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Gunn, fired from 'Guardians,' to write new 'Suicide Squad'

James Gunn will write the next installment of

James Gunn will write the next installment of "Suicide Squad." Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Jordan Strauss

James Gunn may have been fired from Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," but DC Comics will welcome him with open arms.

Warner Bros. this week confirmed that Gunn will write the script to the studio's next installment of "Suicide Squad," the DC supervillain team-up franchise. In July, Disney fired Gunn after jokes involving rape and pedophilia he wrote years earlier on Twitter resurfaced.

The firing of Gunn, the creative force between the two hugely popular "Guardians" films, prompted its own backlash. The cast issued a statement of support for their writer-director, imploring Disney to reinstate him.

But instead, Gunn will take over "Suicide Squad," the franchise led by Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. The first film, written and directed by David Ayer, earned $747 million in 2016 but drew withering reviews. Gunn is expected to take an entirely new approach, and may direct the new "Suicide Squad" installment.

Gunn's tweets, largely from 2009 to 2012, received renewed attention after Gunn's criticism of President Donald Trump prompted far-right media personalities Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec to comb through Gunn's social media history. Gunn apologized. — AP

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