It seems that the timing between James Gunn signing on to The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was closer than some of us would have thought.
In a cover story in the latest issue of Empire, James Gunn talks about his upcoming The Suicide Squad, but he also reveals how close the timing really was on Marvel calling him about coming back. “It was a happy ending, but it was also scary, because I actually got the call from Alan Horn (Walt Disney Studios chairman) long before it was announced: it happened literally the day after I agreed to do The Suicide Squad,” said Gunn.
After his discussion with Horn, Gunn said he felt the need to talk with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to update him. Gunn called Feige and informed him he was doing a DC film and the first thing he asked was, “Is it Superman?” Gunn did go on to tell Empire, “That was a possibility,” which is just the latest confirmation of the possibility.
Gunn went on to explain that he told Feige that it was The Suicide Squad and the Marvel executive’s reaction was to say, “Please, please make a good movie. Just… make a great movie.” Gunn said that he has kept his friends at Marvel up to speed on the project adding, “Kevin knew who all those characters were for months before we revealed them at FanDome. He still knows who the villain is. I think he’s pretty trustworthy with his NDA!”
The Suicide Squad is due to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.