When James Gunn was brought in by Warner Bros/DC to helm their follow-up to Suicide Squad, it was believed that the plan was to recalibrate the franchise following let's say mixed reactions to the first film. As it turns out, the recalibration is more of a complete overhaul with producer Peter Safran labeling the project "a total reboot".
In a recent interview with JoBlo, Safran revealed that The Suicide Squad is essentially starting from scratch.
“We don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 ‘cause it’s a total reboot, so it’s The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it. It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot.”
The mixed reaction from audiences and critics still yielded $746 million worldwide, and inexplicably an Academy Award (for Best Make-up and Hairstyling which to be fair was deserved). Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn with Idris Elba reportedly replacing Will Smith as Deadshot, beyond that all casting decisions are being kept top secret.
Last week, Disney reinstated James Gunn to his rightful place as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Naturally, this has created a potential scheduling conflict as Marvel originally planned to have Vol.3 in cinemas next year. However, Safran confirmed that Gunn would tackle The Suicide Squad before he returns to Marvel.
“It was all handled incredibly elegantly and everybody knows on both sides that Suicide Squad is the priority today and he’ll finish that movie and then everybody knows that his next film will be Guardians,” Safran said. “It’s the best of all possible both worlds, I think, for fans and for James Gunn himself.”
All we know for sure is that The Suicide Squad will film sometime this year with Warners Bros tentatively setting a summer 2021 release. That means the very earliest Gunn would start work on Guardians would be mid-2021, given a filmmaker's commitments to promoting a movie, we could be in for a significant wait. On the more positive side, Gunn's script for Guardians was already signed off before he was dismissed last year, so we won't have to wait for him to write the film before he can get started.
Next up from The Worlds of DC is Shazam which snaps into cinemas on April 5, and early word has it that the movie is highly entertaining.