News broke yesterday that James Gunn is officially on board for Suicide Squad 2. Linked with the project as far back as last October the original thinking was that he would write the script but now will direct the film too.

Interestingly it is not going to be a direct follow up.

The sequel has the title of The Suicide Squad and is not being labeled a direct sequel but as a relaunch … Sources say that Gunn’s focus is to take the franchise in a new direction with mostly an all-new cast of characters and actors. Sources also say that the project is also very much rooted in Gunn’s vibe, as seen in the Guardians movies

So, no Will Smith or Margot Robbie by the looks of things…

With a new vision and a, likely, entirely new cast, fans of the original probably have a lot of mixed emotions around this. The DC Universe is back in the ascendancy following Aquaman doubling down on Wonder Woman’s success, hopefully Gunn can help continue this.