From Marvel to DC: James Gunn will write next Suicide Squad movie

The director who was fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise could soon have a new group of super misfits.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! Grand Opening

Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn may be moving over to DC.

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In the world of comic book movies, this is super indeed: James Gunn, who was fired from Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy movies after old offensive tweets of his resurfaced, is in talks to move from Marvel to DC to work on the next Suicide Squad movie, sources close to Gunn confirmed Tuesday.

Gunn would write and possibly direct a new film in that series, which wouldn't be considered a direct sequel, but a new take on the franchise. That's good news to those who enjoyed his humor- and music-filled take on the Guardians series.

Gunn's move was confirmed Thursday on the DC Daily web series, which welcomed the director to the fold.

Gunn's Guardians films were well-reviewed, but that didn't save his job when the old tweets, which were sent between 2008 and 2012, were made public. He was supported publicly by the Guardians cast members, who signed an open letter praising his character and asking that he be given another chance. Since Gunn's firing, the status of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 remains unclear.

The original Suicide Squad film, based on the ensemble of DC Comics villains including The Joker and Harley Quinn, came out in 2016 and it was expected the next film would start filming in 2019.

First published Oct. 9, 2018 at 1:01 p.m. PT.
Update Oct. 12 at 3:33 p.m. PT: Adds confirmation from DC Daily.

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