The directing gig then passed on to Gavin O'Connor (The Accountant, Warrior), but according to IMDb, he has no less than SIX projects that he is now signed on to direct, and with Gunn coming on board as writer, it would make sense for him to take on directing duties, too.
In July, Disney fired Gunn after jokes involving rape and paedophilia he wrote years earlier on Twitter resurfaced. The film was previously going to be written and directed by Gavin O'Connor, but he has since moved on to other projects.
Bautista has been a very vocal defender of Gunn since his removal from Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3.
And Suicide Squad, unlike Guardians, was considered a total critical disappointment.
Suicide Squad, like Guardians, was a superhero team-up movie with an ensemble cast of less-than-heroic characters.
The film adaptation of Suicide Squad was already a bit of a Guardians of the Galaxy knock-off: you have a ragtag team full of scoundrels, banding together as unlikely friends to defeat a more powerful evil, all while classic songs play in the background. The publication writes that the directing gig could be decided once his script is complete.
James Gunn issued a statement (via Hollywood Reporter) at the time, saying: 'My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative.