All of the comic book movie fans have to be in a great space right now as a lot of good things are happening for us. Just barring the DCEU Superman and Batman conundrum, we’re actually getting everything we wanted (well except the Snyder Cut obviously). Disney heard us and reinstated James Gunn to his former position as the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But what’s even better is that he is also directing The Suicide Squad now.
DC has found their footing with Aquaman and Shazam!, and now they’re looking to amp things up giving us 2 movies per year. The MCU has given us 3 movies per year and they’ll continue to do so (except for 2020 maybe). They’ve even got rights to all the Fox Marvel characters now. Sony is planning big with their Spider-Man characters. So, we cannot be any happier than this. Sure, we will miss Man of Steel, Batfleck and we won’t get another Justice League, but aren’t the Studios making up for all that by giving us things which are arguably better?
James Gunn directing The Suicide Squad was the best thing that could have happened to the Worlds of DC. He’ll do what WB was trying to rip off of in the first place. He is directing the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as well right after he’s done with The Suicide Squad, which is his priority for now. Disney knows that and they’ve agreed to it, and so have WB. Peter Safran, a producer from WB has made this clear as he spoke to Jo Blo.
He was asked whether there’s any confusion regarding Gunn’s involvement with both of these movies and here’s what he replied:
“No, 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. It’s the best of all possible both worlds, I think, for fans and for James Gunn himself.”
We’ve recently got some great piece of Info from Collider regarding the roster of the new Suicide Squad, and the report suggested that the new members of the team consist of Ratcatcher, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, and Peacemaker, and the team will obviously be led by Idris Elba’s Deadshot while involving Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in a limited capacity.
All of this with Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller is a team that only Gunn could have brought forward and actually make good of. Dave Bautista is rumored to be eyed for Peace Maker. We know that Will Smith could not return due to scheduling conflicts, so WB actually brought in an actor that is arguably better for many people out there. There have been reports suggesting that this will be a totally new reboot with the film ignoring the previous film’s existence entirely.
Well, that is not true as it will include at least 3 cast members from the previous movie. Along with Viola Davis and Margot Robbie, it is now confirmed that Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang is also going to return in The Suicide Squad. Will Smith would have made it 4 characters, but let’s get past that now. Suicide Squad would have felt incomplete without Captain Boomerang pissing Deadshot off. Here’s what Jai Courtney told Business Insider while promoting his next film, Storm Boy:
“We’re getting ready to shoot in a few months’ time. There’s not much else I can reveal about it but, yeah, you’ll be seeing Boomerang back for sure.”
It is good Gunn is not completely rehashing the entire first movie and keeping the good elements of it intact. Gunn is giving doing to Suicide Squad what Taika Waititi did to Thor: Ragnarok, but only on a much bigger scale. Taika ditched everything that wasn’t working for Thor, Jane was pushed out, the Warriors 3 were killed off, Asgard was killed off, Thor’s hair and Mjolnir were removed from the picture. James Gunn’s gonna do much more than that, and probably not even address it in the way that Ragnarok did since it is a reboot sequel and they are going to leave it at that.
The Suicide Squad opens on August 6, 2021.