Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

The former Marvel director was sacked by Disney off of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after old tweets from Gunn that were offensive in nature surfaced this past summer.

Gunn's new take on the project leaves the return of Leto, Robbie, and Smith in question.

Gunn will no longer be able to direct Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 following a string of unearthed social media posts.

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According to Variety film reporter Justin Kroll, there's another reason why O'Connor is no longer behind the helm: his story for Suicide Squad 2 apparently "ended up being nearly identical to the Birds of Prey story".

Update: When reached for comment, Warner Bros. told GameSpot, "It is confirmed that James Gunn is writing the next installment of the Suicide Squad franchise". They landed The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor to write and direct back in September 2017.

Suicide Squad, like Guardians, was a superhero team-up movie with an ensemble cast of less-than-heroic characters. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige once said, "Certainly the success of Guardians just boosted our confidence to continue to go in new, fun, weird directions ... to continue to expand and do really unique and really different tonal things".

"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative", Gunn wrote in a statement on Twitter.

The new Suicide Squad movie is going to be produced by Peter Safran who is famously known for producing films from the highly-successful Conjuringfilm franchise, including the 2018 film The Nun.

io9's report includes phrases like "reportedly", which suggests that the outlet may have cobbled together enough inside info about the pending Gunn deal to elicit a clear response from Warner Bros.