During a recent interview with Esquire, Gunn reflected on the impact of switching to the DC franchise during his exile from Marvel. He indicated that The Suicide Squad came at just the right time for him, and credited the film with having saved his life “in so many ways” because it helped him “get out” from where he was at the time.
“I’m baffled at where my life is right now, considering what it was almost exactly three years ago,” Gunn admitted. “It may sound silly, but I thank God for everything I have been through because I really needed this movie,” he added. “I needed to tell the story. I needed to meet the people I met while making this film. “
Gunn further expressed how much The Suicide Squad meant to him, explaining that, from a creative standpoint, the film had helped him rekindle his mind and rediscover why he wanted to start making movies. in the first place – which is something he felt he had been slightly lost along the way.
“I just needed this movie. I needed to get out of where I was, because I wasn’t the healthiest person at the time, ”he revealed. “I was distracted by things that mattered less to me. With that, I really came back to that pure creative spirit, which is why I made movies in the first place. And I think I had forgotten that a little bit. “
Gunn was ousted as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in 2018 after controversial tweets from a decade earlier resurfaced online. Gunn’s dismissal sparked an immediate backlash from fans and cast members of Guardians of the Galaxy, who joined forces to release a joint statement in favor of the filmmaker.
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A year later, Gunn was reinstated as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, though he had to finish his work on The Suicide Squad before returning with Star-Lord and his motley team of cosmic cult favorites. Filming for the film is expected to begin later this year, as the script is complete and most of the production managers have been hired.
Meanwhile, The Suicide Squad is reaching the home stretch of its promotional campaign. Gunn took to Twitter on Friday to share a new poster for his standalone sequel, as well as a reason his premiere date is special to him. Previews will begin on August 5 before the film begins its official rollout in theaters and on HBO Max (for 31 days) on August 6.
Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.