Deadline says that Gunn is writing the sequel to Suicide Squad, and WB has asked him to consider directing it. This comes after Gunn was sacked from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after alt-right figures unearthed inappropriate and offensive old tweets from Gunn, who is reported to write and possibly direct this DC movie.
The various Hollywood trade sites report that Gunn's take on the Suicide Squad characters will be brand new, which has lead to speculation there could be a recasting of the actors and characters. The film was previously going to be written and directed by Gavin O'Connor, but he has since moved on to other projects. Gunn's Suicide Squad could conceivably differ from Ayer's in terms of story alone, thereby employing numerous first film's same cast members and characters.
Ayer is likely preoccupied working on Bright 2, which follows up the Netflix feature film starring Suicide Squad veteran Will Smith.
It's no secret that fans and critics adore Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 for their uniqueness, originality, and creativity - and that's due in part to the stellar scripts Gunn wrote for both.
Ayer's return to the franchise was never on the table following the director's creative differences with the studio during the film's post-production process. Word on the street is that Warners has been keeping a close eye on Gunn for the job since the moment that his firing from the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY franchise was made public.
"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.
'I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all amusing, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time'.