DC has confirmed James Gunn is attached to write Suicide Squad 2, saying he will bring "a completely fresh take to the franchise."
It's notable that the latest episode of DC Daily, makes no mention of directing, which initial reports indicate remain a possibility.
Gunn follows writer/director Gavin O'Connor, who reportedly exited the sequel because his story because of frustrations that his story is virtually identical to that of Birds of Prey, which is thought to be a priority for Warner Bros. David Bar Katz and Todd Stashwick also worked on that Suicide Squad 2 script.
Of course, it's unclear what "a completely fresh take" actually means. Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman were among the actors from the 2016 original expected to reprise their roles for the sequel, and it seems unlikely the studio will start completely from scratch. Robbie's Harley Quinn proved to be a high point of an otherwise-divisive film, and Warner Bros. is banking on her as a franchise star, with her set to appear in Birds of Prey and a planned Joker and Harley film, for starters. Smith, too, has his eye on a potential Deadshot solo movie.
Gunn's official welcome to the "DC family" comes after the Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director was fired by Disney in July when years-old controversial tweets were unearthed. His loss resulted in the studio indefinitely delaying Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, originally part of Marvel's post-Phase Three plans, while it regroups.