James Gunn Tells Fans Hard Choices Had To Be Made For DC Reboot
The new co-head of DC Studios explains that rebooting the DC Universe was full of difficult choices, but ones he made for the right reason.
The DC Extended Universe was riddled with problems for almost a decade, with director Zack Snyder's polarizing take on Superman, the less-than-promising box office receipts (outside James Wan's Aquaman and Patty Jenkins' first Wonder Woman film), and inner-turmoil controversies with Joss Whedon, Ezra Miller, and harassment from Snyder's own fanbase to studio executives, even after the Snydercut Justice League was produced.
Last week, it was revealed that Henry Cavill would not reprise his role as Superman going forward in Gunn and Peter Safran's all-new DCEU and setting off a wildfire of backlash that resulted in the hashtag "#fireJamesGunn" trending for almost two days. Gunn understood that this would happen and addressed his fans, and DC movie fans as well, about how he sees the choices that were made as very difficult but did what was best for the characters.
"One of the things Peter and I were aware of when we took the job of heads of DC Studios was a certain minority of people online that could be, well, uproarious and unkind to say the least," Gunn posted on social media. "Our choices for the DCU are based upon what we believe is best for the story and best for the DC characters who have been around for 85 years."
Gunn continued with how some of those choices, like recasting Superman for this universe and the possible reboot, come from a place of integrity, sincerity, and the best story in mind. He added that nobody likes being harassed and die-hard fans won't sway any decision with harsh words.
"We were aware there would be a period of turbulence when we took the gig, and we knew we would have to make difficult and not-so-obvious choices, especially in the fractious nature of what came before us."
Gunn burst into the superhero scene with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and made a household name for himself before briefly jumping over to DC after Marvel fired the director after old social media posts came to light. Marvel later rehired Gunn for Guardians Vol. 3, his last Marvel production, coming out this year. Gunn directed The Suicide Squad movie, a light reboot of 2016's Suicide Squad and the hit show Peacemaker for HBO Max, both earning critical acclaim.
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