By Joe Harker
James Gunn, writer and director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, was fired by Disney over tweets he had posted years ago. The alt-right stirred up controversy and Gunn was quickly given the boot. Despite a campaign to #RehireJamesGunn the House of Mouse decided against reversing their decision, even with the Guardians cast publicly supporting the director and the motives behind the controversy being based in Gunn's political affiliations.
However, the talented director could yet again work in the superhero genre as Marvel's big rival DC has reportedly hired him for the second Suicide Squad movie. A ragtag bunch of misfits with shady pasts who aren't entirely heroic but still end up saving the day and grow closer as a result? That definitely sounds like the kind of project Gunn could be part of considering it sounds just like the Guardians films that were so successful.
Digital Spy suggests that hiring Gunn could be the best decision DC has ever made. With their cinematic universe lagging so far behind Marvel and in dire need of an actual good movie not titled Wonder Woman, Gunn might be just the man to rescue Suicide Squad and get things turning in the right direction. With confusion over the future direction of the studio, DC desperately needs a win.
Nobody thought much of Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out. It was nowhere near the most lucrative or popular property under the Marvel umbrella. Outside of comic aficionados few would have even known who they were. It is a testament to how well the first film went that it made so much money and propelled the characters to greater fame and recognition.
Suicide Squad badly needs that magic touch, being a box office hit like many DC cinematic universe films but failing to garner critical acclaim. Warner Bros, who make DC movies, have started seeing a slowdown in box office take as the poor reception to their films has begun to drive away audiences.
Another reason why Gunn might be just the director for Suicide Squad is because the first film was widely accused of trying to copy Guardians of the Galaxy. The idea of a film with criminals teaming up to a soundtrack of classic songs was done first and better by Guardians, with Suicide Squad coming off as a poor imitation by comparison.
While it is the sincerest form of flattery it resulted in a film that was nowhere near as good as audiences were hoping for. With Gunn writing and possibly even directing the next one things might be different.