James Gunn’s future collaborations with DC after Peacemaker season 2 have received a promising update. After Disney briefly fired him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, WB and DC were quick to enlist Gunn to write and direct a standalone sequel to David Ayer’s critically panned 2016 movie, Suicide Squad. Gunn’s The Suicide Squad came out in 2021, and although it disappointed at the box office due to its COVID-19 day-in-date release, it garnered a glowing reception from critics. The critical success prompted WB to greenlight a spinoff show, Peacemaker, based on John Cena’s character from the movie. Gunn wrote, directed and produce the show, and when it premiered on HBO Max earlier this year, it broke viewership records. Peacemaker season 2 has already been renewed, with filming expected to begin in 2023.
Shortly after Peacemaker aired, Gunn confirmed that he was “very seriously” working on more projects based in the DCEU. Of the various projects in development, Gunn recently revealed that one has gained significant momentum, and he had already begun working on the scripts. This had fans pleased, until earlier this month, the newly formed company Warner Bros. Discovery spread chaos among the DC fanbase by shelving the nearly complete Batgirl film. Gunn was quick to assure fans that Peacemaker season 2 remains safe in wake of the unprecedented cancelation, and now the fate of his other projects is also clear.
A new report by THR notes Gunn has “multiple projects in development at DC,” and none of them are under any kind of threat. They remain on solid ground and continue to move forward, with the future of the filmmaker’s association with the franchise appearing decidedly bright. However, no other details were offered on the nature of those projects.
Gunn has surely had an occupied schedule working on both Marvel and DC projects over the last few years, and as the new update seems to suggest, he will remain busy in the days to come. One other spinoff show from Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie that has been reported to be in development is based on Viola Davis’ villain Amanda Waller, with the actress in talks to star and produce alongside Watchmen writer Christal Henry. However, Gunn hasn’t explicitly confirmed his association with that series, indicating that he could be working on an entirely different project. However, whichever show or movie he is working on, Gunn has promised that it will include some of the characters he introduced in Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad, so there is a chance that viewers could get to see some of their favorite antiheroes entertain them again very soon.
The new update builds curiosity to know what is the top-secret DCEU project with which Gunn is so deeply involved. Interestingly, Idris Elba is also circling a new DC project, and although it’s not confirmed that it would center on his The Suicide Squad role, Bloodsport, there is a chance that Gunn could be collaborating with him for a show or movie based on that character. After all, Gunn had earlier expressed interest in reteaming with Elba once he has the time. So now that his work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is approaching the finish line, it’s possible that he could sign on to pursue that ambition. That said, DC is actively working to increase outputs on all fronts in attempts to keep pace with Marvel. The new WBD CEO David Zaslav has already supposedly outlined a 10-year plan for the franchise, so once the details of that unravel, the specifics of Gunn’s upcoming DC project after Peacemaker will become clear.