James Gunn was told he could ‘do whatever he wants’ with any DC Comics’ character

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster…

James Gunn was told by Warner Bros. executives that he could do what he wants with any character from the DC Comics universe.

Last year, the filmmaker was hired to helm The Suicide Squad, which is a loose sequel to David Ayer’s original 2016 blockbuster, and filming finished just before the Hollywood shutdown amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a Q&A on his Instagram Stories, Gunn was quizzed about the upcoming movie, which sees Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman reprise their roles, and revealed that when he was in early talks with Warner Bros. about helming the film, he was offered his pick of projects.

One follower asked the 53-year-old if the rumours that he was asked by studio bosses to direct a standalone Superman movie were true, prompting Gunn to set the record straight.

“No one offered me a specific film, but various characters were brought up. DC said I could do what I wanted with any of the characters,” he explained. “I chose Suicide Squad because of my love for the Ostrader books, and movies like The Dirty Dozen. I couldn’t be happier with the film so far!”

He also cryptically teased the future of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and told followers that the third movie, which is currently on hiatus due to Covid-19, would be the last for him and his cast, including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana.

“It’s probably my last one, and probably the last with the current team. But you never know!” he quipped.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn revealed that helming a huge superhero ensemble blockbuster would never be in the pipeline for him.

“I haven’t been asked, but wouldn’t do it if I was,” he replied to one fan, who asked if he would ever direct an Avengers movie. “Just doesn’t appeal to me.”

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James Gunn promises Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and The Suicide Squad won’t be delayed

James Gunn has reassured fans Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Suicide Squad won’t be delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.When the global health pandemic began, production on countless movies and TV shows shut down in a bid to stop the spre…

James Gunn has reassured fans Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Suicide Squad won’t be delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.

When the global health pandemic began, production on countless movies and TV shows shut down in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

In addition, the closure of cinemas worldwide meant many film companies were forced to rethink whether or not to drop their features.

But in a Q&A session with fans on Twitter on Sunday, filmmaker Gunn was asked whether he thinks the proposed release date of 6 August 2021 for The Suicide Squad will remain in place.

“Right now, there’s no reason for The Suicide Squad release date to move,” he replied. “We are on or ahead of schedule. We were extremely fortunate to wrap shooting and set up editing from our homes (due to a post-production team and studio with foresight) before quarantine.”

The Suicide Squad, written and directed by Gunn, features an ensemble cast including the likes of Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney.

He added that the situation with the third instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy, also expected to drop in 2021, is much the same.

“Right now, the plans with Vol. 3 are also exactly the same as they were before coronavirus,” the director said of the film, which will see the return of Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

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Vin Diesel reveals Guardians of the Galaxy characters will appear in Thor: Love and Thunder

Vin Diesel has revealed that the characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies will feature in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.The team of superhero misfits, led by Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, were last seen in Avengers: Endgame, jetting off wi…

Vin Diesel has revealed that the characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies will feature in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.

The team of superhero misfits, led by Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, were last seen in Avengers: Endgame, jetting off with the Norse god, who jokingly christened the group the Asgardians of the Galaxy in a cheeky nod to his mystical home.

And Diesel, who voices the extraterrestrial tree-like creature Groot, revealed that director Taika Waititi is planning on including the Guardians in the fourth instalment of Thor’s standalone franchise.

“The director talked to me about Thor will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy,” the 52-year-old told ComicBook.com. “That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”

The Fast & Furious star is currently waiting to reprise his role as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which was delayed after director James Gunn helmed The Suicide Squad for DC Comics.

“I am waiting and excited for my friend James Gunn to knock this next one out of the park,” Diesel shared. “He took The Suicide Squad so he’s about to embark on it.”

Gunn has told fans during Q&A sessions on his Instagram Stories that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is already written, but hasn’t divulged any information on when production will begin.

Pratt is currently filming Jurassic World: Dominion and production is due to begin on Thor: Love and Thunder this summer, with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the Norse god, alongside Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and franchise newcomer Christian Bale.

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James Gunn reflects on ‘hard time’ while filming The Suicide Squad

James Gunn has reflected on the emotionally challenging time he had while filming The Suicide Squad.The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker began production on the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie last year, with original stars Margot Robbi…

James Gunn has reflected on the emotionally challenging time he had while filming The Suicide Squad.

The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker began production on the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie last year, with original stars Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis returning to the DC Comics saga, alongside newcomers John Cena, Idris Elba, and Taika Waititi.

Gunn celebrated the end of filming The Suicide Squad with a touching post on Instagram on Saturday in which he revealed that he had a hard time helming the project while grieving the loss of his father and his pet dog.

“And that’s a wrap on #TheSuicideSquad,” he wrote alongside a snap of the entire cast and crew. “My father died two weeks before we started filming and my dog died two weeks before the end. It was a hard, hard time in my life and yet the most fulfilling time I’ve ever had making a movie.”

The 53-year-old writer and director also honoured the star-studded cast, which also includes Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, and Michael Rooker in mysterious roles.

“The professionalism, talent, compassion and kindness of this cast and crew inspired me every day. Thanks to everyone involved in this film, in every stage of development, in every department – I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for you all. You are why I make movies,” Gunn concluded his emotional post.

The Suicide Squad will hit cinemas in August 2021.

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John Cena ‘blown away’ by James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad script

John Cena was “blown away” after reading James Gunn’s script for The Suicide Squad.News that the wrestler-turned-actor had landed a role in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation was announced last year, however details of Cena’s character have been kept un…

John Cena was “blown away” after reading James Gunn’s script for The Suicide Squad.

News that the wrestler-turned-actor had landed a role in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation was announced last year, however details of Cena’s character have been kept under wraps.

The 42-year-old confessed he was a “casual fan” of superhero movies in a new interview with Collider and said that when he arrived on the set of the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster Suicide Squad, he was impressed with Gunn’s creation.

“Having seen the first movie and then reading the new script, I was blown away. The first 10 pages (are) like a movie in itself. It’s really, really special,” Cena teased.

He also compared his performance as a “storyteller” in the WWE wrestling ring to Gunn’s work as a director and screenwriter.

“I’m also a storyteller at heart. I got to go out there on a nightly basis in WWE and entertain and make them want to believe that they want to see a WWE title switch or that so-and-so hates so-and-so or whatever story we’re trying to put together for that night,” he explained. “So I tip my cap to a great storyteller.”

The Trainwreck star, who is rumoured to be playing the Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad, also revealed that he was taken aback during his first meeting with the 53-year-old filmmaker when he realised that Gunn had the whole storyboard for the movie covering the walls in his office.

“You want go to work with people who jump out of bed every day and want to go to work. (Gunn) is the epitome of that. He cares so much about what he’s doing… and I hope everybody enjoys seeing it as much as we’re enjoying making it, because it’s awesome,” he shared.

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James Gunn blown away by Margot Robbie on The Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie is the best actor director James Gunn has ever worked with.Earlier this year, it was announced that the 53-year-old filmmaker would write and direct DC Comics’ upcoming movie The Suicide Squad, which is the highly-anticipated follow-up to…

Margot Robbie is the best actor director James Gunn has ever worked with.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the 53-year-old filmmaker would write and direct DC Comics’ upcoming movie The Suicide Squad, which is the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie.

Filming began last month on the flick, with original stars including Margot, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis returning to the sequel, alongside newcomers John Cena, Idris Elba, and Taika Waititi.

Despite only working with the Australian actress for a few weeks on the set of the film, Gunn believes she is the best in Hollywood.

“She might be the best actor I’ve ever worked with,” he told a fan during a Q&A session on his Instagram Stories, before adding that he also worked on the Oscar-nominated star’s Harley Quinn spin-off movie, Birds of Prey.

The filmmaker also opened up about Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, who was cast in The Suicide Squad in an unknown role.

“He’s blowing my mind with how good he is,” Gunn shared, before adding that he was a big fan of the Scottish actor in the 2009 political comedy In The Loop.

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Gunn was asked if he was “limited” with his ideas while making the Guardians of the Galaxy movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Kevin Feige asked me to include Thanos and create an origin for the Infinity Stones in Volume One,” he said of his experience with the Marvel boss on his first film, Guardians of the Galaxy. “Other than that I’ve never been asked to include any story point of connectivity in either Guardians, and I’ve been given completely free reign by DC.”

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Bob Iger fires back at criticism of Marvel movies

Disney boss Bob Iger has hit back at Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola over their criticism of Marvel movies.Iger, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, made an appearance at Th…

Disney boss Bob Iger has hit back at Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola over their criticism of Marvel movies.

Iger, who serves as chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, made an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference in California on Tuesday night, and during an interview, was asked what he thought of Scorsese’s view that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks are “not cinema”, and Coppola’s opinion that such blockbusters are “despicable”.

“Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese are people I hold in the highest regard in terms of the films they’ve made, the films I’ve liked, the films we’ve all watched,” he stated, according to reporters at Fast Company. “But when Francis uses the words ‘those films are despicable,’ I’d reserve the word ‘despicable’ for someone who had committed mass murder.

“I don’t get what they’re criticising us for when we’re making films that people are obviously enjoying going to and they’re doing so by the millions.”

Iger then insisted that Marvel films actually support the wider movie industry because they draw in viewers and allow cinema executives to show more independent films. He also compared Ryan Coogler’s box office smash, Black Panther, to Scorsese and Coppola’s movies.

“Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making Black Panther is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on,” the 68-year-old asked.

Following Scorsese and Coppola’s criticism, the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Robert Downey, Jr., Natalie Portman, and Sebastian Stan have all defended the MCU. However, Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch expressed support for both sides of the argument during a chat on SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show on Tuesday.

“I know there’s been a lot of debate recently with some very fine filmmakers coming to the fore saying these film franchises are taking over everything,” he explained. “But, lucky us actors who get to do both kinds of variety, at either polarity (in terms) of budgeting.

“I agree, we don’t want one king to rule it all and have a monopoly and all that, and it’s hopefully not the case and we should really look into continuing to support auteur filmmakers at every level.”

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Ken Loach joins filmmakers slamming Marvel movies

Veteran British director Ken Loach has joined Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola in slamming Marvel movies.Scorsese’s comment that superhero blockbusters are “not cinema” has sparked a fierce debate in filmmaking circles over their merits, with a…

Veteran British director Ken Loach has joined Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola in slamming Marvel movies.

Scorsese’s comment that superhero blockbusters are “not cinema” has sparked a fierce debate in filmmaking circles over their merits, with a host of Marvel alumni defending the movies, and Coppola calling them “despicable”.

Now, the two-time winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or prize has told British broadcaster Sky News he finds the Marvel superhero movies “boring” and “nothing to do with the art of cinema”.

The director, whose films Kes, and I, Daniel Blake focus on working-class lives, and once directed an advert for McDonald’s, compared Marvel films to fast food and said they were all about profit rather than art.

“They’re made as commodities like hamburgers, and it’s not about communicating and it’s not about sharing our imagination,” he raged. “It’s about making a commodity which will make a profit for a big corporation – they’re a cynical exercise.

“They’re market exercise and it has nothing to do with the art of cinema. William Blake said, ‘When money is discussed – art is impossible.'”

The 83-year-old’s latest movie Sorry We Missed You deals with the struggles of life in Britain’s low wage economy.

Explaining why he thinks more naturalistic cinema is important, he added: “It can laugh with us, it can cry with us, it can learn about our deepest feelings and what it is to be human – you find that in the everyday.”

Following Scorsese and Coppola’s criticism, the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Robert Downey, Jr., Natalie Portman, and Sebastian Stan have all defended the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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James Gunn defends Marvel movies following Francis Ford Coppola’s criticism

James Gunn has responded to Francis Ford Coppola describing Marvel movies as “despicable”.Martin Scorsese recently hit headlines for labelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks “not cinema”, and on Saturday, Coppola supported his fellow moviem…

James Gunn has responded to Francis Ford Coppola describing Marvel movies as “despicable”.

Martin Scorsese recently hit headlines for labelling the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) flicks “not cinema”, and on Saturday, Coppola supported his fellow moviemaker after accepting his Lumiere Award in France by insisting filmgoers learn nothing from Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s blockbusters and commented, “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director Gunn took to Instagram on Sunday to defend Marvel, and while he didn’t call out The Godfather filmmaker explicitly, did repeat his use of the word “despicable” in his argument.

“Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable’. Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same. I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, ‘I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!'” the 53-year-old wrote.

“Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers. Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay.”

Gunn previously posted his take on Scorsese’s view on his Twitter page, claiming he was disappointed to hear the Oscar-winning director “judging” his films.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” he stated.

Other Marvel movie stars to defend the studio include Thor: Love and Thunder star Natalie Portman and Captain America: Civil War actor Sebastian Stan.

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Samuel L. Jackson responds to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel criticism

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s scathing criticism of the Marvel superhero movies.In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning director compared the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme parks, and said he pitied the li…

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s scathing criticism of the Marvel superhero movies.

In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning director compared the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme parks, and said he pitied the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson for having to compromise their acting abilities to star in them.

Now, Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU, has fired back at The Wolf of Wall Street filmmaker and defended the Marvel movies.

“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either,” the 70-year-old told Variety. “We happen to, but not everybody (does). There are a lot of Italian-Americans who don’t think he should be making films about them like that… Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also responded to Scorsese’s statements and expressed his sadness in a series of posts on Twitter.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” the 53-year-old wrote. “What I’m saying is I’m not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them, whether it’s a movie about Jesus or a genre.”

Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Avengers: Endgame, also leapt to the defence of the MCU, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I would absolutely say that Marvel movies are cinema. Cinema is story-telling with visuals.”

The Goodfellas filmmaker sparked outrage last week when he told Empire magazine, “That’s not cinema… Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

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