Published: Wed, October 10, 2018

Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

Gunn is now in talks with DC to tackle the sequel to Suicide Squad.

Back in July, Walt Disney Studios dismissed Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due to Gunn's past controversial tweets. Entertainment has exclusively confirmed to io9 that its DC Entertainment arm has picked up quite the contributor: writer and director James Gunn. There's no word yet on who from the original cast would return for Suicide Squad 2, but bringing in Gunn is an incredibly smart move by Warner Bros.

Gunn's Guardians films were well-reviewed, but that didn't save his job when the old tweets, which were sent between 2008 and 2012, were made public.

The creative force between the two hugely popular Guardians films, Gunn's firing prompted its own backlash. The film was written and directed by David Ayer in a story of imprisoned supervillains executing black ops missions to save the world in exchange for reduced sentences.


"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative", Gunn wrote in a statement on Twitter.

"Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today", he added.

Sony announced Monday that it moved Gunn's "BrightBurn" back from November 30 to May 24, 2019 - the start of the Memorial Day weekend. All I can do now, beyond my honest and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse.

Gunn's Suicide Squad could conceivably differ from Ayer's in terms of story alone, thereby employing numerous first film's same cast members and characters.

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