Out doing press for his role in Netflix’s sci-fi series “Altered Carbon,” actor Joel Kinnaman says that a sequel to 2016’s DC Comics adaptation “Suicide Squad” is a ‘big priority’ for the studio.
The first film, in which Kinnaman played Colonel Rick Flagg, earned over $740 million at the worldwide box office. Kinnaman spoke with Collider about where things currently stand with the sequel:
“I just know that they are working intensely on it. I know it’s a big priority at Warner Bros., but it’s an equally big priority to get it right. We all felt that we had lightning in a bottle, in a way, and it partly got away from us, a little bit. It’s really important to harness everything that was great about it, and then fix what didn’t really work. So, I know they’re working on it, and we’ll see. I’m very excited to read something, but I don’t have any new information.”
He also said recently he thinks the sequel will be more grounded than its predecessor. Asked what he thought went wrong with the first film, he responded:
“In the third act. It was a great setup, great characters. I think that if, when we do a second one, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more of a grounded version of the film. I think the characters are so extreme, so I think it would be more effective if we’re seeing them [around] maybe less sorcery. Because I think the characters become more extreme if you see them in conjunction with more real people.”
The new film is expected to shoot in the fall of this year with the original cast returning, including Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, but nothing’s confirmed there yet.