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

Carla Harmon
October 10, 2018

Now, the word is dropping that James Gunn is in talks to write Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros and DC, and is also being eyed to direct the property. In addition to disappointing fans by severing ties with Gunn due to the jokes he made on Twitter about rape and pedophilia years before he was hired by the studio, their quest to find a replacement director for the planned Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 proved so hard that the film was delayed indefinitely. Disney quickly dropped Gunn from the planned sequel, though it appears his script may yet be used when a new director is named.

Disney-Marvel is still reportedly using Gunn's script for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, though no director has been chosen (some have suggested online they would balk at taking it over out of respect for Gunn). It has been easy for studios to run from filmmakers caught up in this #MeToo moment, but Gunn was the decided exception.

They can still say Drax is in the third movie - he's just invisible. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then.

Gunn isn't the first Marvel Studios alum to work with DC and Warner Bros. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies.

Pictures supervillain flick starring Margot Robbie and Will Smith amassed an impressive $746.8M at the global box office back in 2016. Gunn was set to complete his trilogy, until right-wing detractors made some of the director's years-old jokes about unsavory subjects the focus of a targeted campaign against him. That means it's no longer a possibility, but Gunn has indeed signed on to write the next Suicide Squad movie. Hopefully there will be no further spillover from Gunn's past that may impact on his reputation further so that we can get to see this project through to completion.

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