This past week the superhero world was turned upside down when Warner Bros. announced that James Gunn would take over writing and directing duties on Suicide Squad 2. James Gunn made the jump to DC after being released from his duties of writing/directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 for Marvel Studios.
Gunn has received support from GotG star Dave Bautista whom then expressed his own interest in joining Gunn on Suicide Squad 2. Gunn has also received support from the man who directed the first Suicide Squad, David Ayer.
I think it’s an incredibly brave and smart move by the studio. James is the right man for the job! https://t.co/KaVD3dQosR
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) October 9, 2018
Despite his support, the biggest surprise came in the hiring of Gunn by Warner Bros. after Disney caved to far-right bullying and fired Gunn a few months back. Gunn makes the third director from Marvel to head over to DC; following in the footsteps of Patty Jenkins who was fired from Marvel Studios’ Thor: The Dark World and went on to direct the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman and Joss Whedon who saw success directing The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron yet flopped in his attempt to “direct” Justice League.
It has been reported that Gunn will bring a “fresh take” on the Suicide Squad and Suicide Squad 2 will not be a sequel, according to Gunn. Only time will tell if Gunn can recapture the magic he had with Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 while at DC or if his run with DC will be as ill-fated as Joss Whedon’s was.