When James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 he was pretty sure his career was over. Instead, he now finds himself in a world where he has two massive comic book films on his horizon, and one of them was exactly what he needed.
Speaking with Deadline, Gunn went over how his firing by Disney impacted his life and how he viewed himself. He goes on to discuss how he was sure his career was over, but within two days he was taking calls from studios that were anxious to hire him. “On some theoretical level, I was like, ‘Well, maybe I do have a future.'” said Gunn. “I’m a fairly logic-oriented person and that helped, but emotionally, there was not a whole lot there to hold onto. That was good for me, too, because what I needed to do was stop making my career be what makes me worthwhile and start making me just be OK as myself. That is what I concentrated on. I concentrated on the fun.”
And that’s where The Suicide Squad came in. Speaking of the film, Gunn said, “The Suicide Squad, it just instantly started flowing. I don’t think I’ve had as much fun writing a script since maybe Dawn of the Dead. That’s what this whole movie has been like.”
It’s great to hear he’s having fun because when you love your job is when you usually produce your best work.
Casting for The Suicide Squad
What would be great at this point, from a viewer’s perspective, however, is some solid news on the casting. As it stands right now, David Dastmalchian is confirmed as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior is rumored for a genderswapped Ratcatcher, and we still have no clear indication who Idris Elba is playing. A new rumor, however, points to his character having a daughter, so that narrows down the field a bit. And the final new character rumor has Benicio del Toro possibly up for the role of the film’s villain.
As for returning cast from 2016’s Suicide Squad include Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and possibly Joel Kinnaman as Flagg.
The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.
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