Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

Former Marvel company man James Gunn is joining the DC family. Suicide Squad was a huge hit for DC and established Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, who will appear in Birds of Prey as a main character.

Gavin O'Connor wrote the previous draft of the Suicide Squad sequel, though it isn't known if his draft will be retained in any form.

According to Hollywood Reporter he has already agreed to write the script for the movie, with a potential deal that would include him directing it too.

Gunn was dismissed from writing/directing Guardians of the Galaxy 3 earlier this year after a concentrated online campaigned publicized a series of tasteless jokes he made years ago about rape and pedophilia on Twitter.

With Suicide Squad, Gunn has a chance to work a similar magic as he did on Guardians.

Though it doesn't yet have a release date, fans will be intrigued to see where Gunn can take the franchise following a mixed critical reception for the first installment.

And speaking of villains who may make up Suicide Squad 2, Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista expressed interest in starring in the film now that Gunn is attached. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige once said, "Certainly the success of Guardians just boosted our confidence to continue to go in new, fun, weird directions ... to continue to expand and do really unique and really different tonal things".

"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative".

'I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all amusing, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time'.

Poaching Gunn for Suicide Squad is a bit of a coup for Warner Bros., especially considering the first Suicide Squad was godawful, and Guardians of the Galaxy is a delight.



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