“He is close to Satan in my book”: James Gunn Can’t Outrun His Past as His Comment About Green Lantern Writer Damon Lindelof Resurfaces

James Gunn bashed Damon Lindelof for Lost finale a decade before hiring him for Lanterns.

Green Lantern James Gunn and Damon Lindelof
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  • James Gunn's Lanterns hires Lost creator Damon Lindelof, True Detective exec producer Chris Mundy, and DC writer Tom King as writers.
  • After Lindelof's addition, Gunn's old social media comment on the creator resurfaced which consisted of some pretty scathing remarks.
  • Both Gunn and Lindelof might have gotten over those comments as they decide to work together on Lanterns.
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James Gunn’s DCU announced the writing team for Max’s Lanterns series on Saturday. The writing team involved DC writer Tom King along with Lost creator Damon Lindelof and Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy. While Gunn gave a hearty welcome to both Lindelof and Mundy, his comments against the Lost creator resurfaced on social media. Gunn had some scathing remarks about Lindelof for ruining the ending of the 2004 series.

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James Gunn (credits: Gage Skidmore | Wikimedia Commons)

Gunn’s other brutal criticism also resurfaced along with his remarks on Lindelof, this time against the legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott. Interestingly, the resurfaced comments ignited a discussion about what changed Gunn’s mind about Lindelof and hiring him as Lanterns writer.

James Gunn’s Past Scathing Remarks About New Lanterns Writer Resurfaces

A still from Damon Lindelof's Lost | ABC
A still from Damon Lindelof’s Lost | ABC

James Gunn‘s DCU project Lanterns gets a new writing team and the DC CEO welcomed them on board the cinematic universe in his latest Instagram post. Damon Lindelof, the creator of Lost and Watchmen, was one of the prominent names on the writing team. In his post, Gunn gives a “hearty welcome” to Lindelof but there was a time when Gunn wasn’t so hearty about the creator.

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A fan posted a screenshot of a Facebook comment made by Gunn in 2012, which carried some scathing remarks about Lindelof. Gunn, like a plethora of other fans, hated the finale season of Lost and took his anger and frustration to social media. Gunn wasn’t kind to the creator, comparing him to the infamous magician Uri Gellar.

In his comment, Gunn shared that Lindelof was close to Satan in his book and called him a “total scam artist.” He added that the creator had “no integrity” and ended the comment by calling him a “liar”. He wrote:

Lindelof is close to Satan in my book because of the end of Lost. He’s the Uri Gellar of storytellers, a total scam artist with no integrity whatsoever. And a liar.

It is clear that Gunn’s reaction was just a fan venting his frustration, however, his words were too hurtful against Lindelof. Gunn’s feelings toward Lindelof must’ve changed in the last decade, maybe after a couple of Lost rewatches or catching his critically acclaimed series like Watchmen and The Leftovers. Lindelof is way past all the criticisms for Lost and may not mind the comments from Gunn at all, considering it’s old news.

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Gunn also targeted filmmaker Ridley Scott during the release of the trailer of Prometheus. He shared that he liked the trailer but was skeptical of the movie because of Scott. He shared that the Alien director hadn’t impressed him with a single movie since Thelma & Louise in 1991.

James Gunn’s One Lanterns Hire Aligns With The Direction Of The Series

The first look poster of Lanterns | DC Films / Max
The first look poster of Lanterns | DC Films/Max

James Gunn also welcomed Chris Mundy to his writing team. Mundy served as an executive producer of investigative thrillers like Criminal Minds, Cold Case, and True Detective: Night Country. He also served as the showrunner of Ozark from 2012 to 2017. His True Detective connection is striking since James Gunn and Peter Safran earlier mentioned that Lanterns will be “very much in the vein of True Detective” (via Variety).

During the announcement of the project in 2023, the DC CEOs shared that Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart will be the protagonists of the series. They shared that the two Green Lanterns will investigate a mystery that plays a major role in the bigger DCU picture. Safran also shared that the series would be a “terrestrial-based investigation story” suggesting that it would take place on Earth.

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Fans can form their own opinion of the Lost finale after streaming the series on Hulu.

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