James Gunn is returning to superhero-based movies to direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. After directing two hits films for Marvel Studios and then being fired from a third over old, offensive tweets, Gunn was in-demand for every major studio outside of Disney.
Warner Bros. was quick to pursue Gunn after all pending matters with The Mouse were settled. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn had his pick of several DC projects.
The director looked at Superman, but only briefly. He took a longer look at Superman’s dog, Krypto, before ultimately choosing The Suicide Squad. Gunn’s interest in Krypto really isn’t as surprising as it might seem. He is an animal lover and gave his dog, Dr. Wesley Von Spears, a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fortunately for Krypto, he’ll still pop up in DC Super Pets in May 2021.
THR reiterates that The Suicide Squad is more of a reboot than a sequel. Gunn will rely primarily on new characters.
If he uses any of the characters from Ayer’s film, it won’t technically be a reboot. Semantics aside, however, Gunn is taking the story in a new direction and may not worry about or be beholden to anything that happened in the first movie.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter