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James Gunn was offered a Superman movie before picking 'The Suicide Squad'

Gregory Wakeman
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When James Gunn was fired from Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 by Marvel, it didn’t take long for Warner Bros to approach the filmmaker about making a DC movie. 

Eventually, it was announced that Gunn would write and direct The Suicide Squad, a quasi follow-up to David Ayer’s 2016 superhero blockbuster. But during a recent question and answer session on Instagram, Gunn revealed that he actually had the option of any DC character he wanted. 

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This included a Superman movie, however Gunn insisted that he wouldn’t have necessarily been a sequel to Man Of Steel. 

"As has been reported many times, DC offered me whatever film I wanted to do, including some sort of Superman movie (not specifically Man of Steel 2 as I've seen reported),” wrote Gunn, via Comic Book, before he then explained why he picked Suicide Squad. 

Director James Gunn attends a premiere of the film "Guardians of the galaxy, Vol. 2" in London April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

"I chose The Suicide Squad because it's one of my favorite properties in the world. It's the story I wanted to tell more than any other."

We’re still not completely sure how Gunn’s take on The Suicide Squad will link up to its predecessor. When Gunn announced the cast for his sequel he confirmed that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney’s Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag, and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller would be returning. 

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But that was it. Instead, Idris Elba, John Cena, Storm Reid, Nathan Fillion, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Michael Rooker, and Take Waititi, as well as numerous other stars, are joining the ensemble. 

We’ll finally get to see how they intertwine and what Gunn does with The Suicide Squad when it is released on August 6, 2021, while despite being fired he was later rehired by Marvel and will eventually oversee Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, too.

Unfortunately, despite Henry Cavill insisting he wants to return, we still have no idea when we’ll actually get to see Superman in the DC Extended Universe again.