Directing a brand new Superman film was an possibility for James Gunn
The future of the DC symbol Superman on screen is largely unknown. While The Batman continues in his profession, there are currently no plans for any more big screen adventures with the Man of Steel. Well, it turns out that may not be the case for much longer and that none of the others than Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was almost the man at the top.
During a recent interview James Gunn offered an insight into a conversation with Marvel boss Honcho Kevin Feige about a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy. When Gunn was offered the MCU Threequel, Feige announced that he had accepted a project at DC the day before that Feige asked, “Is it Superman?” While the project in question was actually the upcoming villain team The Suicide Squad, Gunn admits that Superman “was a possibility”.
Although Gunn did not elaborate on the discussion, it seems to confirm that Warner Bros. plans to develop a new Superman project. While Gunn declined in favor of The Suicide Squad, it’s hard not to feel a trace of disappointment that Gunn’s take on Man of Steel will never materialize.
While fans remain in the dark about Kal El’s ongoing adventures, rumors persist that Justice League star Henry Cavill will eventually repeat his role on the series. The recent internet buzz claimed that Cavill will actually return to the big screen as the Last Son of Krypton. The 37-year-old actor is said to have signed a new deal that includes three films and options for cameos in other films in the DC universe. It has also been claimed that interest in Henry Cavill’s return was piqued by the successful announcement of The Snyder Cut, due to be released on HBO Max next year. Cavill himself is said to have included Superman in the studio, which was very well received.
As for The Suicide Squad, Gunn brought back some familiar faces for his first foray into DC, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, all of whom are re-playing their roles from the Suicide Squad 2016. There will also be a lot of new faces, the rest of the team consists of Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker, David Mastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, Flula Borg as Javelin and Nathan Fillion as TDK, Peter Capaldi as Thinker, Pete Davidson as Black Guard, Alice Braga as Sol Soria, Sean Gunn as Weasel, Michael Rooker as Savant, Mayling Ng as Mongal and Steve Agee as King Shark.
Gunn wants to make an impression with The Suicide Squad and has clearly already impressed studio bosses, as spin-offs have already been involved in the development. A series focused on Peacemaker has been given a straight-line sequence of eight episodes for season one, with John Cena repeating his role as the unstable DC superhero. Gunn will write all eight episodes and direct some of them himself and act as executive producer alongside Peter Safran, and Cena as co-executive producer. Peacemaker is set to begin production in early 2021 and stream it exclusively on HBO Max.
The Suicide Squad is set to be released in the United States on August 6, 2021. If that wasn’t more than enough to keep Gunn busy, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will begin filming in the summer of 2020 and will be released sometime in 2022. That comes to us from the Empire.
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