CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21:  Mel Gibson attends the "Blood Father" Photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May
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The Hollywood Reporter is hearing that Mel Gibson is in early talks for Suicide Squad 2. After largely being held at arm's length by Hollywood for a (too short?) while, the 61-year-old returned as in 2016 with Hacksaw Ridge, his fifth directorial effort. A brief video also emerged of a live talk Gibson gave on Wednesday where he confirmed that he and Warner Bros. have been "in a room talking about story and coming up with ideas, [which] kinda gets you jazzed."

Ridge has been celebrated, and will compete for six Academy Awards at the upcoming ceremony, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Andrew Garfield. It's a good platform for Gibson to rebuild upon, but he still needs every ounce of goodwill he can get. So is he seriously considering taking over a franchise which, on movie No. 1, landed in the same quality-dumpster as Batman v Superman?

But hey, who knows how Gibson's making his decisions, considering he and fellow conservative Vince Vaughn are doing Dragged Across Concrete, a police brutality movie where they're the police, or should we say the "two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due."

"Sources say that Gibson is familiarizing himself with the material," says THR of Suicide Squad 2. "But the studio is not being passive and is also looking at other directors, Daniel Espinosa [Child 44] among them."

Suicide Squad director David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) is now doing Gotham City Sirens, a spinoff that'll center on Harley Quinn and more female DC villains.

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