DC Comics hires James Gunn after Disney fires him

Angelo Anderson
October 10, 2018

The Wrap reports that Gunn is now in talks to both write and direct Suicide Squad 2, with the hope that he can infuse his brand of anarchic magic into DC's team of C-list supervillains.

Warner Bros. has hired the former "Guardians of the Galaxy" director to write ― and possibly direct ― "Suicide Squad 2", Deadline first reported.

There's still no release date set for Suicide Squad 2, but Warner Bros. now has 5th June, 2020 reserved for an unnamed DC movie. He was on board to make the third when he was sacked in July after a bad faith campaign against him resurfaced a series of old tweets in which he had joked about pedophilia, rape, and other ugly topics.

Of course, this comes months after Gunn was sacked from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for comments he made on Twitter several years back. Reports are suggesting that this new movie will maybe not be a direct sequel to the first film.

Then again, Gunn's fresh perspective on the DC IP might simply result in some quirky humor reminiscent of the wit found in the Guardians of the Galaxy duology. Gunn could potentially use his proven talents in this very specific genre to creatively level up the franchise for D.C. and Warner Bros.

"I think it's an incredibly courageous and smart move by the studio", he wrote. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige once said, "Certainly the success of Guardians just boosted our confidence to continue to go in new, fun, weird directions ... to continue to expand and do really unique and really different tonal things".

While everyone is inevitably excited and Dave Bautista's enthusiasm to join him has kicked off reams of speculation, it seems that Gunn might not be forced to make his movie into a sequel at all.

We're told the deal for Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2 is done.

According to The Wrap, the disgraced 52-year-old would likely take over directing duties from original Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer and screenwriting duties from Gavin O'Connor (Warrior).

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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