Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in Guardians, tweeted after the news was announced saying he wants to be involved. The first film, written and directed by David Ayer, earned $747 million in 2016 but drew withering reviews.
Warner Bros had director Gavin O'Connor attached to that film, but he is now engaged in directing Ben Affleck in the Brad Ingelsby-scripted drama Torrance, which is also at the studio. Gunn's Suicide Squad could conceivably differ from Ayer's in terms of story alone, thereby employing numerous first film's same cast members and characters. According to Deadline, he'll bring "a completely new take on the property to Suicide Squad" which, despite Margot Robbie's ideal performance as Harley Quinn, is probably for the best.
Asked for his thoughts about the possibility of the film's universe being re-written, Ayer tweeted: "I think it's an incredibly fearless and smart move by the studio".
James Gunn attends the premiere of Disney And Marvel's "Ant-Man And The Wasp" on June 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Suicide Squad 2 does not yet have a release date. Someone with a good grasp of story and making characters endearing, even if they're reprehensible, is something Gunn has done time and again in his work. Eager to scoop him up as soon as his exit was signed, sealed, and delivered, it appears that Gunn will now be lending his talents to the other half of the Big Two.
However, those rumours have been quashed with the recent announcement that Gunn has signed on as a writer, and potential director, for Suicide Squad 2.