Warner Bros. just hired ex-Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to write - and possibly direct - its Suicide Squad sequel. He has been James Gunn's biggest champion since Disney fired Gunn as director of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3".
- Black Zero (@superwonderdc) October 9, 2018I will not be excited for a Suicide Squad 2 under James Gun. But when Gunn was sacked by Disney for offensive tweets that resurfaced, Bautista became a very vocal supporter of Gunn.
This would be a huge get for DC as the first film wasn't exactly considered a critical darling, but if Gunn gets at the helm, anything is possible.
Michael Rosenbaum, whom James Gunn cast as Martinex in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, responded to Dave Bautista's tweet, which saw the Drax-actor state, "Where do I sign up?" On the heels of those tweets being discovered, Disney made the quick decision to give him the ax, even though the third Guardians film was set to begin production early next year.
TheWrap reported "three insiders" have said Gunn will introduce a whole new take to the superhero film franchise, which features some of DC's most famous villains, including Harley Quinn, The Joker, Deadshot, Enchantress and Killer Croc, among others. There's no word yet on who from the original cast would return for Suicide Squad 2, but bringing in Gunn is an incredibly smart move by Warner Bros.
According to Justin Kroll of Variety, O'Connor - who initially joined the project a little over a year ago - opted to exit Suicide Squad 2 following frustrations he had with the studio.
Disney-Marvel is still reportedly using Gunn's script for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, though no director has been chosen (some have suggested online they would balk at taking it over out of respect for Gunn).