How exactly James Gunn's The Suicide Squad will relate to the 2016 version by director David Ayer has been unclear, but now Ayer is shedding some light on Gunn's upcoming movie. Because Gunn's version will feature many returning characters, it had been assumed by many that the movie would be a sequel to Ayer's original. During an exchange with a fan on Twitter who referred to Gunn's movie as a "sequel," Ayer suggested the movies will apparently have no connection by offering this reply.

"It's not a sequel it's a reinvention and James Gunn is going to absolutely knock it out of the park. I'm cheering every step [of the] way."
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This resulted in some confusion from fans, prompting another Twitter user to ask if this meant Ayer's movie is "just a standalone, one off and has nothing to do with continuity?" In other words, it now appears that Warner Bros. is basically acting like the original David Ayer version never happened and is no longer a part of the DCEU in favor of starting the story over from scratch with Gunn at the helm. To that, Ayer verified that this was the case, implying that his 2016 version has been tossed from the continuity with this response.

"Yes that is correct - some characters and elements will be used but James Gunn is reinventing the universe. Everybody recognizes the immense potential of the franchise."

In other words, Suicide Squad and The Suicide Squad won't be sharing a movie universe, as the latter will basically be a total reboot of the former with many of the same characters. By essentially tossing out Ayer's version of the movie completely, the door is also opened for Gunn to reimagine other Suicide Squad characters with new actors and interpretations, although there's been no indication of that happening at this point. In any case, Gunn's take on The Suicide Squad is certainly going to be interesting, but it's more than likely going to cause some confusion with some casual filmgoers who aren't following Ayer on Twitter.

James Gunn wrote the screenplay to The Suicide Squad in addition to directing the movie. Reprising their roles from Ayer's Suicide Squad for Gunn's "reinvention" are Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag. Newcomers to the cast include David Dastmalchian as Polka-Dot Man, Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher, and Steve Agee as King Shark. Also starring are Idris Elba, John Cena, Nathan Fillion, Flula Borg, Taika Waititi, Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Storm Reid, and Michael Rooker.

The Suicide Squad is slated to be released in theaters on Aug. 6, 2021. Although its official release date is rather far away, there's already a lot of excitement surrounding the movie from DC fans. Going by Ayer's tweets, he's taking the tossing of his continuity in stride and will be there watching along with all of the other fans when the movie finally makes its way to the big screen. This information comes to us from David Ayer on Twitter.

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