Yesterday, a report surfaced that Warner Bros. had hired James Gunn to develop a brand-new Suicide Squad movie for the studio, with the freedom to put his own spin on the franchise, much as he did with Guardians of the Galaxy at Marvel Studios.
Early information suggests that the project would be more of a reboot than a direct sequel to David Ayer's 2016 feature, which was met with less-than-favorable reviews upon its theatrical release.
That being said, Ayer is excited at the hiring, writing, "I think it’s an incredibly brave and smart move by the studio. James is the right man for the job!" on Twitter.
Gunn's involvement could be the very thing that turns the DCEU's luck around, especially since he's got experience in turning a ragtag group of comic book characters into beloved box-office heroes (see: Guardians of the Galaxy).
This would make the second major Marvel Studios/Disney player who has "defected" to the rival cinematic universe at Warner Bros., following Joss Whedon (The Avengers), who stepped in to finish Justice League following Zack Snyder's exit during production. Gunn's new gig comes on the heels of Disney deciding to sever all ties with him after a number of his old tweets (involving crass and lewd jokes) resurfaced online in July.
Rebooting Suicide Squad could be a good idea, since the first one left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths, including Ayer himself, despite making a good bit of cash at the box office. However, we do hope the studio doesn't do any major recasting, as talent like Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Will Smith (Deadshot) were perfect choices from the get-go.
Ayer is the second major personality to voice his support for Gunn joining the DCEU. Not long after the news broke, Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Guardians films, said that he wanted in on the action if Gunn was involved.