James Gunn gets David Ayer's backing for Suicide Squad 2

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 October 2018
James Gunn

James Gunn

James Gunn has the backing of David Ayer following reports he is set to take over for 'Suicide Squad 2', with claims he could change the cast and tone of the movie

James Gunn has the backing of David Ayer to take over for 'Suicide Squad 2'.

The 50-year-old filmmaker has praised Warner Bros. for the "brave and smart" decision to potentially place the former 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director – who was fired from Disney earlier this year over controversial past tweets – at the helm of the DC sequel.

According to reports, the project could see Gunn write and potentially direct the movie, and there's a chance he could put his own spin on it in terms of style, tone and even cast.

Asked for his thoughts about the possibility of the film's universe being re-written, Ayer tweeted: "I think it's an incredibly brave and smart move by the studio. James is the right man for the job!"

Ayer previously revealed he wanted the Joker – played by Jared Leto – to be the main villain in the original 2016 blockbuster.

The DC Extended Universe movie also starred Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and although the film saw the gang of antiheroes go against the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), he wished Batman's arch nemesis had been "the main bad guy" for the mercenary squad to battle.

He posted on Twitter: "Believe me. I agonize over this. Yes. Joke should have been main bad guy. (sic)"

Although a sequel is in the works, Ayer stepped away from the movie to focus on 'Gotham City Sirens' but admitted he could have done things "a little different" to make the first film even more of a success than it was at the box office.

He continued: "Yeah it was a big fun silly movie. It could have been a bigger success had I done it a little different. But it did great and made an impression. (sic)"

The Suicide Squad

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 12min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Gunn
  • Written by: James Gunn
  • Cast: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi
  • UK release: 30 July 2021

Confusingly-titled sequel to Suicide Squad.