According to Variety film reporter Justin Kroll, there's another reason why O'Connor is no longer behind the helm: his story for Suicide Squad 2 apparently "ended up being nearly identical to the Birds of Prey story".
James Gunn has closed a deal to write Suicide Squad 2 and will possibly direct as well, sources say. This comes after Gunn was sacked from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after alt-right figures unearthed inappropriate and offensive old tweets from Gunn, who is reported to write and possibly direct this DC movie.
Given that Gunn has been such a glowing aspect of the already-glowing universe that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it makes sense that the other side would do their best to seduce him.
While Gunn apologised for the tweets, Variety reports that the feeling in Disney is that those sort of jokes are unacceptable in the #MeToo era and do not fit with Disney's family-friendly reputation. Our first-blush thought is a one-word "duh", as Gunn's propensity for dark, profane humor and redemption seems like a ideal fit for DC Comics' most blatant anti-hero collection of bad-guys-gone-good.
Bautista has been a very vocal defender of Gunn since his removal from Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3.
Disney-Marvel is still reportedly using Gunn's script for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, though no director has been chosen (some have suggested online they would balk at taking it over out of respect for Gunn). Gunn is expected to take an entirely new approach, and potentially direct the new Suicide Squad instalment.
DC's next Suicide Squad film does not yet have a release date.
"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative".