With James Gunn returning as director for "Guardians of the Galaxy 3," will he still bring a re-imagination to the "Suicide Squad." James Gunn has now the job of balancing his directorial work between DC Entertainment and Marvel Studios. Marvel and Disney have brought back Gunn to direct "Guardians of the Galaxy 3." Disney fired Gunn in last year and Warner Bros.

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brought him in to work on a rebooted "Suicide Squad." Gunn has said he plans to finish it before starting on Guardians 3.

When Gunn was fired by Disney, Warner Bros. offered him the opportunity to write and direct a new take of the 2016 "Suicide Squad." The film was a success for Warner Bros., bringing in a little over $325 million domestically for the studio, which has stumbled along since "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." Even with starting over with a new cast of characters, Warner Bros. saw a chance for Gunn to bring his success to "Suicide Squad" so they pounced.

Disney has rehired James Gunn to direct the next Guardians film. [Source: The Cosmic Wonder/YouTube]
Disney has rehired James Gunn to direct the next Guardians film. [Source: The Cosmic Wonder/YouTube]

James Gunn to finish Suicide Squad first

Gunn's new take on "Suicide Squad" is rumored to star Idris Elba as Deadshot, taking over the role originally held by Will Smith. The new take is set to open August 6, 2021. Gunn has said he plans to finish "Suicide Squad" before starting "Guardians of the Galaxy 3," which was originally scheduled to open next year. With Gunn's plan, Marvel fans are not expected to see "Guardians of the Galaxy" will not be released until 2022 or later.

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Disney originally let Gunn go in July 2018, after offensive tweets surfaced from previous years, for which he apologized on multiple occasions. Disney didn't want to risk having one of their most popular franchises damaged by scandal so they acted immediately, but that led to an even bigger PR disaster as the Guardians cast defended their director. With Gunn gone, Guardians 3 was put on the back burner, with the future of the franchise in question. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that a deal to bring James Gunn back was in the works for a while now.

GOTG director balancing two major franchises

Now that he's confirmed to return, Gunn becomes a very busy director in Hollywood with the weight of two major franchises on his shoulders. When the news was made public Gunn took to Twitter showing his appreciation for those who have supported him over the past few months. He said he appreciated Disney's decision to bring him back and that he's excited to continue to make films. He is humbled by the love and support of his fans.

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