James Gunn confirmed that writer-Director-Actor extraordinaire Taika Waititi has already finished filming all of his scenes for the DC ensemble film The Suicide Squad. Meanwhile, one of the movie's main stars, Margot Robbie, is just getting started in the sequel turned reboot.
Although James Gunn said he has no plans to release character details any time soon, he hasn't quite been tight-lipped about the project either. He recently posted a question box to his Instagram Story asking his followers, "Hey what's up?" to which fans bombarded him with questions about his life and upcoming projects. One of those questions was, "When will Taiks approach the set of The Suicide Squad?" Gunn very honestly replied.
"@Taikawaititi has already filmed his scenes in The Suicide Squad."
The early wrap on Taika Waititi shouldn't come as a surprise because even without character descriptions, we assume his role will be a small one. The filmmaker has had very little free-time since his take on the God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok sent his career into hyper-speed, and Gunn's choice to nab the filmmaker for a role in The Suicide Squad was a welcome one. Waititi is one of those directors that fans enjoy in front of the camera almost as much as they do behind it. He saw success early with his performance in his What We Do in the Shadows.
He then created an original character for himself in Ragnarok, and it quickly grew to be a fan favorite, earning him a place in the hero-packed Avengers: Endgame and an expected place in Disney+'s What If...?. According to Waititi, he had no intention of taking on the role of Adolf Hitler for his latest project Jojo Rabbit, but Disney insisted, reaffirming his current power in the blockbuster world.
Margot Robbie, on the other hand, is just getting started as Harley Quinn under Gunn's direction. When asked about whether Robbie has filmed her scenes yet, Gunn said a simple, "Some not nearly all." Although the original Suicide Squad was met with criticism, fans generally agreed that Robbie's performance as "Mr. J's" biggest fan was among the strongest parts of the film. Expectations are high for the Oscar-nominated actress' return to the character in what she promises is a good, funny The Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey which will give us some insight into Harley's "bonkers" world from her point of view.
DC continues to earn more goodwill with each development for The Suicide Squad. Hiring Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn during his brief departure from Disney reinvigorated the franchise in the eyes of most fans. While Ayer's Suicide Squad installment was plagued with massive reshoots, deleted scenes, and piecemeal re-writes that threw massive chunks of exposition in between varying tones of dialogue and dangling plot threads, Gunn seems to be given the freedom necessary to accomplish the delicate balance he did so well for Marvel. We'll have to see if he can pull it off for DC in 2021 when Robbie, Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Joel Kinnaman (Rock Flag) return. This news comes to us from Gunn via Daniel Richtman's Twitter
From James Gunn's Instagram... 👀 pic.twitter.com/R6GtdfQhK3— Daniel Richtman (@DanielRPK) November 17, 2019