James Gunn in talks to write ‘Suicide Squad 2’ for DC, eyed to direct (Exclusive)

Holy Poach Batman, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is in talks to write “Suicide Squad 2” for DC with an eye to direct the next installment, two insiders have exclusively told TheWrap.

Gunn will have a completely new take on the property, in which DC supervillains are recruited by the government to carry out secret missions too dirty for the likes of Superman and Batman.

The first “Suicide Squad,” which starred Will Smith and Margot Robbie, earned nearly $750 million worldwide on a $175 million budget before promotion and advertising.

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25, 2017: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resorts, director James Gunn attends the grand opening of Guardians of The Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction on May 25, 2017 at Disneys California Adventure in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 18: Film director James Gunn is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on December 18, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: James Gunn arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' on June 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: James Gunn attends the premiere of Disney And Marvel's 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' on June 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: James Gunn attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Thor: Ragnarok' - Arrivals on October 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: Film director James Gunn attends a keynote discussion about building worlds across entertainment mediums during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 coliseum at the Novo LA Live on June 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Director James Gunn and actress/model Jennifer Holland at the El Capitan Theatre Hosts Screening Of Disney And Marvel Studios' 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' held at El Capitan Theatre on May 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Writer / Director / Producer James Gunn attends the fan screening of Disney and Marvel Studios 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol1. ' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at the El Capitain Theater on May 4th, 2017 in Los Angeles, Californial (Photo by Brandon Williams/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 27, 2017: American film director James Gunn speaks at a press conference to promote his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: James Gunn attends the European Gala Screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: (L-R) Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan, James Gunn and Michael Rooker attend the UK screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Director James Gunn (R) and guest attend the UK screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Writer/director James Gunn (L) and actor Chris Pratt at the Chris Pratt Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony on April 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Director James Gunn at the 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Press Conference at the London Hotel on April 20, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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Gunn was fired from Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise after online critics discovered years-old tweets in which he joked about rape and pedophilia. Gunn apologized and said he had grown as a person in the years since the jokes.

Chuck Roven is producing.

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