The perceived bad blood between the Marvel and DC fan communities does not exist between Hollywood’s biggest superhero studios, according to James Gunn. Responding to a fan question on Instagram, the filmmaker revealed that Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige was totally cool with Gunn making The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.
More than that — he came by the set to see how his DC project was coming together.
“I told Kevin Feige before I took the job and he was very cool and supportive as he always is,” wrote the writer-director, who made the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films for Disney. “He just wanted me to make a good movie. He and [MCU producer] Lou D’Esposito even came to visit the set and watched us shoot. There isn’t enmity behind-the-scenes like there is in the fan community.”
While the director didn’t share a photo of Feige’s set visit, he did share some images of the first table read for The Suicide Squad, which clarified its all-star roster at DC FanDome a few weeks back. Instead of releasing a first teaser trailer, WB shared a BTS featurette with testimonials from Gunn and members of the cast. This past weekend, some of the core creative crew behind the DCEU movie answered fan questions during the second day of FanDome. In a fan Q&A, Gunn plainly stated that the project’s first trailer won’t be arriving online anytime soon.
Viola Davis (“Amanda Waller”), Margot Robbie (“Harley Quinn”), Joel Kinnaman (“Rick Flagg”), and Jai Courtney (“Captain Boomerang”) are coming back to play their roles from David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (2016). The rest of the cast is brand-new: John Cena (“Peacemaker”), Nathan Fillion (“T.D.K.”), Taika Waititi (his role is TBD), Pete Davidson (“Blackguard”), David Dastmalchian (“Polka-Dot Man”), Alice Braga (“Sol Soria”), Storm Reid (“Tyla DuBois”), Sean Gunn (“Weasel”), Steve Agee (“King Shark”), Michael Rooker (“Savant”), Daniela Melchior (“Ratcatcher 2”), and Flula Borg (“Javelin”).
Despite being briefly fired by Disney for controversial tweets, Gunn will return to Marvel Studios in order to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The screenplay is already completed, but no release date has been fixed yet.
The Suicide Squad is slated to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.