In the months since James Gunn was fired as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for writing recently resurfaced offensive tweets, cast members and fans have called for Disney to consider giving him another chance. Unfortunately, it is pretty clear that the family-friendly studio simply cannot afford to reinstate someone who has publicly joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. From what we’re hearing, they may still use the majority of his script for Guardians Vol. 3 and that is about the best he can hope for. In the meantime, however, Gunn is having no trouble finding work elsewhere and this week we are hearing that Warner Brothers has jumped on the opportunity to soak up some of Marvel’s creative juices, so to speak. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to The Wrap, James Gunn is currently in talks to write Suicide Squad 2 for DC with an eye toward directing as well. Word on the street is that he will be offering up “a completely new take on the property”, which sounds at the very least like a soft reboot but may even involve completely recasting the team. Margot Robbie is currently attached to star in a Birds of Prey movie and it is unclear if they were hoping to have her return for a Suicide Squad sequel anyway.
Last we heard, Suicide Squad 2 was going to be written and directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Warrior) but he supposedly dropped out when it was discovered that his story was very similar to the Birds of Prey movie. It isn’t the first time Warner Brothers has convinced a Marvel director to defect, having brought Joss Whedon in on Justice League previously. From a P.R. standpoint this is a smart move, but Gunn also seems to have a knack for writing misfit superheroes. Does this news make you more excited for Suicide Squad 2?