James Gunn is rebooting Suicide Squad before returning to Guardians of the Galaxy
News broke last week that James Gunn is to return to the MCU and has been rehired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 having previously been fired for decade old tweets that he apologised for TWICE before; once before he even signed on to direct the first film in the series.
Now we know that before he returns to Marvel he's been tasked with rebooting Suicide Squad for DC after just one film due to the poor reception of David Ayer's film.
Speaking to JoBlo, DC producer Peter Safran revealed that The Suicide Squad isn't being treated as a full reboot - "“We don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 because it’s a total reboot, so it’s The Suicide Squad.”
With The Suicide Squad set for release in 2021, it now looks like Guardians of the Galaxy 3 might well come towards the end of the next phase of the MCU maybe even as late as 2022; despite already having a script penned by Gunn before he was unceremoniously dropped last year.
The future of the DC cinematic universe seems peppered with reboots, standalones and a conspicuous absence of Superman following the lukewarm reception of Justice League. Both Wonder Woman and Aquaman received a much better critical reaction than any of the other DC tentpole films and with the reboot of The Suicide Squad now on the horizon AND the standalone Matt Reeves The Batman and Joaquin Phoenix Joker movies in production we're not sure what Warner and DC's overarching plan is right now.