James Gunn was told he could ‘do whatever he wants’ with any DC Comics’ character

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster…

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.

Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster, and filming finished just before the Hollywood shutdown amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a Q&A on his Instagram Stories, Gunn was quizzed about the upcoming movie, which sees Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman reprise their roles, and revealed that when he was in early talks with Warner Bros. about helming the film, he was offered his pick of projects.

One follower asked the 53-year-old if the rumours that he was asked by studio bosses to direct a standalone Superman movie were true, prompting Gunn to set the record straight.

“No one offered me a specific film, but various characters were brought up. DC said I could do what I wanted with any of the characters,” he explained. “I chose Suicide Squad because of my love for the Ostrader books, and movies like The Dirty Dozen. I couldn’t be happier with the film so far!”

He also cryptically teased the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and told followers that the third movie, which is currently on hiatus due to Covid-19, would be the last for him and his cast, including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana.

“It’s probably my last one, and probably the last with the current team. But you never know!” he quipped.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn revealed that helming a huge superhero ensemble blockbuster would never be in the pipeline for him.

“I haven’t been asked, but wouldn’t do it if I was,” he replied to one fan, who asked if he would ever direct an Avengers movie. “Just doesn’t appeal to me.”

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James Gunn reflects on ‘hard time’ while filming The Suicide Squad

James Gunn has reflected on the emotionally challenging time he had while filming The Suicide Squad.The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker began production on the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie last year, with original stars Margot Robbi…

James Gunn has reflected on the emotionally challenging time he had while filming The Suicide Squad.

The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker began production on the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie last year, with original stars Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis returning to the DC Comics saga, alongside newcomers John Cena, Idris Elba, and Taika Waititi.

Gunn celebrated the end of filming The Suicide Squad with a touching post on Instagram on Saturday in which he revealed that he had a hard time helming the project while grieving the loss of his father and his pet dog.

“And that’s a wrap on #TheSuicideSquad,” he wrote alongside a snap of the entire cast and crew. “My father died two weeks before we started filming and my dog died two weeks before the end. It was a hard, hard time in my life and yet the most fulfilling time I’ve ever had making a movie.”

The 53-year-old writer and director also honoured the star-studded cast, which also includes Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, and Michael Rooker in mysterious roles.

“The professionalism, talent, compassion and kindness of this cast and crew inspired me every day. Thanks to everyone involved in this film, in every stage of development, in every department – I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for you all. You are why I make movies,” Gunn concluded his emotional post.

The Suicide Squad will hit cinemas in August 2021.

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Jai Courtney feared Suicide Squad sequel wouldn’t happen

Jai Courtney feared a sequel to Suicide Squad wasn’t going to be given the go-ahead.The Australian actor played Captain Boomerang in the 2016 DC comic book movie and is reprising his role for the follow-up alongside Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, as we…

Jai Courtney feared a sequel to Suicide Squad wasn’t going to be given the go-ahead.

The Australian actor played Captain Boomerang in the 2016 DC comic book movie and is reprising his role for the follow-up alongside Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, as well as newcomers John Cena, Pete Davidson, Michael Rooker, and Idris Elba.

Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn is writing and directing The Suicide Squad, and Courtney said he was “really excited” to be returning for the sequel, especially as he once feared it might not make it to the big screen.

“I was pumped to be coming back, and to finally be able to portray this character again, and to be with this great group of people. It had been a couple of years between drinks. There was a period there where we didn’t really know if it was gonna happen or not,” he told Collider.

“They got a great script out of James, and the decision to work with him was a great one. So, I was stoked. I’m stoked to be here. It’s a fantastic group, and the script’s really exciting, so I have no doubt we’ll deliver something that people are gonna love.”

The Terminator Genisys star was also quizzed about what fans could expect from the follow-up, and was hesitant to give out any details in case he got himself into trouble with Warner Bros.

“It’s hard to comment on, so explicitly… It’s a tricky one to answer. It’s incredibly funny, but it’s still very violent and action-packed. I don’t think it adheres to anything specifically that we didn’t try to uncover a little, in the first movie,” Courtney explained.

“You’re getting too many details out of me. I’m going to walk myself into trouble here, in a minute… You’re just gonna have to just check it out. I’m that guy that’ll keep talking and talking and talking, and then I’ll have blown the f**king end of the movie.”

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David Ayer fed up with criticism of Suicide Squad

Director David Ayer is frustrated by criticism of Suicide Squad because the film was not his “original vision”. On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced the cast of The Suicide Squad, his follow-up to Ayer’s 2016 comic book movi…

Director David Ayer is frustrated by criticism of Suicide Squad because the film was not his “original vision”.

On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced the cast of The Suicide Squad, his follow-up to Ayer’s 2016 comic book movie. In response, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich tweeted that it was hard to be excited about a sequel to “some dumb piece of s**t that literally every sane person on Earth hated with a passion when it came out like 10 minutes ago.”

The filmmaker noticed the “mean-spirited” comment and replied, “A lot of people dedicated their blood sweat and tears and came together to make the original. It’s incredibly painful to have two years of my love attacked in such a way.”

After the journalist explained that he was simply frustrated about franchises continuing regardless of previous results, Ayer added, “The film industry is exactly that – an industry – it keeps growing and moving forward. Yet I know @JamesGunn will make something amazing. My frustration comes from being hammered for something that was not my original vision.”

The 51-year-old continued to tell his followers he “cannot wait to see this movie” and that Warner Bros. executives were “blessed to have @James Gunn.” Gunn responded to the praise by tweeting the praying hands emoji.

The Suicide Squad, which is said to be a reboot of Ayer’s movie, will feature returning cast members including Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman, while newcomers include Idris Elba, Taika Waititi, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, and Pete Davidson. When Gunn unveiled the confirmed cast list on Friday, fans were quick to notice that Jared Leto was absent, leaving them to wonder who will be playing the Joker next.

The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit cinemas in August 2021.

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