James Gunn is getting the ultimate revenge over his controversial firing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe by jumping to its rival, the Worlds of DC.
The filmmaker is in talks to write and potentially direct a “completely new take” on Suicide Squad 2, according to The Wrap. It’d be an intriguing move, since the Squad are very much an outlaw team like Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy were for Marvel.
Guardians of the Galaxy star and vocal Gunn supporter Dave Bautista already seems keen to follow the director, tweeting: “Where do I sign up?”
Gunn’s hiring suggests that DC is scrapping a previous Suicide Squad 2 script from co-writers Gavin O’Connor and Todd Stashwick, the latter of whom said just last month that he’d just finished a draft of an “exciting story, deepening these characters” from the first film.
It remains to be seen whether Gunn’s Suicide Squad 2 would bring back Harley Quinn or Deadshot, since Warner Bros is currently working on spin-offs with both Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
Suicide Squad 2 was originally expected to be released in 2019, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely that it will be able to hit cinemas before 2020.
It has been a whirlwind few months for James Gunn, who was fired by Disney as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 during Comic-Con International in July when old jokes about rape and other controversial subjects from his Twitter resurfaced.
Gunn publicly apologised and Guardians cast members called for him to be re-hired, but Disney ultimately stuck to its guns while still conceding to use the last script he’d turned in before his sacking.
All the while, the filmmaker has also been working on a new horror movie called BrightBurn, which was recently moved from its November release date all the way to May 2019.
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