Original 'Suicide Squad' director David Ayer responds to James Gunn’s casting announcement

Gregory Wakeman
Some of the Suicide Squad will return for James Gunn.

Suicide Squad writer and director David Ayer has announced his full support of James Gunn’s upcoming sequel/complete reimagining, The Suicide Squad.

On Friday afternoon Gunn took to Twitter to reveal the first confirmation of The Suicide Squad’s complete cast. Later that day, Robert Garcia, who is the mayor of Long Beach, California, decided to take to the social media site to thank David Ayer for the original film.

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“Just want to thanks [David Ayer] and the cast and crew of the Suicide Squad movie for creating a rich and amazing universe of characters,” wrote Garcia. “Loved the film, and excited to see the next chapter with many of the same characters. So glad this story will continue.”

This provoked Ayer to respond with, “On the real I cannot wait to see this movie #TheSuicideSquad.”

Ayer, who has been hard at work on his upcoming crime thriller The Tax Collector starring Shia LaBeouf, has previously been very open about the various shortcomings of Suicide Squadadmitting that wish he had done numerous things differently with the story, including giving more screen time to Jared Leto’s Joker.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01: Director David Ayer attends the "Suicide Squad" world premiere at The Beacon Theatre on August 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Gunn still has much to thank Ayer for, though. Not only does The Suicide Squad see the return of Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn from the original, but, lest we forget, while the original was savaged by critics it still went on to gross over £596 million ($746.8 million) worldwide.

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Here’s the full list of James Gunn’s cast for The Suicide Squad.

We’ll finally get to see what Gunn does with The Suicide Squad when it is released on August 6, 2021.