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Unlike the organized and punctual Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe is more spontaneous and go-with-the-flow. At one point, it was all about Zack Snyder’s world kicked off by Man of Steel and leaning into his Justice League arc, but nowadays, the universe feels like a random, yet lovely array of random comic book movies ranging from David Ayer to James Gunn’s respective visions for the Suicide Squad to at least three Batman iterations set to come to us in the next couple years. Who’s to say what’s to come? ...Unless you’re talking to DC films president Walter Hamada. That guy definitely knows.
The Suicide Squad is the DCEU’s latest venture, as James Gunn’s film is now available to the public following some heavily positive reviews from critics and opening box office numbers on the way. And Walter Hamada shared his confidence in working with Gunn again with these words:
James Gunn has already developed a follow-up to The Suicide Squad in the form of the HBO Max Peacemaker show starring John Cena. We don’t know what else the filmmaker has planned with the studio, but the other day, he also shared that he has in fact had “discussions” with Warner Bros about more DC projects after wrapping Peacemaker.
When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Walter Hamada sounded especially interested in seeing James Gunn add more DCEU projects to his resume. As he continued:
James Gunn’s first comic book movie home was over at Marvel with his Guardians of the Galaxy films until he was fired by the studio due to a Twitter controversy. Following the firing, Gunn was approached by Warner Bros and given the keys to make a number of movies based on DC comics. He could have directed the next Superman movie if he wanted to, but he was keen to put his own spin on the Suicide Squad instead.
A few years later, it seems like James Gunn’s first project with DC made a great impression, and he’s set to return to Marvel to finally make Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ahead of its May 5, 2023 release date. I'm curious what other DCEU projects James Gunn could develop next if he does decide to return to the universe, and at this point, it seems more likely than not.
The Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, which you can subscribe to with this link. You can also stay updated on what upcoming DCEU projects are on the way next here on CinemaBlend.
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