James Gunn, director of The Suicide Squad and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, will be returning to make another movie in the DC Universe.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere of The Suicide Squad, Walter Hamada, DC Films’ boss, said: “He’ll be back. We have more stuff planned.
“He really has a vision and he’s a great partner with us. Whenever he wants to come back, we’re ready for him.”
Before adding: “Gunn is always welcome back, whatever he wants to do.”
So there you have it.
Gunn has been highly praised by fans and critics alike for his stellar job on the supervillain flick, so it’s hardly a surprise that the door will be left wide open for him to return.
In fact, the reviews for his latest venture are the best of his career so far.
Our only hope to save the world is a bunch of supervillains — what could go wrong? Check out the new trailer for James Gunn’s #TheSuicideSquad, in theaters and streaming exclusively on @HBOMax* August 6. pic.twitter.com/jPL59lcyOR
— The Suicide Squad (@SuicideSquadWB) June 22, 2021
Margot Robbie – who returns as Harley Quinn for the third time – said that she was thrilled when she found out that Gunn would be taking the reins.
She told THR: “If I read the script and didn’t know James Gunn was going to direct it, it would have been a straight-up ‘no.’
“I was like, ‘No one could pull this off.’ It’s so specific in its brand of comedy and violence. But it came out of his imagination. He knew exactly what to do with it.”
Gunn, who is best known for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, is also at the helm of the upcoming HBO Peacemaker spinoff – with John Cena returning to the role.
The WWE icon said that he holds Gunn in such high regard that he said yes to the eight-episode project without knowing anything about it.
He said: “This is what happens when you leave a brilliant man alone with his thoughts.
“I didn’t even hear what it was [before saying yes], and when I heard it was Peacemaker, I was extra excited.”
Recently, Gunn has been at blows with legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese over comments that the Taxi Driver director made about films based on comic books.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Gunn said: “It just seems awful cynical that he would keep coming out against Marvel and then that’s the only thing that would get him press for his movie.
“So then he just kept coming out against Marvel, so that he could get press for his movie. So, he’s creating his movie in the shadow of the Marvel films, and so he uses that to get attention for something that he wasn’t getting as much attention as he wanted for it.”
But Gunn also partly agreed with Scorcese’s comments.
He added: “There’s a lot of things that are true about what he said. There are a lot of heartless, soulless, spectacle films out there that don’t reflect what should be happening… A lot of what he said was good, and then also, he hasn’t seen my movie, he doesn’t know what my movie is, so it was irritating.”
Gunn later clarified his comments on Twitter, tweeting: “Martin Scorsese is probably the world’s greatest living American filmmaker. I love & study his films & will continue to love & study his films.
“I disagree with him solely on one point: That films based on comic books are innately not cinema, that’s all.”
He was responding to an article that Scorsese wrote in The New York Times where he said: “Many of the elements that define cinema as I know it are there in Marvel pictures,
“What’s not there is revelation, mystery or genuine emotional danger. Nothing is at risk. The pictures are made to satisfy a specific set of demands, and they are designed as variations on a finite number of themes.”
The Suicide Squad is in cinemas now in the UK and US.
Have you seen it yet?