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James Gunn Will Reportedly Take On DC's 'Suicide Squad 2'

By Jodi Smith | Industry | October 9, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | October 9, 2018 |


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Yes, I like the problematic, underwhelming, and well-cast Suicide Squad and I’m the only one that appreciates Jared Leto’s version of The Joker (but not those stupid tattoos). I know that I am in the minority in enjoying the flick, but you have to admit that Margot Robbie was an enchanting Harley Quinn and that it was the first time you thought Jai Courtney was funny. ADMIT IT.

I do acknowledge that a different villain, a different writer, a different director, and someone saying no to the Juggalo aesthetic would have been of great benefit to the cast and the DCEU as a whole. So when news broke today that ousted Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn was in talks to write and direct the Suicide Squad sequel, I got EXCITED. Who better to take DC’s reluctant outlaw team of anti-heroes than the man that successfully made Marvel’s reluctant outlaw heroes into box office gold? It makes perfect sense to have Gunn take the reins on the script and the direction.

Gunn was able to take characters that were mostly unknown outside of Marvel comic fandom, present their flaws and worst traits onscreen, and then make us all fall in love with a talking raccoon and an anthropomorphic tree with a limited vocabulary. Surely he can continue to keep the audience on Deadshot’s side and push them further into Harley’s deranged embrace. Maybe he can even figure out how to salvage or reconfigure the Joker and his relationship with Harley to make it less polarizing and abusive, but who knows. But I really want Gunn to have the chance to pull DC out of the hole of mediocrity it dug itself into by allowing Zack Snyder to dictate the whole cinematic universe’s tone and direction, leaving little choice for some characters and movies to move into the sun.

In fact, I think DC should be ready and willing to work with every Marvel director that even remotely signals interest. At most, we will get a complete reboot of some key heroes and stories under the supervision of filmmakers that understand how to connect the different heroes, plots, and key characteristics into enjoyable movies. At the very least, DCEU realizes that there are far too many creative people out there that can take their movies where they need to go and start looking outside of their small pool of talent.

Maybe Gunn can find a way to get Dave Bautista in at the DCEU as well.


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