Disney’s loss is to be Warner Brothers’ gain with the news that James Gunn is being lined up to direct a Suicide Squad sequel-slash-reboot.
The Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director, who was unceremoniously fired from the MCU when Disney decided they didn’t like his old Tweets, has been brought into the DC fold.
Late last year rumours surfaced that Gunn was being hired to pen the script, and now, According to THR, he’s been given the directing gig as well.
Further, the sequel – to be called The Suicide Squad – is likely to be a reboot, given the last film was such a disaster.
That movie, released in 2016, was written and directed by David Ayer, who was reportedly given just a month to pen the script. Despite being critically lambasted, Suicide Squad made over $700m, which shows the property has legs.
It also had a great trailer, which is why the people behind the trailer were given the duty of re-editing the movie. Turns out people who make three-minute trailers aren’t so good at cutting two hour movies. Who knew!?
It’s hard to see at this stage how this will all fit together in the wider DC universe. One of the stronger elements of Suicide Squad was Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who will soon be seen in the spin-off movie, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
Meanwhile, Matt Reeves is busy planning a new Batman movie, although Ben Affleck appears to have hung up his cowl.
It seems as though the DC universe is in need of a hard reset, but with the recent Aquaman making so much money, and Wonder Woman 2 set for release this year, that reset doesn’t appear likely.