James Gunn is one of the few to return from the land of the canceled. He may have even ended up in a better position than before he was eighty-sixed. Having been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for tweets around a decade old that were deemed offensive, and honestly, they were pretty freaking weird, Gunn was on the outs. At least with Marvel.
Not too long after he was hired by DC to bring about a new Suicide Squad movie. And not too long after that, he was rehired by Marvel the day after he landed th gig at DC. You can check out what Gunn told Empire about the situation below.
“It was a happy ending, but it was also scary, because I actually got the call from Alan Horn long before it was announced: it happened literally the day after I agreed to do The Suicide Squad,”
Gunn also let his marvel boss Kevin Feige in on his new DC project. Feige initially asked Gunn if it was Superman, twhich Gunn said to Empire was a ‘possibility.’ Gunn also let Feige in on the characters he would be using, as you can see below.
“Kevin knew who all those characters were for months before we revealed them at FanDome. He still knows who the villain is. I think he’s pretty trustworthy with his NDA!”
I guess it’s sort of like how when an NFL player does something bad enough that his current team has to release him. But after a certain amount of time another team may sign the player without any of the backlash or shaming the previous team endured. Now NFL players often do things much worse than post tweets that some take as offensive. I’m not trying to put Gunn in that category, but the situations have simalarities.
Personally, I m not a fan of cancel culture. At least not for tweets that, while I will concede were pretty weird, they were just words. I would assume that long before Twitter archived them, that a good number of people have said something at one time or another that they wish they hadn’t. It just seems a bit extreme to me to end someone’s career and livelihood because of something they said. Many of these gaffes appear to be jokes that fell flat, that just didn’t work for whatever reason. Now, don’t get me wrong there’s a line out there somewhere. One that a person probably can’t step back over. But I think it involves more than words.
Either way, I’m interested to see Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. And very happy to see him back at Marvel to finish out the Guardians trilogy.
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