As Warner Bros. Pictures continues to sweep away the established DC film universe, James Gunn appears to help with the mop-up.
Deadline reports the deposed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director is in talks to direct the second Suicide Squad film; now described as a reboot titled The Suicide Squad. The film will reportedly feature a new group of character and actors.
So, for the moment, we’re going to presume Will Smith and Viola Davis will not be returning as Deadshot and Amanda Waller. Presumably someone will play Waller though as she is a key part of the concept. Of course, it is possible Gunn will be reaching into the Silver Age and use the title’s original premise: a group of soldiers fighting monsters in the post-WWII Pacific Ocean. At least, that’s a distant possibility as reports keep returning to his “fresh take” on the concept. It is always possible, of course, that he has found a compelling set of DC Comics villains to press-gang into Task Force X.
The news is the latest in a string of announcements and course-corrections for Warner Bros. following the success of December’s Aquaman. Earlier on Wednesday, the studio announced release dates for The Batman, The Suicide Squad and a newly announced DC Super Pets animated film. On Monday, Warners coordinated with Margot Robbie to unveil the first images from Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), one of two DC films set for release in 2020.
The Suicide Squad is set for release on August 6th, 2021.