James Gunn Lands At DC After Disney Firing, Set To Write Suicide Squad 2
It was the firing that sent shockwaves through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but James Gunn has landed on his feet... with the competition.
The Guardians of the Galaxy director was fired in July after a series of his old, controversial tweets were surfaced in an effort to discredit the director.
The plan worked, to be fair, with Disney finding much of the content of the old tweets too unsavoury for them to keep Gunn on as the director of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
The decision to oust Gunn created instability within the MCU, especially with his Guardians cast. An open letter was posted online and signed by Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista and Chris Pratt.
Bautista especially felt Gunn's firing was out of line, calling it a "#cybernazi attack" and threatening to quit the third film if Gunn was not reinstated.
Now that he had a major gap in his working schedule, Gunn was free to step into the offices of Warner Bros where, as Deadline reports, he's been hired to write the follow-up to David Ayer's Suicide Squad, with speculation he may also direct.
Ayer's Suicide Squad was released in 2016 and starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne and Jai Courtney. While the film was absolutely panned by critics, it proved to be a hit at the box office and created space for both Robbie and Leto to carve out their own spin-offs for their characters of Harley Quinn and the Joker respectively.
While Marvel's attempts at world-building and the creation of a functioning cinematic universe has been a decade-long experiment culminating in the ensemble epics like Avengers: Infinity War, Warner and DC haven't seen the same success. There's no doubt they'll be hoping Gunn can turn that around for them.
DC's next major release, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman and hits cinemas on Boxing Day.
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