The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit has been told that James Gunn’s Suicide Squad will not be a sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 film.
Warner Bros. has officially confirmed reports stating that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will write the next entry in the Suicide Squad franchise. Now, Borys Kit has learned that James Gunn will have a completely new take on the material and that his film will not be a sequel, though whether this means key roles will be recast or not remains unclear.
Being told that Gunn's SUICIDE SQUAD will not be a sequel, he will have a whole new take on it. But whether that means a total recasting or not is unclear.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) October 9, 2018
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. The ensemble cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker, all three of whom were expected to reprise their roles in the sequel. Although Suicide Squad earned mixed reviews, at best, the film became a box office hit for DC with a worldwide gross of $750 million.
Suicide Squad 2 is one of many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films, including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Birds of Prey, Black Adam, Cyborg, Nightwing, Supergirl, New Gods, a Deathstroke film, and a Joker origin movie set outside of the DCEU.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on all DC projects!