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DC confirms James Gunn for Suicide Squad 2, promises 'fresh take' on the franchise

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Oct 12, 2018, 9:15 AM EDT

It's official: James Gunn will be helming the upcoming sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad. Earlier this week, a report made the rounds that Gunn would be calling the shots, but today's installment of DC Daily confirmed that the man who brought Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen is, in their words, "the newest member of the DC family." 

The video podcast wasted no time in delivering the news, either, starting off today's episode by not only confirming Gunn is writing and directing Suicide Squad 2, but that he will offer what they call "a fresh take" on the franchise. 

There are no details on what that could mean, but Suicide Squad has a lengthy comics history and a huge roster of characters to pull from. This is also something of a happy ending after news of the director's firing by Disney over some years-old tweets of his — which he'd previously apologized for — were resurfaced. 

Not long after Gunn's firing came reports that other studios were waiting in the wings to snatch him up for future projects. Given that DC has been looking to find that cinematic sweet spot that Marvel has been enjoying for the better part of a decade, bringing Gunn aboard makes perfect sense. Just last year they brought in Avengers director Joss Whedon to finish Zack Snyder's Justice League after he had to bow out over a family tragedy. 

Before the news was official, Guardians star Dave Bautista, an adamant supporter of Gunn's from the get-go, voiced his excitement over the possibility. He's even offered to jump ship to the DCEU if it means he'll get to play a character in the forthcoming sequel. Even David Ayer, who directed the first Suicide Squad, was on board with Gunn's involvement

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