Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has developed a strong reputation for being very open on social media.
As such, it wasn’t surprising when he took to Facebook recently to answer fans’ questions – but what was surprising, though, was some of the insight he provided into DC’s movie universe.
According to Gunn, having the chance to work on a DC movie hasn’t ever really appealed to him, although not for a lack of trying on DC’s part to convince him to take on one of their films:
“I’ve had opportunities to make DC films, but I haven’t said yes to anything, and not sure I would at this time.”
This isn’t to say that Gunn doesn’t enjoy DC movies, or the comics that they’re based on. The director noted that there are some fantastic action pieces in Man of Steel, although he did admit that he hasn’t seen Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad.
Gunn also noted that there are several properties that appeal to him more than others – he specifically mentioned Jonah Hex, Swamp Thing, Shazam and Metal Men as properties that he loves and might like to try adapting one day.
For the moment, though, it seems that Gunn is tied to Marvel – although this isn’t destined to last forever. In a recent tweet, Gunn noted that he’s not yet sure if he’ll return to the studio to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
It’s not known what movies were offered to Gunn by DC, nor is the director forthcoming with why he turned these projects down. There are a whole host of reasons why a filmmaker might not want to work on a particular project, and it could simply be the case that Gunn didn’t feel the movie he was being offered fit with his schedule.
It’s important to note that an inability to sign on James Gunn for a movie is not an indicator of any specific failing on DC’s part. Comparisons between Marvel and DC movies are common, but they’re not always fair – it’s worth noting that of Marvel’s first three films, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2, only one movie was a breakout success.
If anything, it’s a good thing that Gunn is now steering clear of DC movie properties. As tempting as it might be for DC to try and poach Marvel creators, it’s not necessarily in the company’s best interests.
After all, a lesson should be learned from director Bryan Singer’s abandonment of X-Men 3 to film Superman Returns. That lesson is: sometimes, in stealing away a director, a movie studio will inadvertently not just ruin one, but two perfectly good franchises.