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

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James Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2, possibly direct

Is this how DC can finally beat Marvel? Three insiders just revealed to TheWrap that James is in talks with DC to direct the next installment of the Suicide Squad series, starring celebs like Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto.

Ayer was originally set to direct Gotham City Sirens, which seems to have gone by the wayside, and to chip in on Suicide Squad 2, which was greenlit nearly immediately after the first movie overperformed box office expectations despite poor reviews.

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. The film was written and directed by David Ayer in a story of imprisoned supervillains executing black ops missions to save the world in exchange for reduced sentences.

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Mount added that "the writers did a very good job of creating a new Captain Pike", while exploring what we already know about him. Jones further teased that we may meet the predator species on that planet who hunt Kelpiens as prey.

A "completely new take" could see a shaking-up of the supervillain squad roster, so perhaps moviegoers will get to see characters like Doctor Light, Nightshade, or Bronze Tiger in Suicide Squad 2.

As of yet, no replacement director has been announced for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But it also looked like O'Connor was moving on to reteam with Ben Affleck on the sports drama The Has-Been.

And Suicide Squad, unlike Guardians, was considered a total critical disappointment. Whether Gunn's Suicide Squad 2 be any good is anyone's guess, but considering he has a demonstrated skill in creating ensembles and making them shine, the sequel will at least tout a strong central team - no matter which baddies end up on it. Word on the street is that Warners has been keeping a close eye on Gunn for the job since the moment that his firing from the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY franchise was made public. As of right now, it sounds like they'll be using his script, but they have yet to find a director.

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