Suicide Squad fans take note: Will Smith is not expected to return to for the superhero sequel.

Although the news hasn't been officially confirmed, Variety reports that Smith has parted company with the DC movie franchise, with scheduling being the ultimate factor.

The split is reported to be amicable. 

In the 2016 film, Smith played Deadshot, the most-wanted and deadliest hitman in the world.

Warner Bros has yet to confirm who will be returning for the sequel, which will be called The Suicide Squad.

Sources say the studio was focused on bringing back the first film's biggest stars, Smith and Margot Robbie, while figuring out other casting decisions along the way.

Although The Suicide Squad will take place within the DCEU and will serve as a follow-up, it will be a relaunch of the franchise rather than a direct sequel, with a team of mostly new characters.

The original film was hammered by the critics, though it had a strong debut and eventually grossed over $746m worldwide, making it the 10th highest-grossing film of 2016.

Will Smith as Deadshot in Suicide Squad