Well, this is certainly an interesting one. Yes, as the headline suggests, James Gunn could well be getting set to tackle the Suicide Squad.
Via io9, the Guardians of the Galaxy helmer is in talks to write and possibly direct Warner Brothers’ Suicide Squad 2. The current plan is for this film to be a different take on Task Force X; one that will not be a direct follow-up to David Ayer’s 2016 picture.
If you remember, Warrior’s Gavin O’Connor was on board to write and direct Suicide Squad 2, beating out competition from Jaume Collet-Sera and Mel Gibson. Following the seemingly constant wobbling of The WB’s DC Extended Universe, the latest word is that the post-Justice League fallout has Warners again looking to reassess the movies that they have in development.
Earlier this year, Gunn was fired by Disney after controversial old social media posts resurfaced. Gunn was in the middle of putting together Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for a 2020 release, but that picture is now in limbo while the House of Mouse frantically find a replacement for Gunn. The Guardians cast have directly appealed to Disney to reinstate Gunn, but the company is standing firm in their stance. Guardians 3 was to be the final outing for the Guardians line-up as we know it, with the film meant to fully kick off the Marvel Cosmic Universe of movies that will delve deeper in to the stars – hence why this is a major picture and a major decision for Disney and Marvel Studios.
Switching our attention back to the DCEU, while a ridiculous amount of projects have been announced, it appears that the majority are now lingering in developmental hell. The only confirmed DCEU releases at this stage are Aquaman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman 1984, Birds of Prey, and The Batman. Even then, The Batman is reportedly looking at replacing Ben Affleck in the cape ‘n’ cowl, while Henry Cavill’s time as Superman is seemingly at an end. Other movies such as Green Lantern Corps., Nightwing, Cyborg, Batgirl, Lobo, Man of Steel 2, Justice League 2, the Harley Quinn and Joker effort, and even The Flash all have major questions over them right now. Elsewhere, of course, the Joaquin Phoenix-headlined Joker is launching Warner Brothers’ DC Dark/DC Black banner of more adult-driven content.
As ever, expect more on all of this as we get it.