It was previously reported that James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy films) was in talks to write the next Suicide Squad film for Warner Bros./DC Films, but now The Hollywood Reporter says the filmmaker is in talks to direct as well. Warner Bros. Pictures has set an August 6, 2021 release date for the film.
The trade says that the new movie has the title of The Suicide Squad and is not being labeled a direct sequel but as a relaunch. They add that Gunn will take the franchise in a new direction with mostly an all-new cast of characters and actors.
Charles Roven and Peter Safran will produce the feature. Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder will serve as executive producers.
Directed by David Ayer, the first Suicide Squad stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
Suicide Squad cost about $175 million and grossed an impressive $746.8 million worldwide. It was officially described as follows:
“It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will next be seen in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie.