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James Gunn Is Now Writing ‘Suicide Squad 2’, Which Must Suck

It's a big poach for DC.

Director James Gunn who was recently fired by Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after some awful old tweets of his surfaced, is now in talks to write and perhaps direct  Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros.

This is a bit of a plot twist, after there was a concerted effort by fans and Guardians castmates to get him re-hired — including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper — who signed an open letter in which they said Gunn has their full support.

Gunn was dropped from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due to tweets in which the director made jokes about rape and paedophilia.

The tweets in question, which Gunn wrote between 2008 and 2011, were unearthed by Mike Cernovich, a prominent alt-right personality who had previously clashed with the filmmaker on social media. Cernovich cited the tweets as proof there was “a pedo network operating in Hollywood”.

While Gunn apologised for the tweets, Variety reports that the feeling in Disney is that those sort of jokes are unacceptable in the #MeToo era and do not fit with Disney’s family-friendly reputation.

Poaching Gunn for Suicide Squad is a bit of a coup for Warner Bros., especially considering the first Suicide Squad was godawful, and Guardians of the Galaxy is a delight.