Warner Bros and DC continue to make sarcastically amazing directorial choices. They’ve reportedly sought out Mel Gibson, the guy who’s gone on anti-Semitic rants and said he wanted his ex-girlfriend to get gang-raped, as the person they’d like to direct the next Suicide Squad movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros has approached Gibson about directing Suicide Squad 2, and Gibson confirmed during a Hacksaw Ridge Q&A that they’re in early talks (he called it a “first date”). Nothing has been finalized; according to Variety, besides Gibson, other directors including Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) are also being considered. Honestly, the likelihood of Gibson actually coming onboard is pretty small, but the key thing is they’re considering him.
Sure, Gibson is on the uptick following the success of Hacksaw Ridge, which has several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. But all of this recent success follows a string of incidents, including a drunk-driving arrest, that nearly killed his career just over a decade ago. Among many things, Gibson was accused of using the N-word, mocking homosexuals, calling a female police officer “sugar tits,” and claiming that Jewish people secretly run the world.
Call me crazy, but maybe this isn’t the kind of person who should be helming a multi million-dollar superhero film, especially one with characters who are queer and people of color. I don’t care if his work is good, that doesn’t negate years of abusive and intolerant behavior. But then again, this is an industry where Casey Affleck’s nominated for Best Actor, Roman Polanski and Woody Allen continue to get work, and Jared Leto is allowed to send his co-stars a dead pig.