From an artistic perspective, it makes sense that Smith would want to attempt something fresh rather than retread a past performance. Though the Men In Black franchise proves he’s not adverse to sequels, it’s not hard to understand why the unique tone of Suicide Squad would seem more enticing than dusting off a role from his youth. From a financial standpoint, of course, Smith’s move was even wiser.
Whether prescient or just business savvy, Smith certainly seems to have made the right call. While both films were panned by critics (each scoring less than 40% on Rotten Tomatoes), Suicide Squad at least found favor among some fans. Independence Day: Resurgence, on the other hand, never located its niche. While David Ayer, DC, and Warner Bros. are already working on a follow-up to the villain-centric film, the ID4 franchise is likely finished. On top of that, the Fox film didn’t even make back its $165 million budget domestically, though worldwide it eked out nearly $400 million. Suicide Squad, meanwhile, almost doubled its $175 million budget at home, and pulled in an impressive $745 million all told across the world. Not bad for the freshmen entry into the franchise.
Neither Suicide Squad 2 or Independence Day 3 have release dates yet, but stay tuned for more information as it arrives.