Meanwhile, the alt-right blogger and popular conspiracy theorist that led the charge to get Gunn fired for his roughly decade-old jokes about pedophilia and rape is calling it a "double standard," since Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC -- a TV network owned by Disney -- for a racist tweet comparing former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarett to an ape and the Muslim Brotherhood.
"It's fascinating that Hollywood will give people a second chance after making pedophile 'jokes,' where as Roseanne has a lifetime ban for mistakenly believing Valerie Jarret was Iranian. These double standards reveal what Hollywood deems acceptable," Mike Cernovich said in a statement to TheWrap reporter Jon Levine. The same outlet that broke the news of the DC Extended Universe picking up the writer and director behind Marvel's hugely popular "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise.
According to the report, which cites three studio insiders as sources and WB has since confirmed to IndieWire, Gunn will offer a new take on the property that was previously adapted for the big screen David Ayer ("Training Day") and may end up directing. Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto were among the ensemble cast in the 2016 blockbuster about supervillains recruited from prison to work for the government. The action movie grossed $746.8 million worldwide, but was trashed by critics and was considered a disappointment by many fans, too.
Gunn was fired by Disney in July just before San Diego Comic-Con after Cernovich dug up the filmmaker's decade-old tweets making light of rape and pedophilia -- even though Cernovich has a history of rape jokes and encouraging men to "whip it out" to masturbate in front of women if they're not interested in sex.
In response to Gunn's cringeworthy jokes tweeted out between 2008 and 2011, Disney chairman Alan Horn said, "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him."
Gunn had previously acknowledged the tweets in interviews before his termination and in a statement after his firing, he said he was a "very different" person than he was when he made those jokes.
"Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor. It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over. It's not to say I'm better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over. For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn't living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it. Anyway, that's the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don't anymore. I don't blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all."
As a result of TheWrap's report, James Gunn and "Suicide Squad 2" shot to the top of the Twitter trends. The response is mixed, with many who felt Gunn was unjustly fired from Disney applauding WB, while those upset over his tweets weren't happy to hear the news.
Where do I sign up! James Gunn Boards 'Suicide Squad 2' To Write And Possibly Direct – Deadline https://t.co/OwdDbAm1Ks
I've seen some baller moves in my day but man, DC grabbing James Gunn to write/maybe direct Suicide Squad 2, after Disney/Marvel stupidly kicked him to the curb, is one of the most baller moves I've ever witnessed.
Suicide Squad 2 just went from "why?" to "HOLY SHIT YES."