Gunnar’s privileged position allows him to work and both Marvel and DC, although usually there is not much difference.
James Gunn has the rare honor of writing and directing superhero productions for both Marvel and DC, so there is hardly a better person to ask what it is like to work with these two vastly different universes. Of course, this topic often comes up when he is interviewed, and this was also the case during a recent discussion about making Founder of Peace.
To complement his mega-successful work on Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn jumped on the DC Universe train to work on the tough cast, which is The Suicide Squad, and now he’s getting his showrunning debut with HBO Max’s Founder of Peace. A show that, as confirmed by Gunn in a lengthy podcast session for The Hollywood Reporters TV’s Top 5, came to be part of HBO Max’s need to produce new content for the platform that Gunn never once doubted, that Peacemaker was the Task Force X member who most deserves his own spinoff.
When talking about what sets Marvel apart from DC, he pointed out that “Marvel comics were always a more one-of-a-kind series, and DC always had multiple offshoots of things like. Guards”, Why it is more natural for the current DC landscape to have properties Joker and Batman exist separately. Despite that, he claims he was never asked by Marvel Studios to connect Guardians of the Galaxy with everything else in the MCU -except for Thanos-, which is an advantage he again enjoys when working on Peacemaker’s individual story.
Although MCU several producers and directors from the new Disney Plus era have stated that Marvel Studios needs to include some characters and keep others off-limits, Gunn said he was allowed to use anyone, such as naming Bat-Mite as one Founder of Peace Easter eggs. In that context, the author and instructors claim that he started using Vigilante even before he knew the character had already appeared in Arrow series, simply because he never saw it.
Gunn also mentioned the benefits of working with HBO, which allows him to get pregnant Founder of Peace as a full-fledged show with lots of violence and gangs, instead of the family-friendly approach seen in Disney’s MCU, though it still makes it hard to navigate overtly racist characters like Peacemaker’s father. But in the end, it’s just the awkwardness of Founder of Peace it made Gunn pursue more of the character because he “thought he said a lot about our time”.
Overall, Founder of Peace is the manifestation of Gunn’s desire to explore more of the fringe and lesser known characters as he “is not interested in, you know, these icons, I am interested in the guy who is jealous of the icons”, which is the same spirit, which led him to continue working Guardians of the Galaxy initially. If early Founder of Peace reviews are to be trusted, it looks like Gunn may have beaten gold twice.
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Source: TV’s Top Five | The Hollywood Reporter
For those who are going to rock, James Gunn would like to help with that, thanks to his official (partial) playlist for his upcoming series, Peacemaker.
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