DC Comics hires James Gunn after Disney fires him


Warner has been looking for somebody to take control of the new Suicide Squad flick, taking a look at original director David Ayer, Mel Gibson, Daniel Espinosa, and others.

This is evident in the variety of responses seen on Twitter, which range from ecstatic to outraged.

Neither Warner Bros. nor DC Comics has used any of its official online platforms to confirm this news despite io9 having a lengthy report on exactly what the deal entails. Still, I feel tempted to buy tickets already and they haven't even started working on the film. They landed The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor to write and direct back in September 2017. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 followed the same path, and was once again met with enthusiasm by audiences around the world.

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Disney refused to U-turn on his dismissal despite pressure from stars including, most prominently, Bautista - and now that Gunn has joined Suicide Squad 2, it seems he wants to jump ship.

Is this how DC can finally beat Marvel? Gunn, particularly if he ends up directing the film, has the chops to do the Suicide Squad justice, allowing them to have a whole lot of devilish fun while discovering, and earning, a sense of kinship. By comparison, Suicide Squad appeared to have been edited with a hatchet, with wildly different tones from scene-to-scene, a Harley Quinn and Joker arc that seemed like it had been abandoned midway through the film, and a tiresome, sky-portal climax that seemed out of place with the team's '80s action movie (and hyper-violent) roots. Would he stay at Marvel, just in a different franchise, or leap to a competitor?

Dave Bautista is totally down for James Gunn writing the script for Suicide Squad 2. His initial response quoted a story about Gunn's reported hiring, where he wrote, "Well, if this isn't the best idea".