James Gunn Blasts Cameo P*rn in Superhero Films But Forgets He Called The Flash “One of the greatest superhero movies ever made”

James Gunn criticizes superhero cameo overload, but he forgot that a few month back he praised The Flash, which is known for featuring cameo-driven elements.

James Gunn Blasts Cameo P*rn in Superhero Films But Forgets He Called The Flash “One of the greatest superhero movies ever made”

SUMMARY

  • James Gunn revealed that the announced DCU heroes in Superman: Legacy will play big roles, and not just cameos.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy director criticizes the practice of empty cameos in superhero films.
  • On the flip side, he praised Ezra Miller's The Flash, which featured the unnecessary cameos of DC characters.
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James Gunn is now playing flip-flop games in the superhero industry. In a recent Threads discussion, Gunn weighed in on the abundance of DC superheroes set to join Superman in his upcoming film Superman: Legacy.

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The star-studded cast includes The Engineer, Guy Gardner, Hawkgirl, Mister Terrific, and Metamorpho. He also confirmed that these DC Universe heroes will not be cameos.

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Superman: Legacy

So, it’s a good news for the DC fans. But the director also criticized featuring cameos in the film. Although it doesn’t make any sense because a few months back, he praised a film that featured many DC characters to give a cameo element.

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James Gunn Slams Superhero Cameos

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James Gunn (@jamesgunn | Instagram)

James Gunn revealed on Threads that the announced DCU heroes in Superman: Legacy will play big roles, not just cameos. Gunn asserted, “The whole point was it’s NOT a large film -I mean, not in terms of cast.”

“It’s normal for single protagonist films to have other characters,” he added, “Much more unusual for them not to.”

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Responding to Gunn’s confirmation of a super-powered cast in the Superman: Legacy, @Drizzleboy expressed appreciation, writing, “Finally, someone who treats characters more than just *having a character appear on screen for 10 seconds to mark a checkbox.*” Over this, the DC boss replied:

“I call that ‘Cameo P*rn’ and it has been one of the worst elements of recent superhero films. If a character is in film, they have to have a reason to be there story-wise.”

Surprisingly, he criticized “cameo p*rn” after previously lauding The Flash (which is filled with disrespectful CGI actor revivals).

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James Gunn Praised The Flash, Known for Featuring Many Cameos

Nicolas Cage's Superman cameo in The Flash
Nicolas Cage’s Superman cameo in The Flash

On one hand, James Gunn criticizes the practice of empty cameos in superhero films. Whereas on the flip side, he praised Ezra Miller’s The Flash, which featured the unnecessary cameos of DC characters – that too, most of them with CGI.

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Speaking to Deadline during a press event in January, the Guardians of the Galaxy director spoke highly of The Flash – a film that incorporated elements like flashes of other DC characters, CGI recreations of actors, and cameos of different Batman iterations.

It tried to maintain a nostalgic and cameo-driven element in the failed but ultimately failed. The CEO of DC Studios said It “is probably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.” So, his criticism of cameos looks kind of invalid now.

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On this, an X user named @theeSNYDERVERSE questioned him the same: 

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Check out the fan reactions to the post:

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Check out some positive reactions as well:

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Maybe his thought process has changed in these months. But the point here is that his opinion on featuring unnecessary cameos might also be a jab at MCU. As the studio is known for its extensive use of interconnected characters and cameos.

Also read: Marvel Replacing Infinity Stones With Superheroes for Secret Wars: Loki is Time, Wanda is Reality – 4 Other Heroes That Replace Power, Soul, Mind, Space as Per New Theory

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Written by Shreya Jha

Shreya is an Entertainment News Writer at Fandomwire. She has over a year of experience in journalistic writing with a deep knowledge of entertainment world. After completing her bachelor's program in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shreya is now pursuing her master's degree in the same. Apart from being an avid reader, she's a huge Swiftie and K-culture buff. So yeah, when she's not writing, she will be caught listening to Tay or watching "Business Proposal" for the 100th time.