It seems like DC might be getting cold feet.
Sometimes moviemaking can get out of hand.
A group of executives are all shooting out ideas, snorting lines of “productivity” to help get the creative juiced flow.
Someone suggests that they hire one of the world’s more infamous and hated racists as a director of their upcoming movie, and in the heat of the moment, it all seems like a good idea.
After all, the notorious anti-Semite Mel Gibson might be a vile human being, but he got an Oscar nomination for Hacksaw Ridge, so he can’t be all bad, can he?
But as news that DC had offered Gibson the chance to direct Suicide Squad was announced, there was something more of a fan backlash than the studio had expected.
Apparently, it seems, expressing hatred of the Jews isn’t something that the general moviegoing public is all that willing to forgive – something which DC somehow failed to realize, but which would have been apparent if anyone at Warner Bros had taken even a cursory glance at any of the events from the middle of the twentieth century.
So now, faced with the inevitable consequences of their actions, the studio executives behind this decision are resorting to the tried and tested method of fixing them problem – they’ve turned off their cell phones and are hiding under their bed covers.
To his credit, Mel Gibson is taking this in his stride. When asked by Entertainment Tonight about whether he’d be directing Suicide Squad 2, the original Mad Max said:
“I don't know. I just met some guys about story points. It's not a done deal or anything. But it's just fun to shoot the bull when it comes to stories. And if we can elevate any kind of concept it's good. We'll see.”
It does sound like talks got fairly far along if Gibson was pitching story ideas to DC. Perhaps this is what caused the studio to cool towards the Australian racist – maybe his vision of Suicide Squad 2 featured two hours of Henry Cavill being flogged and beaten by Task Force X, while a neon sign flashing in the background periodically reminds everyone of the classic Christian iconography that’s replete throughout the Superman mythos.
Or maybe Gibson was bragging about how he refuses to let actors stop filming a difficult scene, no matter how many times they get struck by lightning, and DC began to worry for Will Smith’s safety.
Regardless, it seems that news of Gibson directing Suicide Squad 2 may have been circulated a little prematurely.
This is good news for anyone who thinks that Gibson is essentially pond scum, but it still doesn’t solve the problem.
Thankfully, cartoonist Kate Beaton has a solution:
what hero of our times will step forward and run over Mel Gibson's comeback with a lawnmower— Kate Beaton (@beatonna) February 27, 2017
What hero indeed?