James Gunn and Matt Reeves signed by Warner Bros. for new DCEU movies; Ben Affleck is no longer Batman

James Gunn is now back to work again, but under the umbrella of the Warner Bros. owned DC Entertainment division. He will be working as the writer and director on the company’s new installment of the Suicide Squad movie franchise, which may contain a different ensemble cast of characters not seen in the first movie. In the middle of last summer the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 writer and director was fired by the Disney owned Marvel Entertainment for controversial statements that were posted on his Twitter account nearly ten years prior, but brought back to the forefront of attention by a reporter from One American News Network. Gunn later issued an apology, of sorts, on his social media account in order to address the issue as direct as he thought necessary.

There is no precise word yet on the possibility if any of the actors who appeared in the first movie will be making a return appearance as their respective character in the next installment of the series.

Margot Robbie has already scheduled to return as Harley Quinn, but in the new Birds of Prey movie scheduled for a release in 2020. A promotional trailer for it has just dropped online this week, which prominently features her in full regalia alongside quick shots of her co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, among others.

Ben Affleck is also out of the mix for all future movie appearances as Batman. The rumors were circulating for a several months now, but now officially confirmed by Variety (source) when Warner Bros. announced Matt Reeves will direct The Batman with a 2021 scheduled release date. Reeves previously directed several hit movies, including Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Source: Variety, Hollywood Reporter (1/30/19), Hollywood Reporter (7/20/18)

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