James Gunn Teases His Plan for Suicide Squad's Next Spin-off

By Richard Nebens Updated:
James Gunn, Peacemaker, Suicide Squad

After making the Guardians of the Galaxy a household name in the MCU, director James Gunn is looking to bring that same popularity to the DCEU. This started in summer 2021 with his work on The Suicide Squad, before he and Warner started an extended partnership. The first results of that partnership are coming in John Cena’s Peacemaker, although Gunn is far from done with this universe.

While the director has no intention of being the DCEU's Kevin Feige, he's already confirmed to have more new content in development for the expanding franchise. Although Gunn is never one to shy away from talking about his upcoming work, he's not offering many details at all about specifics for his new additions.

With so many characters having the opportunity for new adventures after The Suicide Squad, it seems only natural that Gunn will look to further explore the work he started a couple of years ago. Recently, Gunn confirmed that this is the case, as he discussed what he's working on for the future.

James Gunn Teases New DC Spin-Off

Peacemaker, Amanda Waller, Bloodsport

In an interview with Deadline, The Suicide Squad director James Gunn teased another spin-off from the DCEU movie that's in development.

Following his work on John Cena's Peacemaker, which is currently streaming on HBO Max, Gunn revealed that he and Warner Bros. are working on another project "connected to that universe." However, he couldn't give any specifics on what the new entry is:

“We’re working on something else now, another TV show that’s connected to that universe. I can’t quite say.”

Sources say Gunn has spoken with HBO Max about potentially developing another series based on an undisclosed The Suicide Squad character. Nothing is greenlit at the moment, although it appears that the studio is looking at the idea favorably.

When asked if the show focused on Peter Capaldi's Thinker, Gunn avoided confirming him or any character. The director teased that the show will be a different genre than Peacemaker, but that it will exist "in the same universe:"

“I can’t say anything. It is connected to this universe, and I don’t think it will be the same genre as Peacemaker; it won’t be as much a comedy as Peacemaker, but it will be in the same universe.”

The Suicide Squad Moving the DCEU Forward

Considering the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Warner Bros' Peacemaker, the studio and Gunn are looking to continue their run of success with characters from The Suicide Squad. And ever the secretive one, Gunn makes sure not to give away any of those specific plans with his latest quotes.

The core point to take away is that Gunn's new entry will connect to the universe built in The Suicide Squad, as is the case with Peacemaker. While nothing is confirmed yet between Gunn and Warner Bros., the duo has plenty of options for other players from that movie to dive into for new stories.

Gunn already debunked the idea of the show focusing on Idris Elba's Bloodsport, and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn may also be less likely with the actress' packed schedule. Even so, with plenty of other now-iconic bad guys like King Shark, Ratcatcher 2, and Weasel still on the table, the director should have plenty of options for his next DCEU venture.

The first five episodes of Peacemaker and The Suicide Squad are available to stream on HBO Max.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.