Suicide Squad 2 aiming for an R-rating, with Mel Gibson in talks to direct.

Suicide Squad 2 is in early development, following the smash success of Suicide Squad last summer. Warner Bros. has been in talks with Mel Gibson to direct the sequel. David Ayer directed the first offering and will not return to the project. Ayer is currently developing Gotham City Sirens, another Warner Bros./DC Comics project starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

Mel Gibson is reportedly “familiarizing himself” with the world of DC comic book villains to prepare for Suicide Squad 2. There is also a rumor that Suicide Squad 2 is aiming for an R-rating, a hot trend in comic book movies following the massive success of Deadpool and the soon to be seen Logan. Mel Gibson is no stranger to graphic violence and action sequences, seen in Braveheart, Passion of the Christ, and his current Oscar nominated epic Hacksaw Ridge.

Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) has also been approached about Suicide Squad 2. Currently on, Suicide Squad 2 says it’s aiming for a 2019 release, with Jonathan Levine set to direct (Levine has no credits to his name).

Currently it doesn’t look like Jared Leto will reprise his role as The Joker. There have been no plans made, and Leto was reportedly very unhappy with his performance, which earned him a Razzie nomination. Jai Courtney, who played Captain Boomerang, recently said he hasn’t heard anything about reprising is role for the sequel.

The plot, release date, and filming dates are still in development. Although there is a lot of mystery around Suicide Squad 2, one can’t help but think how epic it would be to have a gritty, action packed R-rated sequel directed by Mel Gibson, full of crazy violent battles and hopefully more scene stealing moments from Margot Robbie as the insanely great Harley Quinn.