Despite being known for his work on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy films, writer and director James Gunn is slated to helm The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. Most early reports about the movie have indicated it will serve as a "relaunch" of the film franchise. Producer Peter Safran has now confirmed that the film is a complete reboot.
In an interview with JoBlo.com, Safran explained why people should be looking forward to the film, while also saying what the film will have, saying, "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 we will deliver a lot."
Safran's statement makes it clear that the move will be a massive departure from the original film, details about which are still mostly unknown. Warner Bros. is likely hoping that Gun will be able to do with The Suicide Squad what he did with Guardians of the Galaxy and launch a popular and well-received series of films. Of course, Gunn is also returning to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, so it's unclear what that means for future installments in The Suicide Squad.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.