James Gunn will not only be writing Warner Bros.' The Suicide Squad, a soft reboot of David Ayer's 2016 film, but he will also likely sit in the director's chair to bring his new interpretation of the titular supervillain team to life. As it turns out, though, before Gunn settled on the film, he was actually offered the opportunity to helm a new Superman movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, when the former Guardians of the Galaxy director was first being courted by Warner Bros., they offered him his pick of which DC property he'd like to tackle, including the Man of Steel himself.
However, Gunn never got far enough along to genuinely consider working on a brand new Superman movie. During his comic book research, though, Gunn did take a liking to Superman's super-powered dog, Krypto. This is an interesting coincidence to note, as it was right around the time it was revealed that Gunn might be directing The Suicide Squad that Warner Bros. also staked a release date for the upcoming animated film DC Super Pets.
Moreover, the fact that Gunn was reportedly offered a Superman project at all is fairly interesting in its own right. After all, the DC film universe has been going through something of an overhaul as of late. In turn, the prospect of Warner Bros. being perfectly content with sidelining Zack Snyder and giving Gunn reign over the Superman franchise is potentially telling.