MOVIE NEWS – With the second season of Peacemaker, James Gunn’s second Suicide Squad spin-off series looks to be moving forward.
For James Gunn, it was an odd blessing in disguise that Disney fired him from his Guardians of the Galaxy directing position on short notice. Thanks to Disney’ letting him go’, Gunn was able to jump on the DC bandwagon as director of The Suicide Squad, which led to a very healthy and seemingly fruitful relationship with Warner Bros. Although these problems have now been resolved, and Gunn is currently working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Marvel Studios, it seems that his main future is with Warner Bros. when it comes to the superhero world, and the production of the next Suicide Squad spin-off is moving along quite quickly.
This week saw the debut of the final episode of Gunn’s Peacemaker series, which was quickly followed by the announcement that the director hopes to make a second outing for John Cena’s anti-hero. However, there is another project that James Gunn has been working on for some time, which is currently lurking in the shadows, and would create a second Suicide Squad spin-off. While there’s still no word on exactly which characters will be involved in the new Suicide Squad venture, James Gunn revealed that it wouldn’t be long before all is disclosed. Here’s what the director told Variety:
“Yeah, that [project] ‘s advanced a lot. Hopefully, in not too long, people will know more about that.”
“It’s not 100%. But we’ve been working heavily on it. So that would be something that would happen in addition to Peacemaker Season 2.”
James Gunn has previously said that he feels he has much more freedom working on DC’s R-rated content than he does at Marvel, who currently have a strict PG-13 rating for their most notable projects and the MCU. For this reason, it seems that Gunn will not just stay at DC for a while but will focus on small screen work for at least the following year. Here’s what he said:
“Yeah, I think I pretty much have decided that after I’m done with Guardians, I’m going to be doing television for at least a year. My mind’s made up on that. Not all the shows that we’re dealing with are things that I’m going to be writing and directing, so some of them may take different amounts of my time. Peacemaker is going to be me writing, me directing and spending all my time on set. But other shows that may not be writing and directing or not directing all the episodes.”
It’s clear that James Gunn is in his element at the moment, and it shows in his work: Peacemaker has received great reviews, as has last year’s The Suicide Squad. It seems Warner Bros. is more than happy to give Gunn the power to do pretty much whatever he wants, and since that seems to be what the fans want, he may stay on longer than planned.