For a couple of weeks James Gunn was at the centre of controversy after explicit tweets were unearthed from his Twitter feed in July.
Upon discovery of his jokes about rape and paedophilia, Marvel sacked Gunn while he was in the process of making the third instalment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series.
This caused mass outrage from a whole variety of people including fans of the franchise as well as the actors. An attempt was made by the cast to reinstate Gunn to the movie but Disney refused to accept anything after the sacking.
As a result of the firing, Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, also suggested leaving the Guardians in support of his director.
News surfaced earlier today confirming that Gunn has now penned a deal with Marvel’s main competitors, DC, as a writer for the Suicide Squad sequel.
Though no news has come up of whether he will be directing the sequel to the David Ayer film, this looks like a good step for the DCEU.
After the tremendously disappointing 2016 film, having Gunn at the helm of the story will surely be a good step for the extended universe.
Along side new releases such as Aquaman and Shazam!, DC look to be going in the right direction. Controversy aside, Gunn’s comedic flair and action scenes is something a movie like Suicide Squad is lacking in.
And with a cast comprising of the likes of Will Smith & Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad 2 has the potential of being DC’s redemption.
In an age where superhero movies dominate the silver screen, it’s going to take Gunn a lot of reshuffling to do in order for the movie to be a success.
Of course, looking at the previous ventures of DC and Warner Bros, it seems like studio interference has often led to the demise of DC films with Justice League being the latest blunder.
Many hope that Gunn will get the creative freedom he needs when writing the script.
After the news went viral, Bautista went on Twitter to express his joy, tweeting, “Where do I sign up!” accompanied with an article link.
Many fans in the comments were suggesting he’d be the perfect fit to play Batman super villain, Bane, should he sign to DC.
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