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James Gunn Debunks David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Return Rumor

The Suicide Squad director James Gunn debunked reports that Warner Bros. Discovery is considering bringing back David Ayer to direct a sequel to his 2016 version of Suicide Squad.

DC’s two Suicide Squad films technically take place in the same continuity, with Gunn’s 2021 DC entry serving as a sequel to Ayer’s 2016 film. However, most fans would consider Gunn’s film a soft reboot for the franchise, given that it radically overhauled the tone of the franchise and the characterization of several central characters.

David Ayer’s Suicide Squad generally failed to impress, while James Gunn’s showed a marked improvement. Gunn is currently working on a range of other DC projects with Warner Bros. Discovery.

Taking to Twitter to respond to a claim Warner Bros. Discovery is looking to bring back David Ayer to direct a sequel to his version of Suicide Squad, James Gunn shut down the rumor in his iconically blunt style.

James Gunn was asked about a tweet sharing a rumor that Warner Bros. Discovery is considering making a third Suicide Squad film that would disregard Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, with Will Smith leading and David Ayer potentially directing.

Gunn, who is actively working with Warner Bros. Discovery and DC on his current slate of projects, responded to the question “is any of this real?” with a simple “It’s not.”

That’s a fairly definitive answer on the matter of a potential David Ayer helmed Suicide Squad sequel. Given that Ayer’s take on Suicide Squad was a bit of a letdown for audiences, while Gunn’s broadly impressed and even led to the launch of the hugely successful Peacemaker spin-off series, it’s probably wise that DC leaves the Suicide Squad in Gunn’s hands.

Here is the synopsis for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell—a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and-destroy mission, with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Flula Borg, Mayling Ng, Tinashe Kajese, Steve Agee, Jennifer Holland, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Storm Reid, and Taika Waititi.

The Suicide Squad is available on BluRay, 4K, DVD, and Digital, while Peacemaker is streaming on HBO Max. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of James Gunn’s DC projects, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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