Ever since he was fired from Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 3, the nerd world at large has been wondering just what would become of James Gunn. Would he retreat from the public eye indefinitely? Go back to the smaller genre films that he was known for before Guardians? Or would he jump ship for a rival studio?
Well, this week we got the answer, and it’s option three.
Yes, James Gunn is moving to another major studio, and of all the ones he could get a job with, it’s Warner Bros. To make things more interesting, Gunn’s going to be working on a follow-up to Suicide Squad, the film that WB famously tried to retool to mimic Marvel’s success with the Guardians. It’s a weird bit of synergy that is both frustrating (I’m one of the people who disagreed with Disney’s decision to fire Gunn), but also very, very amusing. I’m sure the second that Gunn’s firing was announced execs at Warner Bros were planning on hiring him, simply so they could try and get him to work his Guardians magic on their properties (lord knows they need all the help they can get).
But the most amusing thing to me about all this is that Gunn’s Suicide Squad isn’t a follow up to the film that gave us a “damaged” Joker. Instead, Gunn’s film will be a reimagining of the team, which basically seems to me like it’s WB finding the absolute best (and easiest) way to reboot a film series that, while successful financially, didn’t exactly right the critic ship for the DCEU. Seeing as how Gunn’s already proven himself when it comes to taking a bunch of C-list characters and making them household names with Guardians, Gunn doing a similar thing with Suicide Squad should be a slam dunk.
Of course, the Squad can’t be all no-names and also rans. Like the comics, it needs at least a handful of already established bad guys to lure people in. Dave Bautista, already well known as a supporter of Gunn (even going so far as to say that he may not even work with Disney again after they fired the director), even tweeted out that he wanted in for this movie.Well, seeing as how Bautista is a physical presence, and has the silent intimidation factor going for him, I think it’s a good chance that we could be seeing a major villain being portrayed by the man known as Drax. And my money is on him playing the man who broke the Bat, Bane. He’d not only play the part extremely well, but also help draw audiences in, probably even more than Gunn will.
Of course, it’s way too early to tell what Gunn’s Suicide Squad will look like. At this point he’s only signed on to write the film, and while all signs are pointing to him directing, that’s not a definite just yet. But Marvel’s loss is Warner Bros’ gain, and while it’s a bummer that we still won’t get to see Gunn finishing out the series he built up at Marvel, at least he’s still got work. And if I’m being completely honest, I’d much rather see Gunn take on a new version of the Squad than seeing David Ayer’s take on them again.