Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

DC Comics hires James Gunn after Disney fires him

James Gunn to Write & Possibly Direct New Suicide Squad Movie James Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2, possibly direct
Adrian Cunningham | 10 October, 2018, 15:27

Warner Bros. confirmed that Gunn will write the script to the studio's next instalment of Suicide Squad, the DC supervillain team-up franchise.

If it all pans out, a Gunn-directed Suicide Squad could give the limping franchise a much-needed boost of credibility.

In the wake of the whirlwind that's been whipped up by the announcement that James Gunn might be given the reins for Suicide Squad 2 (as well as writing it), one key bit of information has gone a little under-reported.

At Disney, Gunn helmed both Guardians of the Galaxy movies. They landed The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor to write and direct back in September 2017.

The first "Suicide Squad" starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne.

Gunn will no longer be able to direct Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 following a string of unearthed social media posts.

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The move comes after rival studio Marvel (owned by Disney) dumped Gunn in July over a series of dated shock-humor tweets.

However, yesterday the news broke that Gunn is now in talks with DC to tackle the sequel to Suicide Squad.

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.

The Suicide Squad job is the first Gunn has taken since departing Guardians, for which he had been expected to make a third film. The Drax the Destroyer actor tweeted shortly after Deadline covered the news, "Where do I sign up!"

After his firing, Gunn had received support from Guardians of the Galaxy cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper.

"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative", Gunn wrote in a statement on Twitter.