Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

James Gunn

James Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2, possibly direct

Fresh off his Marvel firing, James Gun is reportedly in talks to write and potentially direct DC's Suicide Squad sequel. He is taking the breakout character of his Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and directing her again in the upcoming Gotham City Sirens.

The first Suicide Squad film, which was released in 2016 and directed by David Ayer, received mixed reviews, but did earn almost $750 million worldwide - massive in comparison to its $175 million budget, before promotion and advertising.

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. O'Connor had been hired to both write and direct the film and was hard at work on the project for the past year. It seems he is among those who have been sidelined as part of Warner Bros.' reshufflings of the DC movie universe, but if that is the case, he is still on board for Gunn's take. Gunn's Suicide Squad could conceivably differ from Ayer's in terms of story alone, thereby employing numerous first film's same cast members and characters.

Ayer's return to the franchise was never on the table following the director's creative differences with the studio during the film's post-production process.

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DC's next Suicide Squad film does not yet have a release date.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Gunn "has closed a deal to pen the script but, at this stage, there is no director deal".

"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. Gunn could potentially use his proven talents in this very specific genre to creatively level up the franchise for D.C. and Warner Bros.

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