DC Comics hires James Gunn after Disney fires him

Joann Johnston
October 10, 2018

The next Suicide Squad movie wouldn't be a sequel, but a "next installment in the franchise", io9 reports.

With Gunn on board, the filmmaker is expected to deliver a completely new take on DC's ragtag group of ne'er do wells, as they continue to fight for their lives while working for Amanda Waller, a ruthless strategist who uses the comic company's "worst of the worst" to carry out risky missions that other outfits are otherwise too green to handle on their own. That film starred Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot.

His job: to write, and possibly direct, the sequel to Suicide Squad, one of the worst big-budget films in recent memory. But it also looked like O'Connor was moving on to reteam with Ben Affleck on the sports drama The Has-Been. The film was previously going to be written and directed by Gavin O'Connor, but he has since moved on to other projects.

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. Seeing how Suicide Squad is abhorred while the Academy Award-nominated/losing Guardians films are celebrated, this move is overall unusual and a bit confusing, but seeing how DC and WB also got the freaking Avengers director in an attempt to "fix" Justice League, it makes sense from the studio's perspective.

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The cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy have defended Gunn since the tweets were unearthed.

When he tweeted his willingness to join Suicide Squad 2, fans immediately gave suggestions of who he could play including an iteration of Bane (originally played by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises) as well as Solomon Grundy, a zombified supervillain/anti-hero in the DC comics. Maybe, Gunn can improve the series in his sequel.

And speaking of villains who may make up Suicide Squad 2, Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista expressed interest in starring in the film now that Gunn is attached. He could also be directing the film, according to multiple sources.

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