James Gunn said Sunday that his two major upcoming projects, The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are not facing delays because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
While many films are facing significant delays in terms of production and release dates, Gunn’s projects appear to be moving along as normal, at least for now.
The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad is still set for release on August 6, 2021. According to Gunn, the team that’s working on the movie was lucky enough to wrap shooting before it became necessary for them to close down the set because of COVID-19. Gunn also said they are able to finish editing from their homes.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
As for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the release date still hasn’t been revealed. Despite the lack of a concrete release date, Gunn seems confident that the plans for the film are thus far unaffected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
James Gunn was originally fired by Disney from the Guardians project after old tweets resurfaced, but he was eventually re-hired and agreed to direct the movie after the shooting of The Suicide Squad had wrapped.
Gunn noted in response to an entertainment account on Twitter that most of the situation is outside of his control. He cannot personally assure the continuation of the two projects, but so far they’ve simply gotten lucky.
Other comic book movies haven’t as lucky. Marvel’s Black Widow has been pushed back to November, along with a bunch of other Marvel films. The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2 and Thor: Love and Thunder have all been delayed as a result of the coronavirus domino-effect.
DC is also facing pushback as a result of the coronavirus. While The Suicide Squad is still on track, the release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been pushed back to August 14.