James Gunn will join the DC Extended Universe in 2021 with The Suicide Squad, a sequel and reboot of 2016's Suicide Squad film by writer-director David Ayer. Recently, Ayer revealed he has no problem with Gunn taking over for him on the followup.
On Twitter, Ayer responded to a tweet defending Gunn as director of The Suicide Squad, stating that DC is blessed to have the popular filmmaker: "DC is blessed to have James Gunn."
Ayer also commented that he's "getting [his] popcorn ready,” indicating some level of excitement for Gunn's film. Ayer had previously praised Gunn’s hiring last year, when the latter boarded the project to write the script.
Released on August 5, 2016, Ayer's Suicide Squad was the third installment of the DC Extended Universe and focused on the titular group, which is composed of incarcerated supervillains performing black ops missions for the government in exchange for shortened prison sentences. While a box office success, the film was ravaged by critics for elements such as its characters and story. A sequel was announced in advance in March 2016, with Gunn becoming director of the project earlier this year.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters Aug. 6, 2021. Several cast members from 2016's Suicide Squad will reprise their roles, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Also joining the cast are David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker.