David Bar Katz And Todd Stashwick Take Over Suicide Squad 2 Writing Duties

by Erik Amaya

 

While it is still unclear if Suicide Squad 2 will take up one of Warner Bros. Pictures 2020 release dates, it may yet make the deadline.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Bar Katz and Todd Stashwick will join director Gavin O’Connor in crafting the latest draft of the sequel. Both hold superhero bonifides with Katz having worked on a rewrite of Todd MacFarlane’s Spawn while Stashwick comes directly from Gotham.

The film will presumably reunite Will Smith’s Deadshot with the other survivors of the first film as Task Force X is sent out on another mission. It is possible they will have to collect Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley (Margot Robbie) from whatever killer’s paradise they found after he busted her out of Belle Reve. Of course, that plot could be diverted if any of the other Joker or Harley projects — including one informally known as “Joker and Harley” — develop quicker and head into production first.

The studio currently has two release dates — February 14, 2020, and June 5, 2020 — reserved for unannounced DC-related projects. According to the schedule first established in 2014, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps should be the two films for 2020, but it is unclear if that is still the case. Other films in the 2014 slate, including Shazam! and Aquaman remain on target while The Flash keeps losing directors and Justice League Part 2 vanished entirely.

A recently announced Jared Leto-led Joker project suggests the studio is interested in following up Suicide Squad with more films in the tone of that box office hit. That could mean the schedule will be altered further with Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps falling by the wayside.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.