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James Gunn up to write and maybe direct Suicide Squad 2
James Gunn up to write and maybe direct Suicide Squad 2

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James Gunn up to write and maybe direct Suicide Squad 2

Well here is some crazy news! James Gunn is set to write and possibly direct Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros. and DC, according to Deadline. There is no more information at this time and there is no confirmation from the studio. We will, of course, update you as more news on this item breaks, but in a way, this isn’t exactly unexpected. Okay, maybe the choice of film was up in the air, but after Gunn was let go from Disney before Guardians of the Galaxy 3 happened, you knew someone was going to snap him up.

Gun was let go because of some controversial tweets from 10 years before (that were always out there) were dredged up by an alt right asshat. It started a discussion about whether or not people are allowed to change. The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy have come out in support of Gunn, as have many fans, but Disney held firm.

So, what does that mean for Suicide Squad 2? If Gunn brings his quirky sense of humor to the film and his skill at storytelling, as you know he will, it could help save the DC film franchise. Many fans and critics haven’t exactly been on board with the DC films leading up to Justice League, though the upcoming Joker film is looking pretty amazing. Suicide Squad was a total disaster, and I don’t think I’m saying anything you haven’t already thought. Many fans loved Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though I hated it. Wonder Woman was amazing. It’s just an overall rushed feel to things, and that works for some fans and not others. Suicide Squad, however had such potential. Misfits in a quirky movie with some great actors like Will Smith and Margot Robbie. How do you mess that up? And yet, it was awful. It could have used someone like James Gunn to move it in the right direction. Heck, the trailer for the film is still one of my all-time favorites. That is the movie I wanted to see. Gunn could pull that off. The quirkiness and fun of the Guardians films, about a group of outsiders struck the perfect tone. I’m dying to see what he does.

So, if this really does happen, we’re likely in for a treat if they leave him alone to do his thing. What do you guys think about the possibility of James Gunn writing and maybe directing Suicide Squad 2? Let us know in the comments.


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Jenna Busch

Jenna Busch is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. She's currently a co-host on Most Craved. She's been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, Game of Thrones Psychology and Star Trek Psychology and more, and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony trailer voice overs that give one nightmares.

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