Former-Guardians director James Gunn will now direct as well as write the follow-up to Suicide Squad, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.
Gunn was let go from Marvel/Disney after past inappropriate tweets resurfaced during pre-production for Guardians Of The Galaxy 3.
During his hiatus, Gunn produced the Superman-riff BrightBurn which seems to have served as a transition between studios for the filmmaker.
2016’s Suicide Squad was highly anticipated but much maligned on release, suffering from everything from script issues and thin characters (which may or may not be because it was apparently recut by the studio who cut the trailer).
However, Suicide Squad 2 is rumored to be a retooling of the soon-to-be franchise with a new roster and direction which is in line with where DC is heading after the lukewarm reception to Justice League.
Being told that Gunn's SUICIDE SQUAD will not be a sequel, he will have a whole new take on it. But whether that means a total recasting or not is unclear.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) October 9, 2018
If Gunn is known for anything, it’s being able to assemble a diverse roster of characters/actors with a complex and engaging story.
And also probably the tweets.