James Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Will Be a Reboot, Not a Sequel

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News that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn would be writing and directing an upcoming DC film sent shockwaves throughout the superhero cinematic world. After being dismissed (and now subsequently rehired) by Disney over some uncovered inappropriate tweets, Gunn eventually landed his next gig on a rumored sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad. As it turns out, the upcoming film from Gunn is definitely not a sequel. It’s a total rehaul.

In a recent interview with JoBlo, producer Pete Safran set the record straight on the upcoming James Gun-led Suicide Squad film. When asked how excited fans should be for the upcoming “Suicide Squad 2,” Safran quickly corrected the title of the film. he said:

“First of all, we don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 ‘cause it’s a total reboot, so it’s The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it. It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot.”

The upcoming film already has some differences from the first. Most prominently, it was recently announced that Will Smith, who played Deadshot in the 2016 film, would not be returning to the role. Rather, Luther star Idris Elba is said to be in talks for the role. At this point, little else is known about the upcoming sequel film. The film is said to be in the casting stage. Sources say that Gunn is expected to use several new DC characters not featured David Ayer’s first film in addition to some returning characters such as Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. This would, without a doubt, ensure the film as a fresh take on Suicide Squad after the widely-panned first film.

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