Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

With Disney refusing to relent and rehire James Gunn for the now on-hold Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3, it seems their "rivals" at Warner Bros (at least in terms of the Marvel/DC divide) have stolen a march and could profit ingeniously from the situation.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Gunn has closed a deal with Warner Bros. and DC Films to write the supervillain team-up sequel Suicide Squad 2, and may also direct the movie. The cast issued a statement of support for their writer-director, imploring Disney to reinstate him.

As of yet, no replacement director has been announced for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Bautista has stood by the director, launching a campaign along with the rest of the Guardians cast to persuade Disney to reconsider their decision to remove Gunn, and even going as far to say that he would drop out of the film should Disney opt not to use Gunn's script.

"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative", Gunn wrote in a statement on Twitter.

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Ayer was originally set to direct Gotham City Sirens, which seems to have gone by the wayside, and to chip in on Suicide Squad 2, which was greenlit nearly immediately after the first movie overperformed box office expectations despite poor reviews.

Back in July Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn confirmed Gunn's firing in a statement that said: "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James" Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values and we have severed our business relationship with him'.

'To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies.

Suicide Squad 2 does not yet have a release date.

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