It was reported last October that James Gunn – having been kicked off directing Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 – was in line to pen the script for the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel at Warner Bros. That still remains true, but now Gunn is reportedly going to both write and direct the film, which will serve as a sort of reboot for the vigilante team.
The film will debut under the name The Suicide Squad, and won’t exactly be a direct sequel after the first film failed spectacularly critically, despite making a healthy amount at the box office. Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was practically the only thing people liked about the film, and she got her own sequel greenlit: Birds Of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
This move makes total sense for the studio from a filmmaking point of view. The first Suicide Squad was essentially attempting to emulate Guardians Of The Galaxy but with DC villains anyway, so why not bring in the guy who made those films successful in the first place?
Gunn is also producing the dark superhero tale Brightburn, which hits cinemas in May, so his star seems to be on the rise after his questionable tweets surfaced last year, which led to his firing by Disney. What this jump to DC will mean for the Guardians stars who came out in support of him – and in some cases, refused to return to the franchise without him – is as yet unclear.
The Suicide Squad is currently slated for an August 2021 release.