James Gunn may be going from one superhero universe to another.
The director of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its sequel — who was fired from the franchise by Disney and Marvel earlier this year after old tweets emerged in which he joked about rape and pedophilia — is now reportedly in talks with DC to take on the planned “Suicide Squad” sequel.
According to The Wrap, Gunn is currently in talks with the studio to write the film, with an eye to potentially direct it as well.
Gunn will reportedly be bringing a brand-new take on the material, which features a group of supervillains recruited by the government for secret suicide missions.
His “Guardians” stars – who petitioned Disney to re-hire the director after it was revealed right-wing trolls spearheaded the take-down of Gunn – are celebrating the news, with Dave Bautista already gunning for a role.
The first “Suicide Squad” film, which was directed by David Ayer and starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto was released in 2016 and grossed nearly $750 million at the box office despite a slew of negative reviews.