The recently appointed co-heads of DC Studios, James Gunn and Peter Safran, have been under fire for quite a few days now owing to the removal of Henry Cavill’s Superman from the DCU, once again, despite the actor’s cameo in Black Adam. While some fans are excited to see what the duo’s “Slate” looks like, the fans who do not agree with this seem to be in the majority.
Now, a new scoop suggested that among the many actors that have been axed or are in the danger of getting axed, there are a few who will be keeping their place in the DCU. This list includes, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Daniela Melchior, and Viola Davis. This rumor led to James Gunn, once again, getting thrown under the bus.
James Gunn Accused of Nepotism
While no one seems to be safe from James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new plan for the DCU, a scoop by a Twitter user who goes by the name “MyTimeToShineH” stated that the above-mentioned actors will get to keep the roles they have been doing in the superhero universe. Apart from these names, Jason Momoa is also said to stay in the DCU, however he will not be playing Aquaman, but a different character altogether which fans speculate to be Lobo.
After the scoop was released, angry fans spared no time to drag Gunn blaming him for favouring his friends and practicing nepotism. The renowned director was also accused of being selfish and not keeping fans’ best interest at heart.
Reboot it ALL. Not cherry picking what YOU worked on with your wife. Wtf. If you’re gonna AXE everyone AXE EVERYONE. Stop playing selfish NEPO games Gunn
— 𝔅𝔬𝔯𝔢𝔡 𝔟𝔬𝔶 (@BOYIMBORED) December 19, 2022
i'm convinced this universe isn't for the fans…it's for himself
— Doh Say (@DohSay4) December 19, 2022
I thought it's a hard reboot. Just hypocrisy then. Also making Momoa a villain when he is a successful hero. What's the logic?
— gemfest (@gemfest1) December 20, 2022
So he kicked out everyone except his wife and friends (+ aquaman)?
— Shaji Paapan 🇦🇷 (@billyoftea) December 20, 2022
@JamesGunn this isnt a reboot this is selfishness
— Alex (@ALPO1158) December 19, 2022
However, in an interesting turn of events and putting an end to the rumor, Gunn took to Twitter to debunk the reports going around, stating, “I keep seeing posts with this untrue theory. We’re not recasting everyone except The Suicide Squad.” Looks like Gunn doesn’t play around when it comes to rumors and he certainly won’t be tolerating the spread of misinformation, as he’s made it clear before.
James Gunn States his Side of the Story
In the mix of a DCU reboot, lot of rumors, and a truckload of hate directed towards the Gunn-Safran duo, it was about time that the co-head himself spoke up about it all. In a series of tweets, Gunn mentioned that when he and Safran took hold of DCU’s reins, they were aware that there would be a bunch of people ready to bring them down as he stated that they could be “Uproarious & unkind.”
One of the things Peter & I were aware of when we took the job as heads of DC Studios was a certain minority of people online that could be, well, uproarious & unkind, to say the least.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 19, 2022
He continued that while no one deserves the treatment they have been receiving from the fans, they’ve been through much worse and a “Disrespectful outcry” won’t hither them from their path. He added that he knew there would be a period of turbulence in their run as DCU heads however, all of that falls short when it comes to giving DCU a “Wide and wonderful future.”
It seems like Gunn wholeheartedly believes in his plan. Now it falls on the shoulders of the fans whether or not they want to give Gunn’s DCU a shot or not.