James Gunn Says WB/Disney Just Aren’t Set Up For Low Budget Films Like Brightburn

I haven’t seen Brightburn yet, though I have heard less than stellar reviews for it. However, I am well aware that the film revolves around a similar story to that of Superman, with the big change being that in this universe the super-powered alien is, or becomes evil.

This feels like the kind of movie that could work as a ‘what if?’ type story for more established superheroes from the big two of Marvel and DC. But considering the R-rated nature of the film and the minuscule budget, (Brightburn reported to have had $6 million budget) is it really possible for the big guns to do something as small as this and make it profitable? James Gunn who produced Brightburn and has worked with both Marvel and DC doesn’t think so. Speaking with Screen Rant recently, Gunn says that Disney and WB, who own Marvel and DC respectively, just aren’t set up for these type of movies.

“I don’t think that big studios are set up to make a movie with a budget in the mere millions. I think a big risk for Marvel and DC would be, like, a $50 million R-rated Punisher movie or whatever. I think that would be great. But I think that to do something like this, once you get that studio thing happening, it adds another $20 million — which we couldn’t afford with this. This was a very low-budget film, and luckily we had great people working on it. A company by the name of Trixter who did the visual effects and were amazing, who did a lot of the visual effects for Guardians 2. But I think they’re just not set up to do it.”

If we are talking low budget movies for either Disney or WB, then we are still looking way beyond the budget of Brightburn. Ant-Man and its sequel were Marvel’s lowest budget MCU entries and those still cost north of $130 Million. Whereas for DC, the recent Shazam was reportedly budgeted around $90-100 Million.

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But perhaps the question we should ask is whether any of the fans actually want to see DC and Marvel tackle really low budget gore fests, and that’s exactly what I am hearing Brightburn is? I have to say that doesn’t sound like my kind of movie, and I am not exactly rushing out there to go see Brightburn. I’d really like to see something a bit more creative and less gore splattered from the big two in this vein, but I guess what I envision has a bigger budget anyway, making this a moot point.

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