If you can’t beat them, hire them.
That’s seemingly what Warner Bros. and DC are trying to do with recently fired Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. According to io9, the studio has entered discussions with the director to possibly bring him on board to write and possibly even direct the next installment of Suicide Squad.
James Gunn would reportedly have full control over the project. Notably, Gunn’s treatment could be a brand new take on the franchise, differing from the David Ayer film. We’re not sure if this means it’ll be a reboot or a distant sequel, but it does provide Gunn with plenty of opportunity.
Additionally, it’s yet the latest wrinkle in the long-running rivalry between Marvel and DC. While Marvel has reached unprecedented levels of success, DC has been hard pressed to find any sort of consistency with its properties. If Gunn takes up the project, it would mark the second time DC has turned to a former Marvel director for one of its major tentpole projects. Last year, the studio brought on Joss Whedon to take over reshoots for Zack Snyder on Justice League.
The situation Gunn would enter would be much different seeing as he would be in charge of the project from beginning to end.
Nothing is definitive at this point so don’t take this as a given, but if Warner Bros. does land Gunn it would add one of the most creative minds in Hollywood.