Thursday, 21 February, 2019

DC Comics hires James Gunn after Disney fires him

Stacy Diaz | 10 October, 2018, 15:29

In July, Gunn was sacking from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, after offensive tweets from a decade earlier were unearthed, following his criticism of US President Donald Trump.

The Wrap reports that Gunn is now in talks to both write and direct Suicide Squad 2, with the hope that he can infuse his brand of anarchic magic into DC's team of C-list supervillains.

Earlier this year, James Gunn became a subject of controversy and debate when he was sacked from the planned Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for offensive tweets written prior to his involvement with Disney.

DC's next Suicide Squad film does not yet have a release date.

The decision was the result of a viral alt-right campaign against the outspoken Donald Trump resistor - a campaign that involved resurfacing gross, disgusting, old tweets from Gunn's past.

The creative force between the two hugely popular Guardians films, Gunn's firing prompted its own backlash.

The next Suicide Squad movie wouldn't be a sequel, but a "next installment in the franchise", io9 reports. Bautista, who plays Drax, said he would ask Disney to release him from his "Guardians 3" contract if they didn't at least use James Gunn's script.

In the wake of the whirlwind that's been whipped up by the announcement that James Gunn might be given the reins for Suicide Squad 2 (as well as writing it), one key bit of information has gone a little under-reported.

Warner Bros. and representatives for Gunn did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is, in other words, possibly big news for Warner Bros., whose superhero films are for obvious reasons in direct and perpetual competition with Marvel and Disney's. 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.