: I don’t disagree with you but let’s be honest with ourselves, she hasn’t worn that outfit in the comics for a long time, and to the main stream public her “Suicide Squad” look is more recognizable.

Don’t get your hopes up.

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The original movie was complete crap. No character building whatsoever, and the joker was a joke. Just a bunch of cheap thrills, bad puns, and huge female buns.

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@Xanitra: don't forget a very cliche line up of old popular music, put in settings where the meaning of the song was completely irrelevant with what was on the screen or even the direction of the movie.

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Too bad, I liked Him in the original movie

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@sakaixx: i called that movie, Will smith and his super bitshs XD

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YES!!!

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Oh Don Cheeeedle! ?

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@ZombieVirolina: haha. He loves taking over black superheroes

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makes me wonder if Cavill is gonna officially announce that hes out of JL sequel

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@shadowwarrior4: It was officially announced that he will no longer be playing Superman, though.

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@Henry518: yea the studio said but he never said it did they fire him or was it a quiet exit cause hes doing Geralt of Rivia for netflix now

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@shadowwarrior4: They ain't making a JL sequel anytime soon.

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@gamingdevil800: lol i know but if you look at comingsoon.net they have JL sequel schedules for June 2019 they must have never gotten the memo