Hoooooooy boy, did Suicide Squad 2 just get an awful lot more exciting?!
With Disney refusing to relent and rehire James Gunn for the currently on-hold Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3, it seems their "rivals" at Warner Bros (at least in terms of the Marvel/DC divide) have stolen a march and could profit ingeniously from the situation.
According to The Wrap, Gunn is in talks to write the script for Suicide Squad 2 and also direct it. He'd be replacing Gavin O'Connor who was initially announced and now looks like he might be a big-name casualty of circumstances.
This is the kind of opportunity Warner Bros simply couldn't turn down. Gunn was single-handedly responsible for making Guardians a premium brand for the MCU, despite a total lack of lack and his creative vision was enough to make Marvel Studios promote him to a higher position within the MCU's hierarchy to look at future opportunities.
On top of profiting from the anti-Disney sentiment that was borne out of Gunn's firing (which in itself is enough to guarantee a few hundred million dollars), Warner Bros can also count on a true talent who is actually a great fit for a team full of misfits. Let's just hope he has full remit to cast off the shackles of the first movie.
And let's also hope that Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker are happy to come with him...