James Gunn is set to make a soft reboot of Suicide Squad with his sequel, and though Harley Quinn is set to return in the film, it looks like Deadshot won’t be.
As per The Wrap, Will Smith has officially dropped from Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. There was nothing about creative differences cited though; it was said that Smith’s exit was due to a scheduling issue. Smith is set to start shooting the sequel to Bright in July, and SS2 is set to begin production in September.
What’s ironic is, Smith will be working on Bright 2 with the director of the first Suicide Squad, David Ayer.
For now, it’s said that the studio is currently deciding on two options—whether to replace Smith’s Deadshot character with another actor or have an entirely different character introduced. Seeing that Smith’s Deadshot performance was one of the best things to come out of the first movie, I think it’s best they just have a new character come in so that Smith could still have a chance to appear in the future.
One fan favorite choice to replace Deadshot is Deathstroke. The character had already been teased with the end of DC’s Justice League, and their names practically sound the same. Hopefully Joe Manganiello would be open this time around.
The Suicide Squad is set for a release on Aug. 6, 2021.