James Gunn’s Superman? James Gunn’s Hawkman? Can you picture it? We can’t either, but a new report from THR reveals that the director could have chosen a different path during negotiations with Warner Bros. before he settled on making a new Suicide Squad movie as his next project.
When Warner Bros. began “courting” Gunn after he was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 over a series of unfortunate tweets posted over a decade ago, the studio apparently offered him several DC characters to work on, including Superman. However, after researching the comics, Gunn decided that the Man of Steel just wasn’t for him.
The former Disney golden boy, who started off at Troma Entertainment before penning Scooby-Doo in 2002, is now handling writing and directing duties on The Suicide Squad, WB’s “relaunch” of the villainous team-up scenario in which DC’s stable of criminals do odd jobs for the government in exchange for shorter jail sentences. It’s still unclear which characters Gunn intends to bring back or recast for the reboot-ish film, but we’re sure that all will be unveiled in good time. Rumors persist that we could be looking at a brand new gang when the movie finally emerges.
Still, it’s hard not to wonder what a Gunn Superman movie might have been like? At the very least, it would have probably added a bit more levity to the character, something the franchise desperately needs after the self-serious Man of Steel and the unbearably grim Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Judging from Gunn’s recent superhero offerings, he may have even taken Superman off-world for a galactic adventure. We’d love to see this take on the Last Son of Krypton!
Which other solo movies do you think could have worked with Gunn’s writing style? Maybe Adam Strange, who is the way more serious version of Star-Lord?
More on The Suicide Squad as it arrives.