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James Gunn Back At Marvel Studios For “Guardians Of The Galaxy 3”

After much deliberation, James Gunn is back at Marvel Studios, bay-bay!

Deadline reports that this was decided on some time ago for the man who will also be directing DC Comics’ upcoming “Suicide Squad 2“, and the decision to announce it publicly finally happened today:

The decision to rehire Gunn –he was fired last July by Disney after alt-right journalists made public a fusillade of decade old social media missives that made light of pedophilia and rape — was one that was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios.

Why the change of heart? After the firing, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn on multiple occasions to discuss the situation. Persuaded by Gunn’s public apology and his handling of the situation after, Horn decided to reverse course and reinstate Gunn.

Soon after the announcement, James went on Twitter to respond to the news:

“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months,” he wrote. “I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. I deeply appreciate Disney’s decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I have been, and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.”

The surprising news that Disney reversed its decision to fire Gunn broke on Friday, March 15, but apparently Disney’s decision to rehire Gunn and have him direct Guardians Vol. 3 actually happened months ago. The story, originally reported by Deadline and confirmed by IGN, led to a joyous response from fans. Also a fan? Sonic the Hedgehog star Ben Schwartz, who simply responded to Gunn’s tweet, “AYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEE.”

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This tweet marks Gunn breaking his eight-month-long Twitter silence. The last thing he had tweeted, which was on July 19, 2018,  was his five-part apology in response to his resurfaced controversial tweets from 2008 and 2009 that led to Disney firing him to begin with.

Before Gunn sits back into the directing chair for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he’ll first complete his work as writer and director for Warner Bros.’s upcoming Suicide Squad 2, which is due in theaters in 2021. We want to hear which film you guys want to see first! Take our poll below:Which Movie Should James Gunn Direct First?Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Suicide Squad 2Neither!VoteView Results

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The entire cast had been very supportive of James when he was fired, and are ecstatic now that his return is official. Disney, as it turns out, had not even begun to consider other directors for the franchise, so it seems the movie will end with the same person behind the camera who it started with.

Prior to his firing, James Gunn wrote the script for GotG 3, which Marvel Studios confirmed they would use for the third installment.

Disney is also days away from sealing the deal to acquire the assets of Fox, so stayed tuned for that news and how it will likely affect the Marvel movies.

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Four New Teammates Added To “Suicide Squad 2” Movie

The Suicide Squad sequel is picking up some steam, and word just got out of who may be part of the mercenary group in the upcoming James Gunn movie.

According to a report from Collider, four new members will join the gang in “Suicide Squad 2”. They are all familiar foes, though some may be more obscure than others. Ratcatcher, King Shark, Polka-Dot Man, and Peacemaker will all be added to the roster.

Peacemaker, who seems to be a cross between The New Gods and The Punisher, is rumored to be played by Dave Bautista, or at least that is who James Gunn wants to take the role. It would be a huge get for the movie, and I am sure Bautista would be open to working with Gunn again.

King Shark, meanwhile, is currently part of the DC TV universe and has appeared on CW’s “The Flash”, but the cinematic world is completely separate from the television universe so that is not a big deal.

Ratcatcher was a villain from Batman who was originally a male, and is now rumored to be genderswapped into a female role.

And as for Polka-Dot Man, he is a man who uses polka dots as weapons. Could be worse….

The remaining team members from the first movie to reappear (so far) are Deadshot who will now be played by Idris Elba, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Joel Kinnaman is also rumored to reprise his role as Rick Flagg, but no official word on that just yet.

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Idris Elba Takes Over “Deadshot” role in “Suicide Squad 2”

“Suicide Squad 2” is still a thing that is happening, despite some recent turbulence. Today, a new actor has joined the cast to take over a lead role that just lost its actor.

Last week, we learned that Will Smith backed out of “Suicide Squad 2”, leaving the role of Deadshot without a body to play it. Today, we have learned that Idris Elba will take over that character for the upcoming sequel.

“Sources say that Elba met with Gunn on Friday and it went so swimmingly that talks began with the studio in earnest. Elba was the first and only choice for Gunn and the studio.”

Although Deadshot is returning, Gunn is reportedly looking to add DC Comics characters that have not been in any movies yet, as opposed to returning ones for his rendition of the Squad.

Idris Elba is currently working on the Fast and Furious sequel, as well as the movie version of the “Cats” musical, where he plays Macavity.

“Suicide Squad 2” is being written and directed by James Gunn, with Charles Roven and Peter Safran producing. Filming is anticipated to start this September, with an estimated Aug. 6, 2021 release date.

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“Suicide Squad 2” Loses Will Smith

One “Suicide Squad” member just went the way of Slipknot and El Diablo for the upcoming sequel, as Will Smith has left his role as Deadshot in the upcoming sequel.

In a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Will Smith will not be returning to reprise his role as the mercenary Deadshot. Apparently, he was never officially signed on for the sequel to begin with, and scheduling issues have made it even more difficult. This led to him formally backing out of the project.

There is no word on if the character will remain in the film with a new actor replacing Smith, or if they will simply write him out of the sequel.

“Suicide Squad 2” will feature James Gunn’s return to a comic book film since Marvel dropped him in July. As for the remaining (and surviving) members of the Suicide Squad team from the first movie, none are confirmed to return as of this article.

Smith will show up next in Disney’s live-action version of “Aladdin”, which opens this May. Smith plays The Genie, and we hope the final visual FX of the film look better than what we have seen so far in the trailer.

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