Will Smith’s Deadshot has officially left the squad (for now).
Multiple sources confirm to Variety that Will Smith, who played Deadshot in 2016’s Suicide Squad, is NOT expected to reprise his role in the James Gunn-directed sequel. Insiders point to scheduling as the ultimate factor and that the decision was made on amicable terms between both sides.
Warner Bros, who has not confirmed yet who would be returning for the sequel, apparently wanted both Smith and Margot Robbie back most of all. Robbie plays Harley Quinn, who is set to lead her own sect of the DCEU, starting with Birds of Prey.
A while back, Will Smith was actually rumored to be leading his own solo film centered on Deadshot. With Smith exiting Gunn’s film, it can be assumed that the solo Deadshot film will also not see the light of day. At this point, this is pure speculation.
James Gunn, who was brought on last year as the film’s writer and director, is hoping to start production this fall. Gavin O’Connor was tapped at one point to helm the project but that eventually fell through, opening the door for the Guardians of the Galaxy director to take over.
The Suicide Squad is currently set for release on August 6, 2021.