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Billboard asks Disney to rehire James Gunn, but he’s writing ‘Suicide Squad 2’



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  • A digital billboard near Disneyland is asking Disney to
    rehire James Gunn for “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.”
  • It was paid for by a GoFundMe campaign that has raised nearly
  • But Gunn has been tapped to write and possibly direct a
    sequel to DC and Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad 2.”
  • Warner Bros. beat Disney in public sentiment after hiring
    Gunn for “Suicide Squad 2.”


“Guardians of the Galaxy” fans aren’t giving up on James Gunn,
even though he’s given up on Disney.

A new billboard near Disneyland in California is pleading with Disney and Marvel to
rehire the director
for “Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” even
though Gunn has been tapped to write and possibly direct a
“Suicide Squad” sequel
for the competition, DC and Warner

Disney CEO Bob Iger has also said that he doesn’t regret the decision
to fire Gunn.

“Guardians of the Galaxy 3” is currently on hold, but was
originally scheduled for a 2020 release. Gunn had finished
writing the script before he was fired in July when offensive
tweets Gunn posted
years ago resurfaced.

The digital billboard was paid for by a GoFundMe campaign that began in
September, before Gunn was officially on board “Suicide Squad 2.”
Since then, the campaign has raised nearly $5,000.

The billboard directs people to the website,, which also links to the
GoFundMe page and a petition to rehire Gunn,
which has over 400,000 signatures.

Read more: Warner Bros. triumphed over Disney
in public sentiment after hiring James Gunn for ‘Suicide Squad

It’s the latest show of support for Gunn, whose firing drew
criticism from fans and celebrities alike. The “Guardians” cast issued a
shortly after he was fired in support of him. Drax
actor Dave Bautista has been the most vocal against Disney, and
even tweeted “Where do I sign up!”
after it was announced Gunn would be writing “Suicide Squad 2.”

Gunn’s move to the DC world sparked positive public sentiment for
Warner Bros.
according to a Talkwalker social-media analysis
provided to Business Insider. The analysis showed that more
people disapproved of Disney’s decision to fire Gunn than they
did with Warner Bros.’ decision to hire him, and “Suicide Squad
2” dominated online conversation when he was hired.

Nevertheless, the fans behind the billboard are still holding out
some hope.

“It’s an exciting time to be a James Gunn fan,” a message
on the campaign page says. “With his great new gig at the
Distinguished Competition, and the launch of the billboard to
show public support for him returning to finish his beloved
franchise. Who knows if we can make Disney see the error of its
ways and correct this mistake but, like you, we couldn’t stand by
and do nothing. At least their competitors seem to know what
Disney has lost in letting him go.”

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