James Gunn is in talks with Warner Bros. to write and direct the Suicide Squad sequel according to The Wrap. This follows Gunn’s firing from Marvel after a series of controversial tweets resurfaced in a smear campaign against the man who helmed Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel. While the jokes were offensive, Gunn has since addressed the issue by saying he’d learnt from his mistakes and had positively changed his mindset.
Originally the director of the first film, David Ayer, was lined up to direct the sequel but instead he’s focusing on Gotham City Sirens. Although a script is currently being finished by David Bar Katz, Gavin O’Connor and Todd Stashwick it looks like if James Gunn is brought onboard he’ll be writing his own version of the team’s next adventure.
The first film followed a group of supervillains used in missions by the Government in the wake of Superman’s death. It gave audiences their first cinematic version of Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie, and she’s now looking at various other Harley-related projects including Birds of Prey and Gotham City Sirens. Since the first Suicide Squad film was poorly received by many, a sequel helmed by James Gunn has plenty of potential.
The writer and director has previously proved his talent for writing complex character arcs and developing them in interesting ways. One of the biggest criticisms from the first Suicide Squad film was the characters were very two-dimensional with very limited narrative capabilities. With Gunn behind the supervillains there’s suddenly the potential for a very interesting take on Task Force X. It’s likely that new villains would be added to the Squad, which would allow the writer to add his own stamp into the DCEU.
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Source: The Wrap