James Gunn, the director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, was fired from Marvel for old offensive tweets circling around paedophilia and rape. However, DC is looking to bring him in, to work on the script for Suicide Squad’s sequel and to direct the film. Considering Gunn’s notoriety for treating superheroes irreverently and giving them a fresh twist, this could be the change DC needs. Both ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ show a group of characters who are no heroes but come together, set aside differences and save the day.
Gunn is notorious for irreverent takes on superheroes, so he could portray the Suicide Squad members as villains, forced to do the right thing instead of eventually turning them into heroes, like the first film. Gunn helming ‘Suicide Squad’ gives him a lot of creative freedom since the members of the squad have always changed in comics over missions.
The only constant has to be Amanda Waller, the squad’s puppet master. More importantly, Gunn could explore the political and moral ambiguity underlying many of the squad’s missions, in comics. Knowing Gunn, he might make such a statement post-Marvel.