James Gunn to Write DC’s “Suicide Squad”

James Gunn. Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (8628323h)

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired by Disney earlier this year following the emergence of controversial tweets he wrote ten years ago. Now, Warner Bros. confirmed that Gunn is in discussions to write, and might even direct, the next installment of the Suicide Squad franchise.

Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Marvel franchise, has been among those who have loudly and publicly defended Gunn. He most recently voiced his support for Warner Bros and DC’s decision to hire Gunn to write and possibly direct the Suicide Squad sequel. “Where do I sign up!”, Bautista wrote on Twitter along with a link to Deadline’s confirmation of the news.

Earlier this year, Gunn publicly apologized for his tweets. He wrote: “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

He added: “It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.”