Earlier today Cathy Yan got announced to direct a Birds of Prey movie featuring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. In the announcement it’s revealed that Birds of Prey would begin shooting later this year instead of Suicide Squad 2.
The reason for Warner Bros. to choose Birds of Prey over the Suicide Squad sequel was only mentioned to be because of Yan’s pitch for the movie.
Justin Kroll who writes for Variety spoke on why the movie got delayed and it mainly seems like it has to do with Batgirl.
As for SUICIDE SQUAD 2, clearly moving out of 2018 shoot. The move to go with BOP not only had a lot to do with Hodson's script but also the idea of doing with BATGIRL what Marvel did with Black Panther in CIVIL WAR by introducing them into universe before giving them own film
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) April 17, 2018
Gavin O’Connor is now writing the script for Suicide Squad and is going to direct the feature. Viola Davis, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are rumored to be returning in their roles. This move gives O’Connor room to get the story right and will allow him and Ben Affleck to further develop the sequel to The Accountante
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