James Gunn Close to Becoming “Suicide Squad 2” Director

Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, and Karen Fukuhara in "Suicide Squad"

After James Gunn was attached as a writer on DC’s Suicide Squad 2 back in October, rumors started circling that he could also extend his involvement in the movie.

It turns out that there was some truth in these reports since Gunn is close to taking over the directorial duties on the project, according to Deadline. The sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad is scheduled for release on August 6th, 2021.

The original Suicide Squad movie followed a group of villains – Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc – as they are forced to use their skills to help humanity for a change and save the world from impending disaster. While the movie ended up being slammed by the critics, it was a big hit at the box office and prompted Warner Bros. to consider a sequel.

While Suicide Squad 2 has been in the works for some time now, we didn’t receive plenty of news about the project besides Gunn’s involvement. There are rumors, however, that the movie will focus on an entirely different lineup of characters, and that actors from the original won’t reprise their roles.

James Gunn is best known for his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his directorial and writing efforts on blockbuster hits Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel Studios, however, decided to fire Gunn due to his controversial tweets last year and Warner Bros. immediately jumped on the opportunity to involve him with their DC projects.