Earlier this year, James Gunn became a subject of controversy and debate when he was fired from the planned Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for offensive tweets written prior to his involvement with Disney. So while plenty see it as a sign of progress for the DCEU that the filmmaker has been hired to script and possibly even direct Suicide Squad 2, others are understandably not too pleased with the idea.
This is evident in the variety of responses seen on Twitter, which range from ecstatic to outraged. On the one hand, you have fans who are happy about this development, or at least feel that you’ve got to hand it to Warner Bros. for snagging James Gunn for what many see as the DCEU’s answer to Guardians.
I've seen some baller moves in my day but man, DC grabbing James Gunn to write/maybe direct Suicide Squad 2, after Disney/Marvel stupidly kicked him to the curb, is one of the most baller moves I've ever witnessed.
Suicide Squad 2 just went from "why?" to "HOLY SHIT YES."
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) October 9, 2018
James Gunn writing and (possibly) directing #SuicideSquad 2? Holy shit. You fucked up, Marvel…
— Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) October 9, 2018
CAST ? @DAVEBAUTISTA ? AS ? SOLOMON ? GRUNDY ?
— Spooky Dan Casey (@DanCasey) October 9, 2018
I will forever want to see James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The franchise is one of my favorites, ever, but I'm tremendously excited to see him make an amazing DC Comics movie.
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) October 9, 2018
James Gunn: Hey DC? You wanted Suicide Squad to be your Guardians of the Galaxy? I'LL MAKE IT YOUR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Bob Iger: pic.twitter.com/W170zIqUHJ
— DoctorDoom (@Acidic_Heart) October 9, 2018
DC snagging James Gunn to make the sequel to the movie they made to rip off his movie is an incredible power move
— Fall Daniel (@ItsDanSheehan) October 9, 2018
At the same time, other users were more skeptical, if not outright furious in their responses.
— Xolta's ghost (@xolta11) October 9, 2018
Y’all still giving james gunn work. pic.twitter.com/mvvdOXrOC9
— you know who I am (@ima_sebstan) October 9, 2018
Man, fuck James Gunn and fuck Warner Bros.
— Gus (@GOODBYEMYSON) October 9, 2018
so ss2 is being written and possibly directed by james gunn with a possibly all new cast.. pic.twitter.com/XO03pL6uHy
— grace (@newsflxsh) October 9, 2018
If James Gunn comes anywhere near Suicide Squad 2, I won't be. Just making that clear now.
— Stemot (@Stemot1978) October 9, 2018
Regardless of where you stand on Disney’s decision to fire Gunn, the Guardians writer-director certainly seems well-suited to the material of Suicide Squad. And in light of a new report that the project could be more of a reboot than a straightforward sequel, it looks like Gunn may have the creative freedom to apply his own vision to the characters. That being said, David Ayer recently lamented how the first film’s final version was vastly different from its original cut, so there’s no guarantee that DC won’t do what they do best here and tamper.
In any case, while it could be a long wait until Suicide Squad 2 makes it to screens, it’s clear that Gunn’s divisive reputation isn’t going away anytime soon.