It’s a damn good time to be a James Gunn fan, especially if you’ve enjoyed the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies he’s directed up until this point.
Following up on a report from The Wrap last October, The Hollywood Reporter has it on good terms that Gunn will direct the film now titled The Suicide Squad after penning a script from a previous draft by Gavin O’Connor.
Warner Bros. is currently in the midst of a revamp of its properties since taking off with Man Of Steel and leaving off at Justice League – Birds Of Prey and Joker being just a few of the latest examples. Thus, it’s expected Gunn’s treatment will be envisioned as a reboot with new characters.
The news is a plus for fans who’ve cheered Gunn since a right-wing provocateur unearthed old, offensive Tweets last summer that were posted by Gunn – Tweets that Gunn himself states he previously acknowledged time and again.
Despite this, Gunn was forced to face the music once again last summer during SDCC and cancel a Hall H appearance to promote the new supervillain sci-fi, BrightBurn, before being axed by Disney from the now-shelved third installment of the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise.
One of that franchise’s principal cast members, actor Dave Bautista, has been one of, if not Gunn’s biggest voice of support since the fallout. The actor even stated on Twitter he hoped he’d be able to have the opportunity to work with Gunn again after fulfilling his contract with Disney for the role of Jax in Marvel’s current MCU phases with Avengers: Endgame still on approach; It also helps that Gunn is taking the DC adaptation into a new direction from David Ayer’s 2016 first.
Warner Bros. is releasing The Suicide Squad in August 6, 2021. Charles Roven and Peter Safran are producing with Army Of The Dead helmer Zack Snyder and wife/film partner Deborah Snyder exec producing.