The wrestler-turned-actor has been Gunn's most vocal defender after the director was fired by Disney.

By Sophie T. Stern
October 10, 2018 02:04 PM
Credit: Maarten de Boer

Former Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will write and possibly direct Suicide Squad 2, and actor Dave Bautista wants in.

“Where do I sign up!” Bautista, 49, posted on Twitter.

Disney fired Gunn, 52, from the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie in July after conservative personalities resurfaced Gunn’s old tweets joking about pedophilia and rape.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Walt Disney Company chairman Alan Horn said in a statement on July 20.

Much of the franchise’s cast has come forward to defend Gunn, with Bautista perhaps being the most vocal, saying that he finds the firing “nauseating” and wants to be “recast” if Gunn’s script is not used.

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“I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for,” Bautista tweeted in August. “GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel”

Gunn’s move from Marvel to DC should be a natural transition, as both Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy center around a group of criminals who team up to fight for good. David Ayer, the writer and director of the first Suicide Squad, expressed support for Gunn’s hiring.

“I think it’s an incredibly brave and smart move by the studio. James is the right man for the job!” the Bright director tweeted.