James Gunn has seemed to recover from his blowout in Marvel. He has supposedly switched teams to DC and is rumored to being writing the script for Suicide Squad 2.
For those not aware, Gunn, the director of The Guardians of the Galaxy movies, was fired by Disney after his offensive tweets were brought back into the public eye (click here to see the since deleted tweets.)
His firing seemed more controversial than his tweets. Some fans completely supported Disney’s decision, while others (including stars of GOTG) argued that Gunn’s statements were simply distasteful jokes. They also pointed out that most of Gunn’s tweets were written a decade ago.
I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what’s happening to him
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018
Despite some pushback, Disney held fast on their decision. It appears that Gunn has moved on as well. Sources claim that Warner Bros. has hired Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2’s script with “an eye to direct.”
Gunn’s track record demonstrates his potential for revamping Suicide Squad (which was poorly received by both fans and critics.) His comical tone, proficiency in balancing multiple characters, and success with the “misfit turned hero” story arc show that he could do amazing things with the franchise. His hiring, however, will not doubt bring around much controversy. There has already been some reaction to the news. Some fans feel like Gunn can breathe life into this dying franchise. Others are already calling for a boycott of Suicide Squad 2.
— Evan (@HarrisHarrisev9) October 9, 2018
anyways james gunn is the upteenth example of men never facing lasting repercussions for their actions and wrongdoings, so y'all can stop talking about the scary times you're facing
— anusha ? (@selinakxle) October 9, 2018
I would have been slightly interested in the Suicide Squad sequel, but if WB hires James Gunn to write or direct it, no way I'm seeing it in theaters. Not supporting that. I know Americans love redemption stories, but no thank you.
— Lucas Rémoussin (@LucasRemoussin) October 9, 2018
Hiring Gunn is definitely a gamble on Warner Bros.’s part. Whether it will pay off or not is to come.
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