Earlier this week, it was confirmed that ousted Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn had been hired by DC to write and possibly direct Suicide Squad 2. Many people associated with both franchises responded to the news, including original Suicide Squad director David Ayer. Anyone looking for a beef should look elsewhere though, as Ayer had nothing but good things to say about Gunn in his Twitter response:
I think it’s an incredibly brave and smart move by the studio. James is the right man for the job! https://t.co/KaVD3dQosR
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) October 9, 2018
Ayer is still involved with the DC cinematic universe, as he is set to direct the upcoming Gotham City Sirens, which will reunite him with Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie. Given the overlap between the two franchises, it’s not unreasonable to think that Ayer and Gunn will cross paths and even have some input on the other’s film as both projects get rolling in the next few years.
Gotham City Sirens is expected to drop in 2020, with Suicide Squad 2 to follow sometime after that.
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20 Hidden Details In Suicide Squad You May Have Missed
Suicide Squad is certainly an odd movie for Warner Bros. and DC to position as one of the earliest introductions to their shared cinematic universe. As an offbeat ensemble picture focused primarily on B and C-list villains, David Ayer’s latest film would seem like a tough sell for audiences who have likely never read a Suicide Squad comic or are unfamiliar with a majority of the characters. Although the film does an adequate, if insufficient job of filling in the gaps, Suicide Squad is a film that truly rewards the observant comic book fan, as it’s packed with all sorts of references and hidden Easter eggs. While some of the following are easier to spot than others, you would certainly be hard-pressed to catch all of the following hidden details upon first viewing!
20. Harley Quinn and Joker – Alex Ross Cover
It’s hard not to notice the brief shot during Harley Quinn’s introductory sequence of the former Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel and her Mr. J dancing arm in arm while dressed to the nines, with the Joker in a dapper suit and Harley in her traditional red and black jester costume. What you may not realize is that this shot is a direct callback to artist Alex Ross’ famous cover for Batman: Harley Quinn. It’s certainly a shame that we only get to see Harley in her original costume for this brief moment, but we’ll give it a pass considering it honors one of the greatest comic book artists of all time.