James Gunn In Talks To Write and Direct Suicide Squad 2
According to Deadline, James Gunn is in talks with Warner Bros to write and possibly direct Suicide Squad 2. Following his dismissal from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 owing to some tasteless attempts at humor more than a decade ago, Gunn found himself at the center of a media storm.
An outpouring of support for the filmmaker came from all corners of the entertainment industry (and fans of his films). The Guardians cast released a joint statement emploring Disney to reconsider their decision to sack Gunn. Nobody has been more vocal of their disapproval that Guardians star Dave Bautista, who has gone as far to say he wants out of his contract if Gunn's script isn't used. While nothing has been confirmed, it is widely rumored that Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will be taking over for Vol. 3, but there has been no update on when (or if) the movie is moving forward.
Getting back to the topic at hand, Gunn is the perfect choice to shepherd another rag-tag group of A-holes who are one bad decision away from being the bad guys. It is believed that Gunn's take won't be a sequel to David Ayer's 2016 film. Instead, it will be a fresh take on the characters, but it remains unclear if Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and the rest of the cast will be returning. Robbie is currently readying spin-off Birds of Prey, and Leto has a number of Joker projects in various stages of development.
We all got tricked by that first Comic-Con trailer for Suicide Squad. I'll admit it, that trailer made me think the movie was going to be freaking awesome. Even after Batman v Superman underwhelmed audiences worldwide, I thought Ayer's 'worst heroes ever' team-up was going to get things back on track. In short, I really wanted to like Suicide Squad, and maybe somewhere amongst all the footage that was shot there is a great movie. Sadly, the one they churned out was a muddy mess.
The DCEU is making serious moves to reshape the universe that has been incoherent at best. The future of Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in their respective roles as Superman and Batman remains in question, and there's not been a whisper of Justice League 2 in months. Now that Warner Bros has learned not to burn through five movies worth of material in one go, we can expect more rounded singular films. Aquaman swims into cinemas in December, Todd Philips' standalone Joker origin story is set for October 4, and Wonder Woman 1984 arrives on November 1.