Gunn to helm Suicide Squad?

The Guardians of the Galaxy director could join DC

Digital Spy

Is Marvel trying to bring James Gunn back to Guardians?

The strange saga of James Gunn's abrupt firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 by Disney may be taking another dramatic turn, thanks to intervention from top Marvel executives.

Gunn was fired from the sequel last month after alt-right agitators uncovered old tweets in which Gunn joked about paedophilia and rape years before he was hired by Disney to make the first Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Is James Gunn getting a new job with DC?

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.

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Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

In an unusual film-news announcement, Warner Bros. Entertainment has exclusively confirmed to io9 that its DC Entertainment arm has picked up quite the contributor: writer and director James Gunn.

If that name sounds familiar, it should: that's the James Gunn who was recently fired from any future Marvel Studios projects, particularly his all-but-confirmed role writing and directing the next Guardians of the Galaxy film, after a deep dive into his blogging and social media history elicited an outcry from Disney's top brass.

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