Word broke in October last year that Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn was heading from Marvel to DC, with a gig to write and possibly helm a sequel to Suicide Squad. Well, it looks like he’s now officially on board to direct.
Gunn has entered negotiations to direct a Suicide Squad follow-up, which has been given the US theatrical release date of August 6, 2021. THR broke the news, reporting that the sequel currently has the title of The Suicide Squad and is shaping up to be more of a “relaunch” as opposed to a direct sequel.
It sounds as though Warner Bros. is happy for Gunn to rework what’s already been established. Gunn has reportedly been given the green light to take this section of the DC universe in a new direction, with a new list of characters and cast members going forward. You can expect that Margot Robbie’s well-received Harley Quinn will still be connected though, particularly since Birds of Prey is on the way.
It’s been quite a move for Gunn, who was fired by Disney and kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe after decade-old tweets in which he made controversial jokes were pushed into the spotlight. Even with fan backlash and pleading from cast members, Disney held their ground with the dismissal.
David Ayer (End of Watch, Bright) directed 2016’s Suicide Squad, a DC film that was poorly received by the critics but managed to make a healthy $US746.8 million worldwide from a budget of $US175 million.