Sometimes on Tuesday, it can feel like it’s just gonna be a slow news week. Then The Wrap goes and drops a story that gives everyone several days worth of talking points. Apparently James Gunn is in talks to write Suicide Squad 2. There’s also a fair chance he’ll direct the thing too, should all of this pan out.
Also, fair disclaimer, since this is just “in talks” this could fall apart quicker than Alec Baldwin being a part of the upcoming Joker movie. What this does signal is Warner Bros actively looking for ways to stick it to Disney. It’s fair to say the same of Gunn.
For those who happened to be in a come, on an internet time out or forget things quickly in the current 24 hour news cycle, Gunn was fired from Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 a few months back. The action came after almost decade old Tweets by Gunn were brought into the spotlight, with people asking for his removal. Disney acquiesced, even though many pleased with them not to and here we are now.
Because of his involvement with the Marvel property, James Gunn is a no-brainer to lead a Suicide Squad follow-up. Were he able to inject a few ounces of creativity into a DC film, it would likely be a hit. Now, that isn’t to presuppose capturing lightning in a bottle can be replicated. Nor is it necessarily a smart move in this case. Yet, someone of Gunn’s talent has the potential to make almost anything special. Which in this case would be welcomed, even if his film ends up being an entirely new take. Again, take all this with a pinch of salt.
The other interesting wrinkle to all of this, is what happened to Gavin O’Connor? He was all set this time last year to write and direct as well. Supposedly, the film he envisioned ended up close to the idea Warner is going with for their Birds of Prey film. O’Conner grew frustrated and went off to make another film with Ben Affleck. Part of that seems far fetched and part of that falls inline with most would expect from behind the scenes on the live-action DC film front.
Since this is just early goings, expect things to possibly change at anytime. We still need Gunn to officially be “confirmed” for the job(s), before further speculation can run rampant. Not that it will stop anyone. We’ll be sure to update you as information comes to light. Hopefully this sticks, if only because it will be interesting to see the fallout and end product.
In the meantime, what do you think, dear readers? Are you excited by the potential for a James Gunn fronted Suicide Squad 2? Were you fans of the first film? What characters would you want to see return? Lastly, what are the chances David Bautista jumps aboard this train? Let us know in the comments below.