After a shaky start, the DC live-action universe has seemingly hit its stride. Shazam! and Aquaman were both successes, and there are some very exciting projects coming down the pipeline. Chief among them is James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which a follow up to David Ayer's 2016 movie Suicide Squad. The upcoming blockbuster will feature a mixture of new and returning characters, and it turns out that the two directors did talk about their shared franchise.
James Gunn pivoted to the DC side of things and landed his The Suicide Squad gig during his brief firing by Marvel Studios. He's a great choice to bring the titular team back to theaters, as his Guardians of the Galaxy tenure has proven his ability to portray a motley crew of comic book characters. He recently revealed that he spoke to Ayer about the upcoming DC movie, saying:
Well, that's classy. It looks like David Ayer and James Gunn have a good relationship, due to their shared connection with the Suicide Squad. What's more, Gunn even cued him into the events of his upcoming DC debut.
James Gunn's comments come from his latest Instagram story Q&A. The filmmaker regularly uses his personal social media to directly communicate with the fans. That's how most of the updates about The Suicide Squad have arrived recently. Gunn has an interesting role to play with the upcoming movie, as it's a follow up the original Suicide Squad, but not necessarily a sequel. There were originally reports of it being a reboot, although Gunn hasn't revealed the specifics.
It should be interesting to see that James Gunn does with The Suicide Squad. Moviegoers will have a pre-existing relationship with the team, especially those characters that are returning. Actors Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney will reprise their roles as Harley Quinn, Amanda Waller, Rick Flag, and Captain Boomerang respectively. But there's also a ton of new faces coming, with more villains joining the titular squad.
David Ayer has spent the last few years discussing Suicide Squad, both its victories and failures. Because while the it was a critical disappointment that was full of studio interference, the movie also made a ton of money at the box office, started a bonafide franchise, and even won an Oscar for makeup.
The Suicide Squad will arrive in theaters on August 6th, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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