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

10 October 2018

Entertainment has exclusively confirmed to io9 that its DC Entertainment arm has picked up quite the contributor: writer and director James Gunn.

Earlier today saw the news that former Marvel director James Gunn, who was sacked because of tweets about rape and pedophilia, will be writing Suicide Squad 2 with an eye to possibly direct. "Apparently, the writer/director "[will] have a completely new take on the property".

Gunn was dismissed from writing/directing Guardians of the Galaxy 3 earlier this year after a concentrated online campaigned publicized a series of tasteless jokes he made years ago about rape and pedophilia on Twitter.

Of course, while he isn't directing Suicide Squad 2, David Ayer also hasn't left the DCEU. O'Connor was previously attached to the sequel pic, but eventually dropped out to work on The Has-Been, a Ben Affleck-led drama written by Brad Ingelsby, for Warner Bros.

There is now no release date for Suicide Squad 2.

Suicide Squad, like Guardians, was a superhero team-up movie with an ensemble cast of less-than-heroic characters.

At Disney, Gunn helmed both Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Despite this, the Guardians of the Galaxy's main cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Bautista, who all still supported him and asked for Disney to reinstate Gunn as the film's director.

Suicide Squad 2 has suffered many setbacks since it was initially announced. Whether Gunn's Suicide Squad 2 be any good is anyone's guess, but considering he has a demonstrated skill in creating ensembles and making them shine, the sequel will at least tout a strong central team - no matter which baddies end up on it.

The Suicide Squad job is the first Gunn has taken since departing Guardians, for which he had been expected to make a third film. The publication writes that the directing gig could be decided once his script is complete.

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