James Gunn's Suicide Squad Film Will Be 'A Total Reboot'

The forthcoming follow-up to 2016 superhero movie Suicide Squad will be 'a total reboot', it has been revealed - which will be music to the ears of anyone who saw the original.

Despite lofty expectations and a stellar line-up, the DC Comics film divided opinion, scoring just a 27 percent rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

But it's not the negative online reviews that talk, it's money, and miraculously Suicide Squad raked in a ton of it, hence the posse will be making a return to the big screen.

Suicide Squad did well in the box office, despite not being very good. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Suicide Squad did well in the box office, despite not being very good. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will be at the helm this time around, and DC Extended Universe producer Peter Safran was keen to emphasise in a recent interview that the next instalment will be a stark contrast to the first.

Speaking to JoBlo, he said: "First of all, we don't call it Suicide Squad 2 'cause it's a total reboot, so it's The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it.

"It's everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot."

Bold claims there from Safran, who is understandably keen to distance the second instalment from the first.

James Gunn has a busy few years ahead of him. Credit: PA
James Gunn has a busy few years ahead of him. Credit: PA

Gunn will have a lot on his plate over the coming years, having been reinstated on Friday as the director for Marvel's third Guardians of the Galaxy film. The 52-year-old was sacked by Disney - which owns the comics giant - last year after tweets surfaced from a decade ago in which he made jokes about rape and paedophilia.

In a tweet, he thanked all those who had stood by him.

He said: "I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be.

"I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I have been and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support."

However, Safran insisted that the new Suicide Squad film would remain Gunn's priority.

He said: "It was all handled incredibly elegantly and everybody knows on both sides that Suicide Squad is the priority today and he'll finish that movie and then everybody knows that his next film will be Guardians.

"It's the best of both worlds, I think, for fans and for James Gunn himself."

There is no release date for the film as of yet, but here's hoping they don't rush it - after all, better late than shite.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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