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.
Neither Warner Bros. nor DC Comics has used any of its official online platforms to confirm this news despite io9 having a lengthy report on exactly what the deal entails.
The most tantalizing news is a confirmation that Gunn is “in discussions to write, with an eye to direct,” whatever Suicide Squad film comes next. Our first-blush thought is a one-word “duh,” as Gunn’s propensity for dark, profane humor and redemption seems like a perfect fit for DC Comics’ most blatant anti-hero collection of bad-guys-gone-good.
io9’s report includes phrases like “reportedly,” which suggests that the outlet may have cobbled together enough inside info about the pending Gunn deal to elicit a clear response from Warner Bros. It suggests that Gunn has “a totally new approach” to Suicide Squad in mind, which would hint at—but not outright confirm—something other than a sequel to the 2016 dud directed by David Ayer. The report also uses clear language to indicate that Gunn is definitely writing a film but has not been so clearly tied to its directing duties.
DC’s next Suicide Squad film does not yet have a release date.