James Gunn Branded as “Hypocrite” For Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller’s Cameos in John Cena’s Peacemaker Season 1

James Gunn's remarks about the problem with cameo culture have landed him in some hot waters among certain fans.

James Gunn Branded as "Hypocrite" For Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller's Cameos in John Cena's Peacemaker Season 1

SUMMARY

  • James Gunn, like many fans, is tired of unnecessary cameos shoehorned into CBMs nowadays.
  • While James Gunn inherently doesn't have a problem with cameos and easter eggs, per him, they should organically fit into the story.
  • Gunn's remarks about the situation led certain fans to brand him as a hypocrite following his previous works.
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Since taking the keys of the entire DC universe, not every one of James Gunn’s statements has been met with the utmost assent, as fans of the previous DCEU weren’t jolly about the regime change. So it’s not hard to see why the acclaimed director often finds himself under fire by a certain fandom on the web, and his recent comments didn’t help make anything better.

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Following Gunn’s stance on the cameo culture in recent superhero media, certain fans branded him as a hypocrite, claiming his previous works also fall under the same issue.

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James Gunn on the sets of The Suicide Squad
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James Gunn Is Tired of Unnecessary Cameos in Modern CBMs

It’s hard to overlook the problem with studios emphasizing cameos to sell their CBMs instead of organically adding them to the plot, which appears to be Gunn’s biggest complaint against the genre. Although projects like No Way Home relied on nostalgia to do the heavy lifting, each Spider-Man and villain from the other universes served a meaningful purpose, which Gunn expressed what they should be used for. While James Gunn doesn’t inherently have a problem with cameos used as fun easter eggs, per the director, they should fit organically into the main plot.

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Speaking to fans on Threads, he said,

“I call that ‘Cameo P-rn’ and it has been one of the worst elements of recent superhero films… If a character is in a film, they have to have a reason to be there story-wise. I don’t mind actual cameos – if it’s a glimpse or a moment, an Easter egg. What bothers me is when they mangle an elegant story by shoehorning characters in – they aren’t there because the story calls for it, but for some other reason.”

Several MCU flicks and even the last remnants of the DCEU are also at fault for shoehorning cameos without a strong justification, such as Shazam 2 and The Flash. However, fans were also quick to call out Gunn on the matter, with some claiming the director is a hypocrite for his statements.

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Also read: James Gunn Stays Mum On John Cena’s Peacemaker Season 2 But Gives Major Update On Another DCU Series

James Gunn with John Cena on the Peacemaker set
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Fans Called Out James Gunn Claiming His Previous Works Too Are at Fault

One major example most pulled up is the JL appearance with Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller reprising their part in the Peacemaker finale, which for certain fans, seemed shoehorned. Apart from this, other minor ones involved The Collector and Howard the Duck in GOTG, which exactly isn’t a meaningless cameo, as Howard makes subsequent appearances in a plethora of other MCU films.

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Also read: James Gunn’s Favorite Comic Book is an Arrowverse Superhero, May be Hinting New DCU Series

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Aquaman and The Flash’s cameo in John Cena’s Peacemaker

However, the criticism against his usage of JL at the end kind of falls short as deeming it as an unnecessary cameo, like in many other CBMs, doesn’t do it justice. Considering that the JL was referenced several times throughout the series, with Peacemaker making witty remarks about them, the end joke about Aquaman was not only funny but did fit well with the storytelling. As for fans concerned about the huge cast Gunn has assembled for Superman: Legacy, he assured that everyone will serve a purpose to the narrative and help in establishing the greater DCU.

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Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.