Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

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

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

The most tantalizing news is a confirmation that Gunn is "in discussions to write, with an eye to direct", whatever Suicide Squad film comes next.

TheWrap dropped the bombshell on Tuesday, adding that Gunn will have a "completely new take on the property". Three insiders just revealed to TheWrap that James is in talks with DC to direct the next installment of the Suicide Squad series, starring celebs like Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto. We are left to wonder what happened to the Suicide Squad 2 that WB hired The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor for, but I seriously doubt anyone will miss that project.

With Disney refusing to relent and rehire James Gunn for the now on-hold Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3, it seems their "rivals" at Warner Bros (at least in terms of the Marvel/DC divide) have stolen a march and could profit ingeniously from the situation. But it also looked like O'Connor was moving on to reteam with Ben Affleck on the sports drama The Has-Been. Either way, I'm curious to see if they'll get Gunn to direct and if this new take on Suicide Squad will come to fruition. Gunn's Suicide Squad could conceivably differ from Ayer's in terms of story alone, thereby employing numerous first film's same cast members and characters. What Gunn did with Guardians had a ripple effect on the whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, influencing how filmmakers approached their projects in the years following Vol. 1's release.

Disney-Marvel is still reportedly using Gunn's script for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, though no director has been chosen (some have suggested online they would balk at taking it over out of respect for Gunn).

The Suicide Squad job is the first Gunn has taken since departing Guardians, for which he had been expected to make a third film.

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