Gunn and his collaborator Peter Safran have recently made waves for a new Superman plot in the DC Extended Universe that didn’t involve Henry Cavill. That caused a domino effect since fans heard rumors that the rest of the DC Universe would also be recast, giving Gunn and Safran a spotless slate.
Many have hypothesized that the new DC boss may use Gunn’s work as a writer and director on more recent DC films like The Suicide Squad and John Cena’s Peacemaker.
James Gunn confirms that his projects (THE SUICIDE SQUAD & PEACEMAKER) characters are NOT safe from being recast… pic.twitter.com/J4T0UXKYmV— The Hollywood Handle (@hollywoodhandle) December 19, 2022
Gunn has resorted to social media to provide his view on what’s happening behind the scenes as fans debate who is and isn’t safe from this anticipated round of recasting under Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD).
Some Details of The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad is an American superhero film (2021) based on the DC Comics group of the same name. Produced by DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, and The Safran Company, it is a stand-alone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the eighth film in the DC Extended Universe. It was distributed by Warner Bros. (DCEU).
I prefer this trailer over all the suicide squad trailers ngl pic.twitter.com/nrW7LfLPAI— Jake (@Hawkmansworld) December 17, 2022
The cast includes Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, and Pete Davidson. James Gunn is the creator and director. In exchange for reduced sentences, numerous prisoners in the movie join the “Suicide Squad,” a task group. They are dispatched to the island kingdom of Corto Maltese in South America to wipe out any evidence of the enormous alien starfish Starro the Conqueror before the local authorities take it over.
On July 30, 2021, The Suicide Squad had its theatrical release in the UK. On August 5, it was made available in theatres and on the HBO Max streaming service in the United States. Critics gave the movie favorable reviews, praising the acting, the action scenes, Gunn’s screenplay, directing, and visual design, and many thought it was a vast improvement over its predecessor.
Box Office Collection
The movie’s dismal box office performance, which resulted in worldwide box office receipts of only $168.7 million compared to a $185 million production budget, was attributed to the COVID-19 epidemic, the movie’s availability on HBO Max, and its relationship to the first Suicide Squad. The spin-off television show Peacemaker, starring Cena, debuted on HBO Max in January 2022.
The head of DC Studios clarifies recast rumors
James Gunn, co-CEO of DC Studios, answered a Twitter question from a fan asking whether The Suicide Squad cast would be the only cast in the DC Universe.
Given the connections they’ve previously had in the DC Universe, a fan observed how intriguing it might be to see “how Peacemaker and SS (Suicide Squad) characters/actors live on” while all the others are recast.
Gunn clarified that this notion is “false,” stating that there is no chance that actors from The Suicide Squad will be replaced while those from The Justice League will remain in their roles.
Your daily reminder that the suicide squad is the best dceu movie pic.twitter.com/8tb7AZETRY— Harley (@harleysuniverse) December 20, 2022
There are several possible interpretations of this message when considering DC’s future, even if Gunn leaves it purposefully broad and ambiguous.
A complete reboot would be the most straightforward choice, in which case new actors would play every part from the DC Universe’s previous ten years. The studio might decide to recast the remaining roles and keep a select group of performers from The Suicide Squad and other recent films.
When Will the Future of DC become Clearer?
James Gunn is renowned for his inclination to be transparent about the status of his projects, but he also understands when to be ambiguous, as he is with this report.
Given Gunn’s love for The Suicide Squad and its cast, it wouldn’t be strange if he wanted to continue the plot and give the actors additional opportunities in subsequent films. Filming for the second season of HBO Max’s Peacemaker is scheduled to start in a few months. However, things could significantly alter with Gunn in command of the entire DC Universe.
The Suicide Squad (2021) pic.twitter.com/kJPqcX8CzD— Shadow Knight (@ShadowKnightPK) December 14, 2022
Even though Gunn and Safran were successful in the early days of the DC Universe, if they decide to proceed with a complete and entire revamp of the plot, they will both likely lose some essential characters. No matter what the conclusion is, Gunn has even recognized that not every DC fan will be pleased with it, but he and the crew will make every essential decision with honesty and the franchise’s best interests in mind.
The complete details of the new DC Studios CEOs’ plan will be made public in early 2023, but in the meantime, fans will continue to speculate about what’s in store.