Dave Bautista Confirms Talks With James Gunn About ‘The Suicide Squad’


During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dave Bautista confirmed he had conversations with James Gunn about possibly appearing in The Suicide Squad.

Months after Disney fired James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 over offensive social media posts he wrote several years ago, the filmmaker was tapped to write and direct a reimagining of The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. and DC. Of course, Disney reinstated James as the director of the third Guardians of the Galaxy film earlier this year, but for a time it felt as though the Marvel film series would have to move forward without the man who helmed the first two chapters.

During that period, Dave Bautista vocalized his frustration with Disney over its decision to fire James Gunn and fans suspected the actor might be considered for a role in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Now, Dave Bautista has confirmed he spoke with James Gunn about The Suicide Squad during the time in which the latter was no longer involved with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, though the actor did not divulge the details of their conversations:

“We did. (Laughs.) Yeah, we did.”

The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences with an ensemble cast that included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as The Joker. James Gunn is expected to deliver on the new take on the supervillain team in his upcoming movie, with Idris Elba playing a new character, Jai Courtney reprising his role as Captain Boomerang, David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, and Viola Davis returning as Amanda Waller. John Cena reportedly in talks for an undisclosed role while Michael Rooker is said to be eyed for the role of King Shark.

The Suicide Squad is one of many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC. The list also includes The BatmanThe FlashGreen Lantern CorpsBirds of PreyBlack AdamNightwingSupergirl and New Gods.

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The Suicide Squad will be released in theaters on August 6, 2021.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Sebastian Peris

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