James Gunn Confirmed As Suicide Squad 2 Writer; May Also Direct

Marvel's loss is DC's gain.

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Update: When reached for comment, Warner Bros. told GameSpot, "It is confirmed that James Gunn is writing the next installment of the Suicide Squad franchise." That means it's no longer a possibility, but Gunn has indeed signed on to write the next Suicide Squad movie. It remains to be seen whether he will also direct the project, though it was reported that is a distinct possibility.

Furthermore, Guardians star Dave Bautista has seemingly expressed interest in starring in Gunn's new movie. Just what role he'd play (or if this was even his intention) remains to be seen, but Bautista has been a vocal supporter of Gunn since Disney fired him.

Also speaking out on the subject has been David Ayer, director of the first Suicide Squad. For his part, he thinks the choice of Gunn was a wise one. The original story follows.

It looks like Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has found his rebound relationship after being dumped by Marvel Studios. It's being reported that Gunn is in talks to jump to Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, where he would write and possibly direct the next Suicide Squad movie.

The news comes from io9, which is reporting that Warner Bros. has confirmed discussions with Gunn. The plan, at this point, is for him to write the sequel "with an eye to direct." According to io9, the man behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and 2 will have "a completely new take on the property."

This all comes after Gunn was fired by Marvel Studios from helming the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, after a series of old tweets resurfaced. Thus far, Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, has not announced a replacement director for Gunn or whether it will use the script he'd already written for the movie. However, star Dave Bautista (Drax) has publicly said if the script isn't used, he would ask to be released from his contract.

The tweets in question were from nearly a decade ago, in which Gunn made jokes about rape and pedophilia. Though Gunn had previously apologized for the messages and did so when they resurfaced, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement, "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him."

Since then, the entire Guardians cast has signed a public letter supporting their director, while the third installment in the franchise has been put on hold indefinitely, according to Bautista. The film was reportedly scheduled to start production in early 2019, with a projected release in 2020.

Gunn joining the project will likely mean an even longer wait for Suicide Squad 2, though there was very little indication of when fans would see the movie anyway. It was reported over a year ago that The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor would helm the film, but there's been no real news since then.

In the meantime, a new Joker film, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has gone into production, while Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is set to appear in a Birds of Prey movie. Now, with Gunn potentially taking on Suicide Squad 2, DC's villains could be in good shape for the coming years.

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ThePlantain

Some people are calling this a "**** you" to Marvel...I just see it as the guy getting another job. If Apple fires me and I go get a job at Samsung, it's just me getting another job in the same industry, and trying to keep the lights on.

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cjtopspin

Hahaha...outrage is cute. Its like...an adult throwing a child's tantrum.

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JSprunk

@cjtopspin: Yeah, I hate multiplayer games too.

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mrbojangles25

Well, here's hoping for a DC live-action movie to match their animated excellence!

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SuperKlyph

Well it can't be worse than the first one, so that's good.

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Seymour47

Suicide Squad 2 is not what I would call a 'rebound'. More like a bobbled pass out of bounds.

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m7stech

I wouldve done the same too

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sakaiXx

Ok wow that is a huge gain. Now I am more interested in the sequel

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thedarklinglord

Smart play by WB. Either Gunn will be able to accomplish the impossible by turning that trainwreck around or, at the very least, hiring Gunn will get a Suicide Squad sequel more headlines and buzz than it deserves, thereby potentially boosting ticket sales by bringing in the curious. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Just a shame it's a sequel and not a total reboot.

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SuperKlyph

@thedarklinglord: More headlines and buzz than it deserves... Wasn't that the formula for the first one?

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thedarklinglord

@superklyph: Well, the premise of Suicide Squad has a ton of potential and, had they delivered on it, the first movie would've deserved a blitzkrieg of media attention, since the average moviegoer likely wouldn't know anything about the property. But, yeah, once the first images starting coming out - particularly Leto's Joker - it did strongly suggest the movie was going to be a steaming pile of ponyloaf and WB was doing everything possible to, hopefully, at least break even.

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straightcur

WTF WB? Great job killing your movie.

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timthegem

When you get dumped by a 10 and rebound with two 5s.

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cjtopspin

@timthegem: ...oh but those 5's LOVE to do EVERYTHING that the 10 wouldn't.

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Byshop

Humor to dark for Marvel? Switch to DC! Makes sense to me.

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SuperKlyph

@Byshop: No humor is allowed in the DCU.

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Byshop

@superklyph: I guess he's gettin' fired again, then.

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Richardthe3rd

This seems like the most appropriate "**** you " Mr. Gunn could've leveled at the mouse company.

If it turns out good, unlike the shit first movie, then it all the better.

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MrGeezer

@Richardthe3rd: Okay...if you say so. But I'f never heard of "finding another job after being fired" being referred to as "**** you." Of course he's going to find another job, that's typically what people do after being fired.

Anyway, this actually seems like a pretty good fit for him.

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Ish_basic

You can just go ahead and give him the reins to the entire DC movie universe at this point. No one they currently have seems to know what to do with it right now.

GotG was always a surprise to me. Never thought I'd like it. He took a cast of nobodies (in a comic book sense - at least they were when i was a kid) and made it interesting to me. Now you give him characters I actually like? I'm in.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@Ish_basic: Well honestly the obscurity might have helped a bit as Gunn was able to do pretty much anything with it. With Batman for example you can a bit see how each new guy tries to be careful and do something new, so each version moves further away from the "classic" style.

Besides DCU is already a unsolvable mess. They have Superman and Batman figuratively killed so there's no chance to make MCU worthy solid saga. All they could go for is some sort of Elseworld version where Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne are dead or something so Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Supergirl, maybe someone like Tim Drake becoming new Batman to save the world from something. It might not be MCU level of epic but it could be an interesting odd version

But Gunn does give some hope. If nothing else, maybe Suicide Squad 2 will be better than the first.

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Proxima1025

So a person with a certain political leaning does something questionable and is forgiven within months, someone with an opposite view and said something equally stupid can never be forgiven? No hypocrisy here folks!

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Seymour47

@proxima1025: You can be forgiven if you apologize for saying stupid things. When you don't apologize for the stupid things you say and go on as if you can say whatever you want and get away with it, you tend to not get forgiven.

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PaulS

@Seymour47: It also seems to be the case that if the apology is insincere (i.e. you go back on admitting to having made a mistake), people tend to see that as less acceptable. As for who is the ultimate judge of sincerity? Each member of the public. Also forgiveness is a bit of a stretch, maybe acceptance or tolerance at best? Hard to forgive some things at the end of the day.

Hypocrisy is pretty much present in every politically inclined individual. As is dishonesty. Best to look at what people of a particular leaning are trying to do rather than the values they stand for. After all nobody seems to have values anymore that they actually follow.

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Seymour47

@pauls: This sounds about right.

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lionheartssj1

Ha! Now he's directing the movie franchise that tried so hard to be the movie franchise he was fired from.

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dzimm

The moral of the story is that pedophilia pays.

Wait, what?

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VFighter

@dzimm: He's a pedophile now?

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dzimm

@vfighter: He admitted to jerking off to a video of underage girls masturbating, and in one Tweet (since deleted), he wrote, "I like it when little boys touch me in my silly place. Shhh!" so I'm not sure what else you would call him.

Of course now he claims that he was only joking. Right.

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Richardthe3rd

@dzimm: kinda makes you wonder why tween shows on the Disney channel are so popular, doesnt it?

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everson_rm

I would love a good JL in live action. But it seems that DC make great cartoons, and Marvel make good Live actions. Damm, how i wish they used Bales Batman back then to make a decent Justice league.

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lodoss900

@Metallicwolf29: the first Avengers film is beyond fantastic

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lodoss900

@Metallicwolf29: Completely different type of Film. They both get A+

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PaulS

@lodoss900: To each their own I guess? How critically acclaimed was Avengers 1 exactly though? I don't really remember how impressed critics were with it (I remember audiences and my friends being totally wowed)... To me it felt like they weren't quite that successful in giving each character adequate emphasis. I feel like the later Avengers movies pulled that off better, with A1 being sort of the proving grounds. I guess it's also fair to point out that Dark Knight was a sequel and had a practice run (in Begins), and so we should compare DK/DKR with A2/A3? But I kinda agree that these films are so different (epic saga of hero-mashups vs character study into the psyche and rationale of one hero).

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lodoss900

@pauls: 92/91 on RT if that matters to you. But hey if you want to directly compare a sci fi fantasy movie with aliens and giant green monsters, with living gods defeating an alien invasion to a gritty crime drama with comic book elements.. so be it

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lodoss900

@Metallicwolf29: Yes you are correct and i'm wrong. We should compare a sci fi fantasy movie with aliens and giant green monsters, and gods to a gritty crime drama with comic book elements

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JustTheTip

“We liked you and had no problems with you, but since we found out you said something in the past that we don’t like, you’re fired... because we’re perfect.” -Disney

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MrGeezer

@justthetip: Well, I'm pretty sure that nobody's perfect. I'm not aware of it EVER being a requirement that an employer has to be perfect in order to justify firing an employee.

In any case, it's a moot point. The guy got fired and then he got another job. Happens every day.

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Kesmai

@justthetip: Disney likely knew about these Tweets when they initially hired him. When they were "buried" it was fine. When the alt-right group surfaced them to the public spotlight in their revenge plot takedown of Gunn, Disney had little choice but to fire him for fear of public perception PR nightmare of their family friendly brand.

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Cashmoney007

@justthetip: Disney can be hypocrites.

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dragoonmike

@Cashmoney007: Disney are hypocrites not can be hypocrites.

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santinegrete

If he pulls this right everyone wins except Disney. :D

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