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

Danny Woods
October 10, 2018

After James Gunn was unceremoniously fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise due to old Tweets that, without question, were insensitive and out of line, many wondered what project Gunn would grab next.

Fired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is reportedly "in talks" to write and possibly direct Suicide Squad sequel - crossing over from the Marvel Comics universe to the DC Comics universe.

The first "Suicide Squad" starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne.

TheWrap reported "three insiders" have said Gunn will introduce a whole new take to the superhero film franchise, which features some of DC's most famous villains, including Harley Quinn, The Joker, Deadshot, Enchantress and Killer Croc, among others.

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has offered his full support for James Gunn developing the sequel from Warner Bros. and DC Films.

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And Suicide Squad, unlike Guardians, was considered a total critical disappointment. O'Connor had been hired to both write and direct the film and was hard at work on the project for the past year.

The cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy have defended Gunn since the tweets were unearthed. Either way, I'm curious to see if they'll get Gunn to direct and if this new take on Suicide Squad will come to fruition.

James Gunn issued a statement (via Hollywood Reporter) at the time, saying: 'My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative.

io9's report includes phrases like "reportedly", which suggests that the outlet may have cobbled together enough inside info about the pending Gunn deal to elicit a clear response from Warner Bros.

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